Posts Tagged ‘Egypt’

MOSES – 胡泊 Hu Bo

六月 16, 2020

Hu Bo

Early morning
in the horseshoe-shaped forest,
finally the flock flies in again.
They are in high spirits,
talking excitedly.
Walking quietly
up to the tree,
where is he?
They tell me,
Moses has waded
through the Red Sea,
left Egypt already.
Tears flow
to the tip
of my nose.

Translated by MW, June 2020

Hu Bo

In der Früh
im hufeisenförmigen Wald
kommt der Schwarm endlich geflogen.
Sie reden aufgeregt
und diskutieren.
Leise geh ich
bis vor den Baum.
was ist mit ihm?
Sie sagen mir
Moses ist schon
durchs Rote Meer,
hat Ägypten verlassen.
auf meiner

23. März 2020
Übersetzt von MW, Juni 2020

Hu Bo, geboren am 19. Juni 1961 in Dalian, aufgewachsen in Tianjin. Lebt in Taida. Volksschüler im Fach Alltagssprache-Poesie seit Mai 1999.
《新诗典》小档案:胡泊, 1961年6月19日生于大连, 天津长大。有诗入选《新诗典》感谢伊沙, 感谢所有帮助我的诗人. 现居泰达, 我是口语诗中小学生从1999年5月开启



























一月 16, 2016

Ma Fei Famen Tempel

REDEN, VON VIELEN – 聲援沙地阿拉伯被判死刑的詩人法雅德


Hauptsache, es wird geredet. Über Ashraf Fayadh und das Todesurteil über ihn. Die Schande. Auch ein arges Wort. Shame. Starker Roman von Salman Rushdie, auch wenn er damals verrissen wurde. Früh, gleich nach Midnight’s Children. Verurteilt wegen Glaubensabfall. Stinkt nach Öl. Vor ein paar Tagen war eine schöne Lesung hier in Wien. Für viele Frauen und Männer, die Gedichte geschrieben und sich zu Wort gemeldet haben. Sollte es öfter geben. Die Bedrohung ist leider die ganze Zeit da. An vielen Orten.


Zugleich entlarven sich die ach so Christlch-Sozialen selbst. “Der Nächstenliebe Grenzen setzen”. Unter diesem Schild, oder war es ein Transparent? Da sind sie alle gestanden. Der Außenminister. Die Innenministerin. Der Präsidentschaftskandidat. Zu wünschen ist ihnen ein Ergebnis bei der nächsten Wahl wie bei der letzten, der Wahl in Wien im Oktober 2015.


Im Österreichischen Konsulat in Kairo, oder im Außenministerium wird irgend jemand entschieden haben, Omar Hazed kein Schengen-Visum zu gewähren. Über den Dichter Omar Hazed ist in letzter Zeit auch schon öfters berichtet worden. Leider konnte er nicht ausreisen, gestern oder vorgestern. Das ist auch Ai Weiwei passiert, damals 2011. Dann wurde er verschwunden, wie es so schön heißt. 被失踪了。He was disappeared. Für eine Zeit. Oder wie sagt man auf Deutsch? Fünf Buchhändler und Buchhandelsangestellte wurden kassiert. Alle aus Hongkong. Von der Staaatssicherheit. Der Chinesischen.
Liao Yiwu hat darüber geschrieben, dass auch er gewarnt wurde, im Jahr 2011. Von der Staatssicherheit. Die war alarmiert, durch den Arabischen Frühling. Viele durften nicht ausreisen. Auch wenn sie schon Tickets hatten. Und sogar Visa. Wie auch Liao Yiwu. Ai Weiwei fuhr trotzdem zum Flughafen. Er wollte nach Taiwan, zu einer Ausstellung.


Wir hätten auch ein Gedicht von Liao Yiwu vortragen können bei der Lesung für Ashraf Fayad. Hätte auch gut gepasst. Etwa das Lied für Ilham Tohti, der 2014 in Ürümqi in China zu lebenslänglicher Haft verurteilt wurde. Fürs Reden, Schreiben, Unterrichten. Für offene Worte. Im Dezember ist es gesungen worden, in Berlin. Das Lied für Ilham Tohti. Ich habe es übersetzt. Ins Englische und ins Deutsche. Auch für ihn gab es große PEN-Aktionen, in New York und anderswo.


Heute wird in Taiwan gewählt. Bei der Lesung für Ashraf Fayadh am Mittwoch in Wien habe ich ein Gedicht von Hung Hung vorgetragen. Über einen jungen Mann, der sich umgebracht hat. Nachdem er gesucht worden war, nach einer Demonstration. Hung Hung hat Erich Fried übersetzt und vorgetragen. “Die Gewalt”. Bei der Besetzung der Legislative, des “Legislative Yuan” vor zwei Jahren. Poesie muss nicht immer absichtlich von Politik sprechen. Hauptsache, es wird geredet.

wild- Yi Sha1

Libya & Other Countries

二月 22, 2011

As rich European countries go, maybe Austria is just as bad as Italy or France. Only smaller, more provincial. Newest anti-foreigner laws package passed on Tuesday, Feb. 22nd, 2011. The protesters in Egypt didn’t really look to America or Western Europe, but to protest experiences in Serbia and such. At least that’s what I remember from reports in the NY Times, among others. A Chinese friend told me he was watching the Arab protests very much,while he was in Europe, because the pictures from Egypt reminded him of Beijing in 1989.

