Posts Tagged ‘internet’


十月 6, 2018

Maia Winter

ich frag mich ob ich eine woche ohne handy auskomme
ich müsst meinen wecker reparieren
ich müsst oft jemand fragen
wie spät es ist was haben wir heute
der stundenplan ist elektronisch
ich müsst überall ein buch mitnehmen zum lesen
aber manche youtube-tutorials sind so toll
zum beispiel die frau mit einem meter langem haar
die ist schon erwachsen

Aufgeschrieben von Martin Winter, Oktober 2018







九月 2, 2018

Jun Er

Little brother told me
in America on Google Earth
he can see the old willow tree at our old home
when you find the willow
you find our place
30 years ago on holiday from college
I worked in the fields with my father
noticed the willow shoot
begged father to dig it out
and plant it at the water hole in front of our gate.
Now I can’t even put
my arms all around it.
Three people have died in our family
but our tree
has made it onto the map in the sky.

Translated by MW, Sept. 2018


Jun Er

mein kleiner bruder sagt mir
auf google earth aus amerika
gibt es die alte weide vor unserem haus
wenn du die weide hast
bist du schon bei unserem alten haus
vor 30 jahren in den ferien vom studium
hab ich mit meinem vater im feld gearbeitet
den weidenschößling entdeckt
meinen vater gebeten dass wir ihn ausgraben
und einsetzen beim wasserloch vor dem tor
heute kann ich mit meinen armen
nicht ganz rundherum
von unserer familie sind drei gestorben
aber der baum ist auf der karte im himmel

Übersetzt von MW im Sept. 2018







五月 4, 2018

Yi Sha
DREAM 1271

sleep is being buried alive
waking up is being dug out again
dream is the world
when you open your eyes
in the dirt

April 2018
Tr. MW, May 2018


Yi Sha
DREAM 1274

The Poemlife BBS is still active,
someone has posted
my numbers are fake.
In my NPC I never presented
900 people or 2500 poems.

I’m having serious self-doubts,
even thinking,
“If he says it, goddamn, it must be true.”

April 2018
Tr. MW, May 2018

Yi Sha
DREAM 1276

NPC poets visit Japan
Jiang Tao shoots
one adult movie per person
as soon as they know
these movies won’t enter China
it’s no big deal

April 2018
Tr. MW, May 2018


Yi Sha
DREAM 1277

I am a Barça manager,
but not the general manager.
The general manager wants to buy
two Suárez clones.
I strongly object,
thinking he doesn’t know about football.

April 2018
Tr. MW, May 2018

Yi Sha
DREAM 1279

A strange girl,
doesn’t exist in reality,
uses the phone in a kiosk
(doesn’t exist anymore)
to call her parents.
Her happy laugh makes you smile.
Your relationship with her
is revealed at the end of the dream.

April 2018
Tr. MW, May 2018


Yi Sha
DREAM 1280

In a crowd
I hold Wang Youwei by the arm,
he can hardly stand
after drinking.
I turn around,
my bag has been snatched,
everything I have on this trip
was in there.
What do I do now?

I think of returning home
and I’m not afraid anymore.
My home with my mother

April 2018
Tr. MW, May 2018


Yi Sha
DREAM 1282

the subconscious
is making wine

April 2018
Tr. MW, May 2018



三月 31, 2018

Liu Bin

the poet li yan
saw my post on weibo
and lent me one thousand yuan
so I could
check into a hotel
when it was minus 12 outside
I had slept in internet bars
many days

that year we all used
netease weibo microblog
yi sha’s npc, new poetry canon
first came out on netease

later li yan
found me a warehouse
a warehouse with heating
it was really warm
but after two days I was sick from the heat
sweating all night

December 2017
Translated by MW, March 2018

Liu Bin

der dichter li yan
hat meine meldung auf weibo gesehen
und mir tausend yuan geborgt.
eine winternacht mit minus 10
hab ich deswegen
im hotel verbracht.
davor hab ich viele tage
in internetbars übernachtet.

damals hatten wir alle den microblog
von netease, wangyi weibo.
yi shas NPC, new poetry canon
war nämlich zuerst auf netease.

später hat li yan
ein lagerhaus für mich gefunden,
einen speicher mit einer heizung,
wirklich sehr warm.
zwei tage und ich war voller hitze,
jede nacht durchgeschwitzt.

