The following is from a discussion on Fool’s Mountain centering around my post How To Survive. Now I’m not going to call out any bluffs here, but this story seems a bit Hollywood-ish to me.  That said, it’s a great story and even hypothetically proves a valuable point.  Thanks to ChinkTalk, (whoever that is) for posting it.

“Chris, the next time you are ill at ease with the Chinese ways, perhaps you can reflect on this story.

I grew up in a small logging community up in Northern BC, there were logger camps, surrounding Native reservations, and one small Chinese restaurant. (As you go to any remote area in North America, you will always find a small Chinese restaurant at the end of the road.)

There was a dishwasher/gopher/do-it-all Chinese man whom we called Uncle Bong working there. As in all small communities, everybody knows everybody. One day, a little girl of a customer came into the kitchen and was watching the cooks work. The little girl had flowing blond hair and a cast on her arm. Uncle Bong took a look at the girl’s arm and then her face. He asked the owner of the restaurant to talk to the little girl’s parents who were eating at the front. The mother said the girl broke her arm falling and it had been several weeks and she was getting worse. And the girl had been real sick. Uncle Bong said that the cast was not set properly and that some bad blood were invading her as shown in her eyes. Uncle Bong told the parents that with their permission he can fix it. In desperation, the parents agreed. With herbal Chinese medicine, Uncle Bong removed the cast and reset the girl’s arm. After a few months, the girl was completely cured and the parents were very grateful. As it turned out, Uncle Bong was a Kung Fu master in China and he was an expert with broken bones, which was the common practice in those days when you learn Kung Fu, you would also had to learn how to fix broken bones.

Everything was fine until the ever gracious parents wrote a thankful note in the local newspaper thanking the efforts of Uncle Bong. The authorities came in and arrested Uncle Bong for practicing medicine without a license.

Chris, you will find some of the same situations in China, the Chinese will do things for expediency and forego formalities. Like r v was saying about “street mediation”, the Chinese give a whole new meaning to “street mediation”.

And you will notice that many of the annoying habits of the Chinese today are due to “street mediation”.

I don’t thnk the Chinese are totally bad but there are some bad ones out there and I don’t think white people are totally good but there are some good ones out there.”