China has had too many so-called revolutions under Mao and a big failure with protests for civil rights and democracy in 1989. But there are many protests in China all the time. Labor unrest, land seizures, health hazards etc.. There may also be a big craving for stability, hence the hesitation to participate in larger protests. The op-ed in the NYT (IHT) by Daniel Bell, designated Western politics professor in Tianjin, was very academic. Or very wishy-washy. Civil rights are universal. No, China’s not so special. Reporters know, especially when they go to see the blind Women’s rights activist lawyer in Shandong and get waylay-ed and beaten. No, nobody cares about supposed academic discussions on why democracy might not work. Yes, people try to lead a good life, individually, for their family, and sometimes they notice the limits, and try to work around them, and many do talk about it. Sorry for the rambling. As I said, rich countries are no beacons. Maybe I am more politics-sensitive than before, since we moved back to Austria from China, after 10 years in Beijing and a few more in other cities. Roger Cohen is right, the EU doesn’t look very good at all these days.

Don't bother

Don't bother

Egypt and China

二月 3, 2011

A sign in Cairo

Chinese sign in Cairo

Any discussion on forbidden topics is worthwhile. And this topic seems to be at least semi-forbidden on websites easily accessible in China. Social unrest is widespread and continues to grow. China is built on denial. Not on the Nile. There is no river in Beijing. I wonder if there has been any precipitation by now since fall. It was pretty bad in 2000, I remember. They dug huge canals all the way from around Nanjing and Wuhan to bring water for Beijing and Tianjin. Imagine a new canal dug through a city center, 100 meter down. That’s what I saw somewhere in Henan in 2007 or so. Maybe most people don’t take part in uprisings yet. As anywhere, people are concerned with their family and their livelihood. Not with the government. Unless something bad enough happens, you don’t need to take action. Maybe you’ll discuss something, like Premier Wen visiting the Beijing Petition Bureau. They do seem to feel the need to address some problems publicly, and not only through suppression. They continue to suppress many words, such as eleven or civil society. Actually I’m not sure if eleven is still sensitive, but it wouldn’t surprise me, since a certain dissident who was sentenced to eleven years on Dec. 25, 2009, got a lot of publicity lately. Any comparison of China with countries in volatile situations is worthwhile. It’s important not to end up in the Nile, or in denial. That’s a nice little joke I heard from our friend Liam, very nice if you’re far away, I guess. To a very large extent, China is built on denial. The same could be said about other societies, like Austria. But maybe at least there is less denial now than 30 or 40 or 50 years ago. In Austria, maybe. It’s a dialectical process, maybe. There is still a lot of denial. But in China denial is at the base of the system. In private talk, if you’re a friend, people will tell you what they went through in the 1950s, -60s, -70s and so on, or what they are doing now, even if it’s against official policy. But is there enough public discussion of past and present grievances and problems? This is already very close to the question Adam (see below) has put in his post. Adam is right, saying that China is very special and very stable and so on often gets very obnoxious. I am very wary of any big-time supportive international collaboration with institutions in China. Just look at what happened at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2009. The organizers cooperated with China’s GAPP, the general administration of pressure and prodding to toe the government line in publishing. The Ministry of Truth. Maybe they had to, to stage a China-themed fair. And the ensuing scandal was good, except for a few officials. Any kind of discussion is good, any kind of publicity, if there is a lot of denial. I wonder if the Robert Bosch trust fund and other Western sources of funding for cooperation with China learned anything. In December there was a discussion in Germany and Austria, after an article in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung suggested that Chinese Studies institutions staid away from the topic of the Nobel Peace Prize award for a Chinese dissident. Maybe some of them do, if the people in charge are too closely affiliated with the Confucius Institutes situated right inside the Chinese Studies department, as it is usually the case now. In Vienna, this wasn’t a problem. There was a big discussion on January 11 at the Sinology department of the East Asian Institute, one of the most engaged and open events at Vienna University in a while, probably. Bei Ling, author of the Liu Xiaobo biography was there, reading and talking to an enthusiastic crowd, in a very interesting discussion about the roles of intellectuals and public institutions. Professor Weigelin was fully in her element. Prof. Findeisen and Dr. Wemheuer contributed important points on literature and society. Who would have thought that in January, people around the world would spontaneously think of 1989? At least for me it feels like back then, very sudden change sweeping through several countries. So of course there are many comparisons. It is nice to live in exciting times, and important not to end up in the Nile. May they have peace and better times in Egypt soon!

Shanghai Scrap (2/1/11):

Comparing Egypt and China ­ wrong questions, meaningless answers

Sign in Arabic and Chinese

From Language Log

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