Dezember 2017
Übersetzt von MW im März 2018


八月 23, 2016



Guess I should write a Legoland poem
so we can put all the photos online
or at least some of them
might be looked at
beyond Facebook memory
or Chinese social media.

Legoland is a wonderful city
everyone goes by their own free will
everyone of the children.
Lego Star Wars Movies
are really not bad
at least what I saw of it
with the children.

Should have bought DVDs
though they’re all Danish
with Nordic subtitles.

Wonder if they’re somewhere
but I don’t like movies online
or music or too much of anything
except maybe poetry.

Reciting poetry is not for Legoland.
But they have theatre,
medieval drama.

Actors get wet.
Most of the rides
mean you get wet,
and there’s the rain.

But we had fun.

It’s very peaceful.
Pirate room, holiday village
Chinese family in common kitchen
breakfast of champions
of plastic swords
includes extra room:
bricks, pinball games.

Bake your own pancake!
Guess it’s too wet
too expensive for terrorists
at least for now.

Go while you can.

MW August 2016



Maia Legoland



七月 14, 2016



what is the difference
poetry and prose
sun-drenched mornings
sun- drenched afternoons
the truth
the castle
strife and peace
what is the difference

i wonder where they have WiFi in stresa

MW July 2016


六月 3, 2016

Army of poets

Qin Bazi

Cultural Revolution, half a century already.
What I can’t forget until now
are a couple of pigs.
Like people they came to Democracy Wall,
like people they looked at Big Character Posters.
They ate the glue,
they ate the characters,
spat out scraps of paper.
Don’t know where those scraps went.
Those pigs went into our bellies.
The people who posted Big Character Posters,
they are all over the Internet.

May 2016
Tr. MW, June 2016

Qin Bazi

kulturrevolution ein halbes jahrhundert
was ich nicht vergessen kann
ein paar schlaue schweine
kommen wie die menschen vor die demokratiemauer
schauen wie die menschen poster mit großen zeichen
sie fressen den leim von den postern
sie fressen die zeichen
dann spucken sie fetzen papier aus
papierfetzen gehen wer weiß wohin
die schweine haben wir bald gegessen
die leute die die poster geklebt haben
die seh ich jetzt noch im internet

Mai 2016
Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2016






五月 16, 2015
Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Yi Sha 《结结巴巴》

m-m-my s-st-tut-t-ter-r-ring t-trap
d-d-dis-s-sab-b-bl-led c-c-cla-p-t-trap
c-c-can-n-t g-g-et a-a b-bit-te i-int-to m-my b-brain
and l-look a-at m-my l-legs

y-you-your f-f-fly-i-ing spit
y-y-your m-mildewed s-slime
m-m-my w-weary l-lungs
a-are f-f-full o-of g-grime

I n-need t-to b-b-break out
f-f-from y-y-your s-sp-pout-ting s-song
b-break o-out o-of y-your h-house

m-m-my sh-shoot-t-ting t-t-tongue
m-m-mach-chine g-g-gunn f-fire
it feels so good

i-in m-m-my s-st-tut-t-ter-ring l-life
the-there a-are n-no g-ghosts
ju-just l-llook at-t m-my f-face
I d-d-don’t c-care!

