Red China Is Watching

Something unusual caught my eye Wednesday night when I was approving a comment on my blog, www.TomBenjey.com. The statistics section, which I seldom check any more, listed 3 views from China. Curious about why anyone from Red China would be interested in anything I had to say about Carlisle Indian School football or the Craighead Naturalists, I checked data for earlier days. The day before, there was only one view from China. The day before that, 3. Not wanting to be up all night, I switched to checking weekly, then monthly, and finally yearly totals. As recently as 2015, a total of only 5 views came from China. In 2016, this increased to 15. Still not many. In 2017, China’s total jumped to 73 views and has increased each year since then. For 2020, China trails only Canada, and not by much, in views by people from other countries.

I find this curious because my topics interest few Americans and fewer Canadians. It isn’t unusual to receive the odd view from a traveler or someone who had attended school in the US and understands American English. However, I have never received a comment or email message from a Chinese person. What interest could the Chinese Communist Party have in my writings? None, I suppose. But why would they monitor my blog?

The simple answer is that with a population of a billion people, they could easily assign a battalion of spies to monitor all the blogs in America, regardless of intelligence value.

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One Response to “Red China Is Watching”

  1. River Austin Says:

    There is a slight eastern Asian obsession with Indigenous peoples. See the headdress on the kid in Parasite. That would be my guess. I am Klamath/Modoc/Wyandotte. My name is River Austin. I’m in Oregon. Your website and books have helped me condense my research for my indigenous horror novel set in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian school and football team. Thank you very much for your labor of love. You are a godsend to indigenous peoples.

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