Anyone heard about the Berkeley college student?

André Esteves aife at
Fri Nov 29 18:21:44 PST 2002

On Friday 29 November 2002 17:06, you wrote:
> In the Chinese papers over the last few days they've been reporting an
> incident that happened to a Chinese UC Berkeley college student, who was
> using her cell phone to discuss playing some sort of videogame. The
> videogame involves placing "explosives" in various places in the game.
> Apparently, whithin minutes after completing the call, police (or other)
> officers showed up at her room and brought her in for questioning. She
> apparently brought the officers over to the friend's house to show them the
> videogame, "proving" that she was indeed talking about a videogame.
> Has anyone heard of this in the "regular" (ie, non-Chinese) press? The
> Chinese folks are of course up in arms about the apparent "profiling" this
> would imply, apparently ignoring the deeper implications. (For instance,
> did they actually get a wire tap for this monitoring? If so, why? If not,
> well...)

News in a country where newspapers full of the following headlines are 
published are not to be taken by face value:

- The eiffel tower was buit by a chinese
- Edison stole the electric light from a chinese
blah, blah, blah...

A friend of mine (who is married to a singapurean and speaks fluent mandarin 
and cantonese) when in her first trip to china, found these newspapers with 
this prepostorous claims. She bought several of them to shown to her 

In the chinese customs she had them confiscated...

Cultural propaganda against western values and achievements.

Andri Esteves

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