When it comes to China, I listen to a news outlet published by Falun Gong partisans
Ergo, not just people from China, but specifically an organization targeted at reporting what goes on there, and de-coding the propaganda the CCP puts out, as well as exposing their actions here and abroad.
And I’ve been listening to them, consistently, for 4 years.
Alongside that, I listen to V-logs of people living in China, and The Economist break downs of their economic situation.
It all comes down to daily habits, and what information you seek out, and why.
I have an intrinsic interest, and I stay informed. I take pride in that.
I don’t wait for random news stories to filter down to me to provoke an interest. I cultivated my sources, proactively.
Meh, I don’t blame you, my mother’s life seems absolutely cartoonish to the uninitiated.
But… diplomatic visits by the Russian military happened in the late 80’s and 1990s.
It was recorded.
? I didn’t see him claim that anywhere. My impression is that he was retired by then.
But what’s more; what I stated is the standard explanation for what happened. My link to the Cold War Museum shows this.
It’s not as exciting as saying “Star Wars did it”, it’s rather technical and long winded: "Bureaucratic reforms and crisis of confidence in the Soviet Government in the wake of Afghanistan, corruption and Chernobyl; now allowed to voice itself. "
Okay… I feel like this is going beyond what I brought up.
My Czech co-worker is relevant, because he felt the effects of the policies first hand. Perestroika made the Russia troops in Czechoslovakia go away. Glasnost is what allowed his family [excluding his dad who had already made it here, albeit clandestinely] to finally leave.
Ergo, he saw the bottom come out from under the Russian’s ability to control the East, and he credited what Gorbachev did to that.
Then if you ever read Thoms Sowell, and find evidence of it maintaining any true following, perhaps we can then move to plausibility.
This happened in previous waves of immigrants. There were conclaves of Germans and Italians who refused to budge.
But it doesn’t matter; the drivers for assimilation are something they can’t overcome.
To do things in our economy that unlock access to the Middle class, you need to know English.
To interact with most of the world, you need to know English. To access any higher-end industrial skill set, accounting, science, medicine, you need to know English.
You concede ground, and internalize the West, any time you move towards any of those things.
To overcome it, they would need to fall into a Scottish Enlightenment, where they became a culture as effective as ours while still maintaining their identity.
A knee-jerk rejection where they try to live separately is just a dead end.
That’s only true if what’s happening is anything new.
if it’s not new, if it’s simply apart of the same social pattern that’s been witnessed here before, then there’s little to be bothered by.