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ALWAYS ONLY THE CULTURE – What does it mean to be human?

四月 26, 2019

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN?

what does it mean to be human?
what does it mean to be alive?
means you’re not dead yet.
means you can ask superfluous questions.
goddammit, every animal knows
what it means to be an animal.
right?
our children are growing up
discovering love
they always had love, but
any animal knows this is different.
they are bewildered by their own bodies.
again, this has gone on for a while,
it just grows more acute,
and again, every animal knows.
goddammit,
what a luxury question.
what does it mean
to be mean?
not the golden mean.
everyone knows what it means to be mean.
he’s in the news
and on the news every day.
to be human
means to have rights.
doesn’t it?
1947, UN-declaration,
two people from China
worked on it.
Animal rights.
Post about dying whales,
you’ll get 1000s of likes,
about people, oh well.
I want to call this poem
stupid question.
Thank you!
Now go forth and profligate,
or whatever.

MW April 3, 2019

ALWAYS ONLY THE CULTURE

always
always only
always only the
always only the culture
always only the culture

always only the cultural
revolution
always only the cultural
revolution
since 1966
always only the cultural
revolution
always only the cultural
revolution

always only the culture
always only the culture
always only the
always only
always

not the famine

but
but still
but still also
the tens of millions
starved to death

but
but still
but still also
but still also

the terror

the totalitarian
terror

“totalitarian” is in dictionaries
and in chinese search engines
china is hardly
mentioned at all
as neighbor of the soviet union
and in art
in the art
of the cultural revolution

always only the culture
always only the culture

hannah arendt
died in 1975
before the end
of the cultural revolution

in the last edition she saw
of her seminal work
origins of totalitarianism
at least in the german edition
she mentioned china
in the cultural revolution

hardly anyone mentioned the famine

always only the culture
always only the culture

but
but still
but still also

the terror
the terror

pinochet
pol pot
kissinger
who downed more
who did more
who bombed more

1979, democracy wall
in beijing

since 1979
capitalism
reigns supreme
the party reigns supreme
through capitalism
or the other way
through kaputalism
or the other way
everything demolished developed
and demolished again
or the other way

of course only in china

but
but still
but still also

always only the culture
always only the culture

always only the
always only
always

always

MW March-April 2019

 

 

IMMER NUR DIE KULTUR

immer
immer nur
immer nur die
immer nur die kultur
immer nur die kultur

immer nur die kultur-
revolution
immer nur die kultur-
revolution
seit 1966
immer nur die kultur-
revolution
immer nur die kultur-
revolution

immer nur die kultur
immer nur die kultur
immer nur die
immer nur
immer

nicht die hungersnot

oder
oder doch
oder doch auch
die zig millionen
hungertoten

oder
oder doch
oder doch auch

der terror

der terror der
totalitären herrschaft

“totalitär” gibt es in wörterbüchern
und in chinesischen suchmaschinen
china wird dabei höchstens
ganz wenig gestreift
als nachbarstaat der sowjetunion
und in der kunst
der bildenden kunst
der kulturrevolution

immer nur die kultur
immer nur die kultur

hannah arendt
ist 1975 gestorben
also vor dem ende
der kulturrevolution

in der letzten auflage ihres hauptwerks
ursprünge und elemente totalitärer herrschaft
erwähnt sie china
in der kulturrevolution

kaum jemand sprach damals von hungersnot

immer nur die kultur
immer nur die kultur

oder
oder doch
oder doch auch

der terror
der terror

pinochet
pol pot
kissinger
wer hat mehr
wer hat mehr
wer hat mehr bombadiert

1979 war die mauer der demokratie
in peking

seit 1979
regiert der kapitalismus
die partei regiert
mithilfe des kapitalismus
und umgekehrt
mithilfe des kaputtalismus
und umgekehrt
es wird kaputt gemacht und neu gebaut
und wieder kaputt gemacht
und umgekehrt

natürlich nur in china

oder
oder doch
oder doch auch

immer nur die kultur
immer nur die kultur

immer nur die
immer nur
immer

immer

MW März 2019

 

 

Chinesische Literatur 2000-2010

九月 10, 2010

Die Literatur der Volksrepublik China ist, wie das Land selbst, vielseitig und widersprüchlich. Es ist immer schwierig, die unmittelbare Gegenwart zu beschreiben, das gilt auch für die Literatur anderer Sprachen und Gebiete. Einige Tendenzen lassen sich dennoch wahrnehmen:

1. Soziale Relevanz ist wichtiger als je zuvor, und zwar in Abgrenzung zu staatlichen Organisationen. Reportagen, Essays und ähnliche Textsorten sind dementsprechend bedeutend.

2. Film und öffentlicher Diskurs werden, wie schon in den 1980er- und 1990er-Jahren, immer wieder in Zusammenhang mit Literatur wahrgenommen. Neu sind Künstlerinnen und Künstler, die sowohl schreiben als auch Filme drehen.

