The Dangers of Satire: It’s Not Funny, But, Could It Be a True Reflection of a Majority Attitude, Hidden from the Outside World? — Written 05/15/2012

For Your Entertainment (FYE) IF NOT For Stirring Up Your Xenophobia, Hate and Revolt Against Expats/Foreigners…….;+)

Beware cartoonists, NOT only Muhammad the Prophet is taboo, Vietnamese comments are seemingly, too……..;+)

“The 114-page comic features conversations among “the Director” of the office, a male assistant and a female secretary.

In one conversation, the assistant informs the director about “an intern for the dairy cooperative of Kaikai” and when the director asks, “what is he going to do there?” the assistant replies, “make cheese and milk the cows and when he has had enough he can milk the village girls …”

In another conversation, the secretary quotes a study in Australia as saying that office life would double the risk of colon cancer and advises consumption of vegetables like carrots, zucchini and cucumbers. Then the male assistant chimes in: “in suppository is more effective.”

But the conversation that got the goat of many had to do with 54 communities in Vietnam [53 ethnic minorities and the majority Kinh].

The director asks, “What is an ethnic minority?” and gets an answer: “Those people [who are] backward, limited, lazy, dirty, stupid, etc.”

They also add that the ethnic minorities are respected mainly because they attract tourists and bringing in dollars.”

” would agree with this position except for the very obvious problem that the letter writers overlook in their rush to suggest that things should be left alone and “if you don’t like it, don’t live or visit here”: Vietnam must change if it is going to continue to grow its economy. The letter writers seem to have overlooked the fact that the country is not doing such a great job of this.”

“If Vietnam wants to be taken seriously along with its ASEAN neighbors whose economies are growing like Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia, as a place for companies to invest, tourists to visit and foreigners to retire to, it must work on the society to develop modern ways. The well-intentioned letter writers who say that expats and tourists should go somewhere else if there are things about the Vietnamese they do not like are completely missing the point of the articles they criticize. People should not be encouraged to continue… whether it is driving on the wrong side of the road or urinating in the street by saying, “Just let the Vietnamese be themselves.” We can help by calling attention to these things in a polite and constructive way.”

“Shortcomings in the country’s infrastructure have got to be addressed: Bridges under construction collapse, roads a few years old fall apart when it rains. Unless there is total stupidity in the planning bureaucracies that have been responsible for these, the obvious fact is that somewhere between approving and funding the construction of a road or a bridge and its opening there is unrestricted corruption. Although corruption plagues all countries, most obviously my own United States, there is no reason to tolerate it.”

“Self-censorship is the act of censoring or classifying one’s own work (blog, book(s), film(s), or other means of expression), out of fear of, or deference to, the sensibilities of others, without overt pressure from any specific party or institution of authority. Self-censorship is often practiced by film producers, film directors, publishers, news anchors, journalists, musicians, and other kinds of authors.

In authoritarian countries, creators of artworks may remove material that their government might find controversial for fear of sanction by their governments. In pluralistic capitalist countries repressive judicial lawmaking can also cause widespread “rivercrabbing” of western media. Self-censorship can also occur, particularly in order to conform to the expectations of the market. For example, the editor of a periodical may consciously or unconsciously avoid topics that will anger advertisers or a parent company in order to protect her or his livelihood. This phenomenon is referred to as soft censorship.”

“There is also a culture of self-censorship in politics. This is especially acute in authoritarian regimes, and can be observed in the former Soviet Republics, as well as in many of the most regimented Asian regimes. James Gomez writes about this phenomenon in his book Self-Censorship: Singapore’s Shame. He argues that citizens and foreigners in Singapore practice self-censorship that results in the censorship of others when it comes to political matters. This illustrates a more general phenomenon: that “self-censorship,” when practiced by those having influence in the public sphere, results in an interference with democratic discourse that affects the free expression of persons and entities other than those who are presumed by the term to be censoring only themselves.”

“Satire is primarily a literary genre or form, although in practice it can also be found in the graphic and performing arts. In satire, vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement.[1] Although satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon.

A common feature of satire is strong irony or sarcasm—”in satire, irony is militant”[—but parody, burlesque, exaggeration, juxtaposition, comparison, analogy, and double entendre are all frequently used in satirical speech and writing. This “militant” irony or sarcasm often professes to approve of (or at least accept as natural) the very things the satirist wishes to attack.

Satire is nowadays found in many artistic forms of expression, including literature, plays, commentary, and media such as lyrics.”


But, how do you know about satire, when it is ‘forbidden” in your country and your country expelled all the expats/foreigners who could teach you about it???

Maybe, the “illumination”  will come when all expats/foreigners gone back to their respective countries will push their respective governments to stop sending any funds through the IBRD(World Bank),IMF,ADB, ODA, OD, funds that allow Viet Nam to survive………;+)

The more you see these attacks on expats/foreigners, the more you realize that Doi Moi 1 is unraveling and in dire need of reinforcement by Doi Moi 2, Doi Moi 3, …..Doi Moi N, as Viet Nam’s Prime Minister was right when he warned that Viet Nam has still a very long way to go,…… all levels…….

And, this is said by people who love Viet Nam more than their own lives, which is more than you can say about all the corrupted people out there……….;+)


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