American food as viewed by China?
Seems that China has destroyed shipments of foods and nutritional supplements from the United States citing the failure to meet Chinese safety standards. Truly a WTF moment.

Raisins and health supplements imported from the United States failed to meet Chinese safety standards and have been returned or destroyed, the country’s food safety agency said Friday.

Inspectors in the ports of Ningbo and Shenzhen found bacteria and sulfur dioxide in products shipped by three American companies, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said.

“The products failed to meet the sanitary standards of China,” the agency said in a brief notice posted on its Web site. No details were given on when or how the inspections were conducted.

Could this be the opening salvo in a protracted trade war? The cynic in me says the leaders will meet, laugh about the news reports, share some exotic and luxurious foods and drink, gift exchange and then go on stage and say that the two nations are working together. Besides, can America survive a trade war with China?

  1. bobbo says:

    ethnocentrism: Belief in the superiority of one’s own ethnic group

    racism: The prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races

    Now the difference as best I can tell is that one is a belief and the other is a prejudice? Too subtle for me.

    I think (guess really, or its fun to think of it as) both spring from a more negative source===the fear of anything that is not me. The more “not me” the more fearful it is. Avoiding that which is not me has real survival value. In that sense, it is darwinian hardwiring which is why we see it across time and society. Hardwired doesn’t mean it can’t be overturned by SCIENCE!

  2. Lauren the Ghoti says:

    No, it has to be overturned by a certain level of intelligence in each individual, which is significantly higher then most of humankind exhibits, or will for the foreseeable future.

    Most humans simply are not intelligent enough to develop the necessary degrees of both self-awareness and empathy for others extrinsic to their group necessary to consciously repress their instinctual tropism for group identification and the behaviors that entails.

    In other words, fuck these trendy, artificial political value judgments; it’s not good, it’s not evil – it simply is. It’s one of those behavioral traits that can only be corrected within oneself.

    Your faith in science is touching, but we’re still a little ways away from neurosurgical correction of unpopular thought processes. (Thank Jeebus…)

  3. Angel H. Wong says:


    There’s plenty of Ethnocentrism in the Asian nations, so much they make white Racists look like nothing more than sports fans a bit too loyal to their sports team.

  4. Lauren the Ghoti says:

    You probably never noticed, but the Westen leftist multiculti white-guilt-fueled “liberal” culture is the only one on Earth that doesn’t consider itself superior to all others…

  5. bobbo says:

    35–Great post, very lyrical. But that tropism is evil because it encourages unnecessary misery based on incorrect assumptions. I too would recommend a surgery when SCIENCE finds that niggly part of the brain. It will be a circumcision for humanity.

    Yours, in SCIENCE!

  6. noname says:

    Whoa what kind of people cook their cat on the stove, morons.

    Cats taste better after being microwaved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. bobbo says:

    Well, lots do. In vietnam I was having a bowl of stew and a little bitty hand came floating to the surface. I didn’t finish my meal and continue to only hope it was a monkey.

  8. ECA says:

    Just the idea that ALL the young ones in our nations FOR SOME REASON, think an Ipod in the USA costs the same in Japan, or Korea where they are made.
    If we could buy at COST+10% we could Buy up ALL of the middle east and Asia…And not worry about it.
    But those CHEAP goods, are costing 2-100 Times their cost.
    Ask WalMart.. thats Why they went direct.
    It was the only way to make money in the current Business world. CUT ALL those Middle men, and contracts..
    Then Add in Current EMployee practices…And you have a wonderful world of profits.

    Considering the average profit margins…If the Corps would cut it in 1/2…We could ALl be happy and wearing Armani.

  9. Jägermeister says:


    My point was that it’s not racial pride they’re encouraging, but national pride. Two different things. My wife is Chinese, and we know at least 15 other interracial couples of various combinations… I’ve never heard someone utter such a bullshit statement as you stated from your novel.


    That’s due to nationalism. Which the Chinese has more than enough of.


    I was talking about racism… in the correct meaning of the word. When a Chinese person says that black people are dumb and ugly, that’s racism. If you don’t that’s the case, then write a book about it.

    #37 – You probably never noticed, but the Westen leftist multiculti white-guilt-fueled “liberal” culture…

    Do you have a problem with multiculturalism, Lauren? Do you think that I blame white people, just because I like it?

  10. Podesta says:

    Well, I am not going to let Lauren the Bigot’s ‘scientific’ racism pass once again. (Though, I am glad it has not gone unremarked by others.) There’s no basis for the kind of nonsense he believes. It is the obsession of crackpots who want to make white supremacy respectable. Racism in not some inherent genetic condition. It is taught.

    What I most notice about the other racist claims is that the come from some pretty old guys. It is as if they are stuck in the American attitudes of the past. Same for their take on protectionism. It is outdated in an economy in which international corporations have incomes greater than most countries’ GNPs.

    That said, the Chinese government’s response to the contaminated imports scandal is plain old damage control. It is trying to limit the fallout, by saying ‘you, too.’ There’s no conspiracy to cause a trade war.

  11. bobbo says:

    44—So, the issue on the table is “Should we” have a trade war?

    In that you correctly indentify corportions having incomes as large as some GNP’s, what do you think?

  12. ECA says:

    I would say something interesting.
    I LIKE the FEW companies that have sprung up, that sell DIRECT from China/Japan…
    Think about it.
    They sell at 10% of the USA RETAIL…
    Want to see?

    TRY it.
    If it aint from EUROPE, its probably There.
    a digital Voice recorder, with 512 meg or something like 70 hours of recording?
    Nothing FANCY, just the basics…


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