not sure whether i should be laughing, crying, or getting really angry about this. a patron has self published a book and has donated it to the library, and now expects to see it on our shelves. not only are there typographical errors he writes gems such as these:
“the chinese have been described as the jews of asia, but they are more than that.”
” Is [kevin] rudd the manchurian candidate to lead us under the chinese sphere of influence?… [rudd] is a fluent mandarin speaker with an ethnic son in law.”
“Jenny Smith’s parents and grandparents and greatgrandparents have dutifully paid their taxes for many decades… Tianhong’s mother has contributed virtually nothing… If Tianhong Wu had never come to Australia her [university] position would have gone to Jenny”
“the school system in australia is tailor made for exploitation by the chinese parent immigrants.”
“younger, brasher, pushier chinese parliamentarians are emerging…more can be expected from increasing sheer weight in numbers.”
“and now the Indians are flexing their muscle. …A sign of things to come…”
by choosing not to put it on our shelves the patron will no doubt cry censorship. however budgets and shelf space dictate our holdings and as such we are forced to choose what books we stock. as part of this selection process we censor. regardless of the content of this book, it should never make it to our shelves because it’s just shit.