[Openstack-operators] [openstack-dev] [Openstack-sigs] [tc]Global Reachout Proposal

Anita Kuno anteaya at anteaya.info
Thu Sep 20 04:03:48 UTC 2018

On 2018-09-18 08:40 AM, Jeremy Stanley wrote:
> On 2018-09-18 11:26:57 +0900 (+0900), Ghanshyam Mann wrote:
> [...]
>> I can understand that IRC cannot be used in China which is very
>> painful and mostly it is used weChat.
> [...]
> I have yet to hear anyone provide first-hand confirmation that
> access to Freenode's IRC servers is explicitly blocked by the
> mainland Chinese government. There has been a lot of speculation
> that the usual draconian corporate firewall policies (surprise, the
> rest of the World gets to struggle with those too, it's not just a
> problem in China) are blocking a variety of messaging protocols from
> workplace networks and the people who encounter this can't tell the
> difference because they're already accustomed to much of their other
> communications being blocked at the border. I too have heard from
> someone who's heard from someone that "IRC can't be used in China"
> but the concrete reasons why continue to be missing from these
> discussions.

I'll reply to this email arbitrarily in order to comply with Zhipeng 
Huang's wishes that the conversation concerned with understanding the 
actual obstacles to communication takes place on the mailing list. I do 
hope I am posting to the correct thread.

In response to part of your comment on the patch at 
https://review.openstack.org/#/c/602697/ which you posted about 5 hours 
ago you said "@Anita you are absolutely right it is only me stuck my 
head out speaks itself the problem I stated in the patch. Many of the 
community tools that we are comfortable with are not that accessible to 
a broader ecosystem. And please assured that I meant I refer the patch 
to the Chinese community, as Leong also did on the ML, to try to bring 
them over to join the convo." and I would like to reply.

I would like to say that I am honoured by your generosity. Thank you. 
Now, when the Chinese community consumes the patch, as well as the 
conversation in the comments, please encourage folks to ask for 
clarification if any descriptions or phrases don't make sense to them. 
One of the best ways of ensuring clear communication is to start off 
slowly and take the time to ask what the other side means. It can seem 
tedious and a waste of time, but I have found it to be very educational 
and helpful in understanding how the other person perceives the 
situation. It also helps me to understand how I am creating obstacles in 
ways that I talk.

Taking time to clarify helps me to adjust how I am speaking so that my 
meaning is more likely to be understood by the group to which I am 
trying to offer my perspective. I do appreciate that many people are 
trying to avoid embarrassment, but I have never found any way to 
understand people in a culture that is not the one I group up in, other 
than embarrassing myself and working through it. Usually I find the 
group I am wanting to understand is more than willing to rescue me from 
my embarrassment and support me in my learning. In a strange way, the 
embarrassment is kind of helpful in order to create understanding 
between myself and those people I am trying to understand.

Thank you, Anita

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