I'm sure everyone of you who's following the mainstream media will inevitably stumble upon the news that Liu Xiaobo, an ethnic Chinese who advocates human rights in China for the past 20 years, has been awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. In the Middle Kingdom where a citizen's right is extended by his/hers connection to the Politburo and/or the amount of bribery he/she pays in the event of injustice, this good news comes as a giant leap forward for the land of 1.3 billion. The Nobel Prize represents hope and relief to the brothers and sisters who continuously struggle for unequivocal rights for all of its citizens in a country where authoritarian rule is still absolute. Especially when they are wronged daily by the very system which brought them up and indoctrinate their thoughts with skewed beliefs, the Prize comes as a soothing remedy to all the years of harshness, brainwashing, and isolation from the "real world."
Hopefully, one day China will be more lenient on human rights and those rights of individual who wants neither discrimination nor abomination for the work, religious affiliation, or belief they have. Until then, more people like Liu Xiaobo is a must in this country of 1.3 billion, who is not there to abide by the authoritarian rule but rather to challenge the system and to let the Politburo knows that its citizen is not afraid of advocating unequivocal rights, including but not limited to freedom of speech, assembly, and religion.
I, for one thing in this very October 2010, is proud of being a Chinese, even if that China is from across the strait. I also have not given up the notion of peaceful reunification, which may just occur in the foreseeable future when one day unequivocal rights is no longer an ideology amongst the thoughts of the Chinese dissidents in the Mainland, but rather an exercisable reality in the very Middle Kingdom itself!