(Letter) Lanxiang Vocational’s Mistaken Identity Traced
While I have no problem with reports connecting eggheads at Jiaotong University hacking Google, it puzzled me how a 3rd rate voc tech for high school dropouts was implicated. So I decided to dig a little deeper.
Seem the source of Lanxiang Vocational’s mistaken identity can be traced to mistranslation of the school’s blog and local news about their graduates. Consider this passage from Washington Post:
“Lanxiang Vocational helped create what has become known as China’s “Great Firewall,” which filters Internet information in the country. According to the school’s Web site, it established a military department in 2006 to train “high quality technology officers.” Many of those students have gone on to form “the important technology backbone” of the People’s Liberation Army, the site said.”
It appears Washington Post quoted some very bad translation by China Digital Times blog.
CDT mistranslated the school’s blog praising it’s graduates earning specialist 2nd class “technical sergeant” enlistment as “technology officers”. Original language used was “technical” not “technology”, since the school offers no technology courses, only semi-skilled technical training.
CDT also cited a news report about 17 Lanxiang grads joining the military to support its claim of a “training program for future PLA technology officers”. What the news report actually said was these 17 people were cooks and mechanics.
So, it seems, rather than reporting the likely scenario that Lanxiang Vocational was victim of cybercrime (their computers were hijacked to relay the attack), our media managed to twist this to implicate the Chinese government. As a minority citizen I have witness these twist of facts and half-truth contributing to America’s rising anti-Chinese hysteria, and I find it disheartening.
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