3. Frauen sind in der literarischen Welt prominenter als früher.

4. Internet, Ausland und Exil sind ebenfalls wichtiger geworden. Heute gibt es nicht nur viele chinesische Autorinnen und Autoren in den USA, sondern auch in Frankreich, Deutschland und anderen Ländern. Nur einzelne Emigranten (wie etwa der Dichter Duo Duo, der inzwischen auf der Insel Hainan an einer Universität unterrichtet) konnten zurückkehren. Wegen der anhaltenden Zensur sind alle Schriftsteller, die in China leben, für eine freiere Verbreitung ihrer Werke auf Medien in Hongkong, Taiwan und anderen Ländern sowie auf das Internet angewiesen.

5. Die Ereignisse von 1989 und die Traumata der ersten Jahrzehnte der Volksrepublik sind im kulturellen Leben keinesfalls überwunden.


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三月 2, 2010

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Urumqi and Kashgar

八月 4, 2009

Ana Escobedo, founder of the Facebook Cause Save Kashgar, has written a blog article for Saving Antiquities. It can be found at http://safecorner.savingantiquities.org/2009/08/saving-kashgar.html. I like Ana’s article very much, and I have great respect for her dedication. As Ana suggests, it is apparent that a lack of awareness for cultural heritage is directly connected to the social problems behind the July 5 incident. There is a lack of respect for culture that goes back to the Cultural Revolution and earlier. Tianjin is being destroyed, too, like many, many culturally rich places in China. There is no “rational” progress behind much of the demolition, but it’s always a great step forward for the developing companies and the party secretaries in their pay. Yes, many old streets and houses in many cities were in a sorry condition due to decades of neglect. It’s not easy to renovate them. Beijing has finally begun to rebuild some courtyard houses. At the same time they tore down the whole Qianmen area at the south of Tian’anmen Square and replaced it with a sort of Disneyland. Protests and suicides because of the demolitions in various cities have been in the news for years. In China, Southern Weekend (Nanfang Zhoumo) and other media have often reported on housing and cultural heritage problems. Most of the time they are allowed to do that. They cannot report on the arrest of dissidents such as Prof. Ilham Tohti of Central Nationalities University in Beijing. He has been detained since August 8. Amnesty International has issued an appeal for writing petitions in English and Chinese to the Chinese Prime Minister and other figures, because Prof Tohti has not been heard of since his arrest, raising fears for his health. Cases of torture and death in police custody are not unheard of in many parts of China (and other countries, of course). See http://www.chinafreepress.org/publish/Othernews/Petition_for_Ilham_Tohti_under_detention_presented_by_Wang_Lixiong.shtml, or http://bit.ly/q3BX4.
Yes, I think that Ana is right, raising awareness is crucial. One thing that has been lacking on the Uyghur support groups side is an outspoken condemnation of the massive looting and killing on July 5th in Urumqi. Yes, the demonstrations may have been peaceful in the beginning, just like in Lhasa last year, and maybe the police could have prevented them from turning violent, or maybe they could have at least contained them. And yes, thousands of Uyghurs have been arrested, some have been killed, and no one knows how many of them didn’t have any connection to the violence at all. But still: Both the Dalai Lama and Mrs. Rebiya Kadeer should have condemned the looting and killing in Lhasa and in Urumqi. The Dalai Lama said he prayed for victims on all sides, but that’s not enough. And the Uighur support groups such as Save Kashgar should have swiftly and loudly condemned the massive looting and killing by Uyghurs. Instead, Ana told us on Facebook that many Uyghurs may have died in Urumqi. Just that, as far as I have noticed. It was the same lack of awareness that was apparent after the Lhasa riot last year. So maybe there is a lack of awareness on both sides. Anyway, let us try to help in any way we can think of. Unfortunately, social websites such as Facebook and Twitter and their Chinese equivalents have been widely blocked and closed in China. The blocking of Facebook was said to be in response of aggressive Uighur support groups. They were mostly not aggressive at all, but they did fail to condemn the Uyghur looting and killing. As I have mentioned, Chinese media and intellectuals are sometimes able to speak out against social and cultural problems. Sometimes Chinese intellectuals in China can speak out in the international media and get noticed. See Asia Times (7/8/09): http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/KG08Ad02.html, Ghost of Marx haunts China’s riots, By Jian Junbo. We concerned individuals and groups outside of China should support these efforts, and at the same time help to show the connection to Human Rights cases. And we should have condemned the Uyghur looting and killing first, and/or more loudly. The more we show our awareness on this side, the more we are credible on all sides. I never understood why Abu Ghraib was not raised as a central question by the Democrats in the 2004 US election. Where is the connection, you might ask. At least we have Obama now. Well, I think we have to look at and work on the most painful questions on our side first, whoever we are. Yes, I am on the side of Kashgar Old City. And on the side of minorities in my home country Austria. Maybe I should have cited a painful problem in Austria’s contemporary history. We certainly don’t have a shortage there. Anyway, I like Ana’s article very much, and I have great respect for her work. Let us continue writing and signing petitions, and most importantly, like Ana says, raising awareness. Peace!


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