Tr. MW, 2015

Yi Sha 《结结巴巴》

m-mein st-sto-to-tt-ternd-der m-mund
b-b-behind-dderter schschlund
b-b-bei-sst- s-ich wund
an m-meinem r-rasenden hirn
und m-meine b-beine –

euer t-trief-fend-der,
schschimmliger schschleim
m-meine l-lunge
i-ist m-müd’ und hin

i-ich w-will r-r-aus
aus eurem g-gross-a-artiggen rh-rhythmus
a-aus eurem h-haus

es tut so gut

in m-meinem st-stott-ttoterndem r-reim
auf m-mein l-leben g-gibt es k-keine l-leich-chen
s-s-seht m-mich a-an
m-m-mir i-ist all-les g-gleich!

Übersetzt von MW im April 2013








Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Yi Sha 《精神病患者》

weiß ich nicht
wie es sich äußert
wenn eine geisteskrankheit ausbricht
ich hab nur gesehen
in diesem land
in dieser stadt
wenn ein geisteskranker loslegt
streckt er den arm hoch und bricht aus
in parolen
der revolution

Übersetzt von Martin Winter 2013




Yi Sha《精神病患者》

I don’t know
how it should be
when a mental patient
suffers an outbreak
but what I have seen
in this country
in this city –
a mental patient suffers an outbreak:
up goes his arm
out come the slogans of revolution

Tr. MW, 2013-2014

Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Yi Sha 《我想杀人》

ich fühle mich etwas komisch
ich will jemanden töten

oh! das war letztes jahr
herbst kroch über das laub

zwanzig todeskandidaten
am flussufer nördlich der stadt

“peng! peng!”
einer wurde aufgeschnitten

in der folgenden operation
erhielten WIR eine niere

Übersetzt von MW 2012


– 我想殺人


Yi Sha 《我想殺人》

I am feeling a little strange
– I want to kill someone
Oh! It was last year
autumn crept over the leaves
twenty death candidates lined up
at the river north of the city
„Peng! peng!“
One of them was cut open
and in the following operation
We got a kidney

Tr. MW, 2015


Yi Sha 《9/11心理报告》

erste sekunde mund offen scheunentor
zweite sekunde stumm wie ein holzhuhn
dritte sekunde das ist nicht wahr
vierte sekunde kein zweifel mehr da
fünfte sekunde das brennt nicht schlecht
sechste sekunde geschieht ihnen recht
siebte sekunde das ist die rache
achte sekunde sie verstehen ihre sache
neunte sekunde die sind sehr fromm
zehnte sekunde bis ich drauf komm
meine schwester
wohnt in new york
wo ist das telefon
bitte ein ferngespräch
komme nicht durch
spring zum computer
bitte ins internet
email ans mädl
zitternde finger
wo sind die tasten
mädl, schwester!
lebst du noch?
in sorge, dein bruder!

Übersetzt 2013 von Martin Winter

Yi Sha

Ist second: mouth barn-door open
2nd second: wooden-chicken stiff
3rd second: couldn’t believe it
4th second: it must be true
5th second: what a great fire
6th second: well they deserve it
7th second: this is retribution
8th second: these buggers have guts
9th second: must be their religion
10th second: before I realize
my own little sister
lives in new york
I need a telephone
long distance call!
can’t get a connection!
I go storming for a computer
where is the internet
typing out characters
writing an email
shaky fingers
“sister, sister!
are you alive?
your elder brother is worried sick!”

Tr. MW, Oct. 2014





四月 24, 2015

Yi Sha in Amerika

Yi Sha 《与布靠斯基同行》

at vermont studio center
drugs are taboo
no smoking inside
in case of sexual harassment
please dial this number
with a sigh I said to martin:
“even charles bukowski
such a great writer
had to go out himself to buy alcohol
this would never happen
in china …”

later we found
johnson town supermarket
stacked all kinds of booze
we breathed a sigh of relief
for old bukowski
one day later
we found the shop at the gas station
closer from the studios
another sigh of relief
for old bukowski
even later than that
we found a place
looked like a liquor store
complete selection
of local specialties
at cheaper prices
we could be rather sure
bukowski’s days at vsc
were happy days
and writing to his heart’s content

bukowski was happy
we were happy too

Oct. 2014
Tr. MW, 2015

Yi Sha 《与布靠斯基同行》

im künstlerzentrum
sind drogen verboten
besonders das rauchen
bei sexueller belästigung
gibt es einen notruf
ich sage seufzend zu martin:
“sogar charles bukowski
der große dichter
musste hier selbst nach alkohol suchen
das wäre in china
undenkbar ….”

