And I'm obviously not alone. In a nzherald.co.nz poll at the weekend asking, "is the increasing Chinese influence in New Zealand a positive thing?" of the nearly 11,000 readers who replied only 33 per cent said "yes" and 67 per cent said "no".
These nay-sayers will be, like me, folk who understand that "multiculturalism" is a bullshit word because there is no such thing.
Folk who are increasingly concerned at China's economic and migratory imperialism know that there is a fundamental truth in Kipling's immortal words: "East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet."
What bugs me about most of the palaver I have skimmed so far is that it's all so bloody mercenary.
I get the impression that China is our economic saviour and our relationship with that huge and densely populated communist nation is all good.I read nothing of the fact that China is a totalitarian state which clings resolutely to Mao Zedong's version of Marxism-Leninism. (read more)