This is me at The Nanjing White House, or Yellow House, or whatever you want to call it. I can walk to it in five minutes from my house. It's the scene were countless regimes changed hands, and since the Reds all moved up north, it's now a tourist site.
If you think all this "regime change" stuff coming out of Europe and America is modern, think again. The Chinese were invaded by European "coalition forces"...they even torched and looted Yuanming Palace -what was then the greatest art and history museum in the whole world - destroyed so completely you don't even recognize its name.
The US has a proclivity for bombing ancient things, like now with all that Ziggurat stompin' in Iraq. Rambo-Joes burned down 13.9 of 14 museums, filled with "rag-head terrists"! Yeah! And oops! - ancient manuscripts and 8,000 year old tablets! It's a repeat of the Nazis bombing Athens, or the Yankees bombing Kosovo....
The opium wars , principally affecting Nanjing and Hong Kong, the latter being signed off in the Nanjing treaty, among other invasions of China were funded by the US and mostly fought by the British and the French. American troops actually fought here starting in 1858. Why bring this up? Because at this palace once lived the US Army-uniformed, Jeep-driving "Chiang Kai-shek", who hoped to spread a Jesus n'guns cult accross the whole of what was just Qing Dynasty China. His church, along with his now antique Buick, are parked just up the road from here on the Royal Mountain. Chiang Kai-shek's wife Song Meiling [photos] was a graduate of Wellesley College in Massechusetts, lived as a media darling in the US, and died at the age of 101 in Honolulu in late 2001.
Then there's the grass roots "Christian" movement - The Kingdom of Heaven, composed of thugs bent on eradicating beer and the Qing Dynasty. Because Mao once praised them as model rebels, and even joined them for a while in fighting the Japanese (yet more invaders), the evilness of it was long under exposed. It was a vicious Christian political movement, responsible for insanely huge massacres (genocide?) and headed by the super-emporer, Hong Xiu'quan. He was even more corrupt and brutal than past emporers, e.g. 1,700 personal concubines and several dead. His *ahem* heroic statue is displayed here at the Yellow House, too.
I'm personally very happy that the fake Jesus-lovers were all defeated in this very populous nation, even if it meant a good thirty years of wrong-headed leadership. Communism, as I've learned here, can be "corrected"--it can even be reversed. But try that with phony Christianity some time...just try to change the tide in Gap-loving Young-lifer Land, Korea. Could you tell them, hey, try on something traditional, preserve your history and your culture? How about some aphorisms from the celibate Laozi? Talk about it over a cheesburger.