By ANDY LEE CHAISIRI
January 12, 2018
“Mainland China media’s done a great job framing the drug problem as something that affects dirty poor folks and urban elites.”
In general mainland Chinese are not fearful of police (and police in turn are fearful of old neighborhood grandmas), which is nice but doesn’t really relate to the specific question being asked.
Mainland China media’s done a great job framing the drug problem as something that affects dirty poor folks and urban elites.
So the lower class folks can go “Serves you right you goddamn son of Jackie Chan”, and the city dwellers can go “Good thing hukou prevents those dirty rurals from staining MY city”.
Having lived in Beijing I’ve met white collar folks that did stuff like cocaine or meth, lots of folks that smoked pot (one even got a 5 leaf tattoo on her leg). Now as for myself the only drugs I did were alcohol and whatever the hell it is they put in streetside rum & cokes. Even something like the smoking ban indoors is loosely enforced, the only physical altercation I got into in my time in Beijing was with a guy smoking under a huge “NO SMOKING” sign.
The foreigners I knew that got caught with drugs were usually given a slap on the wrist as mainland officials largely don’t want to deal with the headache of processing international law breakers. If a PRC citizen was caught though, then they’d be made an example of. It was rather sad to see foreigner privilege in a situation meant to ‘protect China from devilish foreign drugs’.
Illegal drugs are super easy to find in the capital city of “we’re hard on drugs, like Thailand is!” People’s Republic of China. Illegal drugs are super easy to hide in rural “how many millions of people are living across how many billions of acres?” China. Every week I’d meet a Nigerian randomly asking me on the street if I wanted to ‘party’.
Mainland Chinese pride themselves in their ability to tell ‘Political Correctness’ government propaganda from what’s really going on in the streets, so what the PRC publishes about their ‘war on drugs’ is quite different from how it’s really going down in China.
The most effective way to curb drug use is probably video games, that’s what’s lead to less teen drug use in the US. But mainland China then has the problem of video game addiction, and has fought it in over the top harsh ways resulting in child death: