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16 April 2014

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Yes Bernard that is true. We should admit and accept our shortfalls even as we discuss other countries and theirs.

There indeed are many Goroka lads tilling their land as humble farmers, though they lack government support and markets to sell their produce.

The same however cannot be said for their immigrant counterparts lurking around street corners with 'Chinese' products on sale. These are the ones demanding free meals from the 'Chinese' kai bars etc.

Indeed there are many like him Bernard.

It is good to promote diligent effort, industry, innovation and enterprise, but there is a serious need to call for improved opportunity.

There is a window and there is a door, the one to look through and the other to walk through.

Every house we build should have both.

Michael, I had a long chat with a young kaukau farmer from Goroka at the market in Madang and found out so many interesting things about this young men.

He was once a drug addict roaming the streets of Goroka but after he got married reality hit him like a big Hino truck. He stopped smoking and floating around and started cultivating the land for survival.

We need to write more stories about this kind of people so others can learn about them and hopefully change their behaviour.

An interesting write. We can learn from the better habits from people of other nationalities.

But perhaps we don't have to look too far for inspiration of hard work and enterprise.

For those of us in the cities, take a trip to your local fresh produce market places, think about how these people brought their products to sell inspire of the formidable challenges.

Think about the village folk, how do they get much of their food, build their house and manage to send their food to market.

And more importantly, think about the women, mothers and young girls who work hard in gardens to bring food home, with no other benefit except knowing that their family will be fed tonight.

People living in cities, the cultural melting pots, need no more encouragement in being diligent and industrious than thinking about how we managed to survive for thousands of years on the backs of hard workers.

"Only after World War II did Papua New Guineans come to realise that Europeans are of many different nationalities and black people live and work in Europe too." It is also relevant to understand that "Chinese" come from many different backgrounds. Some of the "Chinese" in PNG may be 3rd generation families from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong or Taiwan.

A good read. It is always fascinating to read about China, a cultured people and a leading economic and military power.

When I was working in Port Moresby for a short while, I frequently take my lunch in this chinese kai bar under the boroko overhead bridge.

I became a regular client and the owner-workers noticed. While ordering my usual I sit down with the newspaper and quietly observe them serving the customers unnoticed.

Young boys and men,street urchins and occasionally women would walk into the kai bar and demand an extra piece of lamb flaps or more stew on the rice after paying or even a free meal on occasions. I admired how the owner-workers would usually take the verbal attacks in their stride and not budge one bit.


Indeed we can learn the Chinese culture of pride in hard work and sweat and refusing a free meal from friends.


I lived in China for two years and was interested to learn about the culture of saving face.

When I went out with my Chinese friends to eat we all paid for our own meals. At times when I had a bit more money and offered to buy lunch for them they said no.

The Chinese are not really fond of free handouts. They will lose face if they do that.

Barbara, the last sentence is only my assumption based on a few observations over the years.

Bomai thanks for this article. It needed someone to write it and you did! Many equally good points can come from it. How readers respond will take the discussion into many different directions.

Barbara has a point there as well about stereotyping.

Hate them, love them or ignore them but we surely can learn one or two valuable things about how to live productive lives from the Chinese.

Many Papua New Guineans complain about how so many Chinese are in PNG seemingly taking over business and into economic activities even reserved for Papua New Guineans by law, but that is a matter left to the government and people in the appropriate public offices to look into.

Thank you Bomai for this excellent essay on the Chinese in PNG. I hope some Chinese person comments on it.

I hope the last sentence is not true. Australia too, has had a long history of mixing with the Chinese race. Our Prime Minister is trying to obtain a Free Trade agreement with China.

Back in the 1860s my grandfather sold opium to the Chinese goldminers in Carcoar on their way to the Goldfields. You were allowed to sell opium in those days. He probably also sold them a few other things that they needed.

His boss used to send him off to the goldfields with a lot of things to sell to the miners. But sadly the European miners didn't like the Chinese miners and a fight broke out and some were killed. After that not many Chinese miners arrived in NSW for a long time.

Now the Chinese have moved into my suburb in Epping. They are my neighbours. One of my best friends is a Chinese lady and when I am sick she brings me lovely food. We both support each other.

She has taught me a lot about the Chinese customs. She has become a Christian and I am now friendly with a lot of Chinese people who are Christians. I am praying for the ones who are sick and dying.

One of them was born in Rabaul, and grew up in Wewak, but fled on foot with his family in 1942 when the Japanese were coming. He was a teacher in NSW all his working life.

There is a lot more I could tell you about them. But if you can finally become friends with one you will come to realize what lovely people they are. But I guess there are good and bad people everywhere and you mustn't stereotype.

I wish you well as you continue to study the Chinese race and I hope you do beome good friends with some of them.

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