Are you really familiar with the history of your own country?

@xiaobing (235)
China
February 21, 2012 6:56am CST
I am from china, and there is no print freedom in my country. The history has been changed and rewritten by the winner. Hence I have to find some good material about hisroty and print it on my own. For example, I printed a history book written by a chinese American who have been America for many years. It is very great and I am so lucky to find it in the internet. share your views. Maybe you can not understand my situation, because there is no problem to buy any book in your country...
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@bostonphil (4459)
• United States
21 Feb 12
I am always so glad to see a mylotter from China begin a discussion or respond to one. I know that you do not have the same freedoms that we spoiled Americans have. I know some about the history of my country but not enough. it is a big country with a lot of history. And I can not learn all that I wish i could. I grew up in Boston but moved to California in my late teens. I have been in Texas many years. Each city and state has its own history. And it is always interesting. Your discussion has been an eye opener because you write that it is difficult to get a true history of your country. Maybe you can get more from the internet than books but you also have internet censorship, do you not? Does anyone in China monitor your postings on mylot?
@xiaobing (235)
• China
22 Feb 12
Yes, in china the internet has been censored. The popular website, Youtube Facebook and twitter, has been blocked these years. Maybe Mylot is not so popular in china, and the government is not afraid of information spreading in Mylot, so leave it alone.
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• United States
22 Feb 12
It appears that the government is relaxing some. It seems that the Chinese people are having more freedom. Just the fact that you are able to post on mylot is a good sign. Do you post at work, at home or at an internet cafe?
@xiaobing (235)
• China
22 Feb 12
There is some improvement in china. I am posting in my dormitory, and I am also a student in the university.
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@champoy186 (1638)
• Philippines
22 Feb 12
I know the history of my country but not that much. It was taught to us from elementary to college. But after schooling, I forgot some important events that happened in the past. I guess it is important to really know our past and make it as our inspiration to move forward. Happy mylotting!
@xiaobing (235)
• China
22 Feb 12
It is not necessary to remember every important events, but a humanbeing must have the right to know the true history of his own country. I agree with you that it is important to really know our past and make it as our inspiration to move forward. very great.
• India
22 Feb 12
Yes i am fairly familiar about my country's history. Indian History is a regular subject in all Schools until we finish Secondary School and a lot of books are available in the market concerning the same. As mentioned by Saumitra in the earlier discussion post, our historical monuments were ruined by moghuls and the British. But still Indian History is being emphasized in our country as one of the important subjects and each every student has to compulsorily study the subject until he finishes secondary school. Its sad to know that your government is against print freedom. Lets hope that the attitude changes in the coming years.
@xiaobing (235)
• China
22 Feb 12
Thanks for your support. The people in your country have the freedom of election and press. It proves that we also deserve the freedom, although we have a large number of people in china.
• Philippines
22 Feb 12
I know the history of my own country. It was thought to us when I was a student, from elementary to college but I took it for granted. I understand your situation there are some countries who prohibit the freedom of knowing ones history because it might be a reason for a revolution of the new generation.
@xiaobing (235)
• China
22 Feb 12
Yes. The goverment is becoming more and more afraid because the internet has been popular here. The new generation will get more information about the truth. The government should be responsible for what they have done in the history.
• Philippines
22 Feb 12
Iam not so familiar with the history of my country ,but i know that phils. has many beautiful views to be proud of.We have here the seven wonders of the world..............So many beaches to visit and wander...Really beautiful..
@xiaobing (235)
• China
22 Feb 12
Phils is one of my favorite countries. You are close from China and I am looking forward to a trip there in coming years.
@youless (107291)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Feb 12
I also from China. So I understand what you meant. I don't know what we have learned about our history is true or not. And the history is always written by the winners. So it is already not based on the truth. I love China
@xiaobing (235)
• China
22 Feb 12
we need the true history. I do not know why they do not have the courage to admit something they've done to us. The internet is so popular now, and I think they should change their attitude and methods in order to save the government.
• Philippines
22 Feb 12
hello xiaobing! What or who do you mean by the winner? I mean, whoever have rewritten your country's history should and must be very knowledgeable. It is impossible to rewrite a history so I don't really understand how this could have happened. I am here in the Philippines and we have also experienced hardship in the printing field. There was a time in our history when our countrymen were not allowed to write/print anything as the Spaniards would suspect it is something against them.. But all that is in the past. We don't have problems with printing now :D We have freedom!
@xiaobing (235)
• China
22 Feb 12
There are two kinds of party before 1949 in china, for example A and B. The Party A beated the Party B in 1949, so the Party A is the winner. Then the history about the civil war had been written by the winner, and the Party B was described very terrible and deserve to be beatten even killed. When they are in power these 60 years, there are a lot of bad things happened in china. The government should be responsible for it, but they control the press freedom, and anything about the bad things has been blocked.
• United States
21 Feb 12
Americans dont even know about their country they think religion is abad thing when all our founding fathers were religious they prayed before everything. americans know nothing of out true history or anyone elses and it is sad
@xiaobing (235)
• China
22 Feb 12
There are many kinds of person in every country. You can not judge the whole people just by a few sample.
• Canada
21 Feb 12
Our situation is very different from your country. We know the history of our country pretty well and have learned quite a bit in our history classes at school. I could not imagine not having print freedom and restrictions on publications. Must be very difficult for the population to deal with this in china
@xiaobing (235)
• China
22 Feb 12
You will not understand our situation in my country if you has not been to china. There are so many history things which have been defined to be sensitive by the government. If there is something which is harmful for them, they will block it anytime anywhere.
@samar54 (2454)
• Egypt
21 Feb 12
I'm sorry to know that happen in your country , I love reading history , yes I know history of my country , Especially the Pharaonic and Islamic history
@xiaobing (235)
• China
22 Feb 12
Thanks for your response. I love reading history too, and I am very interested in the true story happened in my country.
@JamesKYTan (1605)
• Malaysia
21 Feb 12
Yes. I am familiar with my own country history. Of course the history do change sometimes to a certain extent to suit the current political situation. The old history books and the new history books have some differences. Some parts are left out and missing in the new history as compared to the old history books.
@xiaobing (235)
• China
22 Feb 12
Yes. The history do change sometimes to a certain extent to suit the current political situation, but the government should not forbid people from reading some other different material.
• United States
21 Feb 12
yeah i know the history of our country pretty well even though the schools teaching us here are teaching it all mostly wrong but once i read on several native american culture books on my ancestors and everything i know some about our country and enough to make me happy that i am here still and that they didn't complete wipe our race completely off these lands(:
@xiaobing (235)
• China
22 Feb 12
Congratulation to you. There are a lot of wrong things teached to us in our school. Most of the people, who do not have the opportunity to get the truth, will take the wrong things during their whole life. I am sad for them.
• Philippines
22 Feb 12
Am not so familiar with our country but i know that phils. has many beaches to visit and we have here the seven wondres in the phils...