nachher fanden wir
im großen supermarkt mitten im ort
die regale voller alkohol
wir atmeten auf
in gedanken an bukowski
später fanden wir
bei der tankstelle auch einen supermarkt
noch näher am künstlerzentrum
wir atmeten noch einmal auf
für den alten bukowski
noch später
entdeckten wir ein spezialgeschäft
lauter alkohol in allen sorten
außerdem billiger
jetzt war es entschieden
wir konnten sicher sein
im vermont studio center
war bukowski glücklich
trank in frieden
schrieb in frieden

bukowski war glücklich
wir waren es auch

Oktober 2014
Übers. v. MW, 2014-2015

Yi Sha still in Vermont

Yi Sha 《飞越太平洋》

von china nach amerika
von peking nach detroit
ich hatte geglaubt
wir würden den weiten pazifischen ozean
doch unser flugzeug
war praktisch die ganze zeit
über festem boden
von peking nach nordosten
über harbin hinweg
ich sah die lichter
dann ging es nach russland
über das äußere hinggan-gebirge
über die halbinsel kamtschatka
über die beringsee
(der einzige schmale streifen meer
den wir überflogen)
dann kam alaska
(also war ich schon in amerika)
wir überquerten die kordilleren
flogen durch kanadas öde weiten
und dann nach südosten
bald darauf die landung
im üppigen grün
der häuser und villen rund um detroit
nach meinen informationen
gelangten die eskimos
aus der mongolischen hochebene
über genau diese route
auf den amerikanischen kontinent

Ende Sept. 2014
Übers. v. MW, 2015

Yi Sha 《窗外》

jede nacht
fährt ein auto
auf der pearl street an meinem fenster vorbei
schnell wie der wind
ein mobiles
heavy metal konzert
lang nachdem der wagen verschwindet
hallt die musik in meinem herzen
das ist amerika
jedenfalls hab ich in china
oder in anderen ländern
so etwas nicht erlebt

Okt. 2014
Übers. v. MW, 2014-2015

Yi Sha 《异国小镇》

“solche kleinen orte
da krieg ich gleich
ein unheimliches gefühl
wahrscheinlich hab ich
zu viele amerikanische filme gesehen”
sag ich zu martin

martin antwortet:
“das geht mir auch so”
(hätt ich nicht erwartet)

“gibt es in österreich
auch solche orte?”

“natürlich, sehr viele”

“wenn du solche orte siehst
hast du dort auch
ein unheimliches gefühl?”


“warum? dort ist deine heimat
dort muss dir alles vertraut sein …”

“in solchen orten
gibt es auch neonazis”

Okt. 2014
Übers. v. MW 2014-2015

Yi Sha 《在天涯》

drückt mich lässt mich nicht los
im computer

Okt. 2014
Übers. v. MW, 2014-2015

NERVT – 伊沙 Yi Sha

二月 28, 2015

Yi Sha

“viele leute nerven dich”
hat er mir letzten sommer
in qingdao gesagt
ich geb zu
das ist nicht falsch
er sprach die wahrheit
aber ich bin kein trottel
aus seinen worten
hör ich etwas anderes
nämlich er nervt mich
das macht überhaupt nichts
ich nerv ihn ebenfalls
nerv ihn bis zum geht-nicht-mehr
im netz
gibt der den ganzen tag dummheit von sich wie zum spass
da schau ich nicht seit gestern zu
aber seit er das gesagt hat
brauch ich mich nicht zurückhalten
kann einfach sagen
was mich stört

Febr. 2015
Übers. v. MW, Febr. 2015

























MOND IN ALASKA – 春树 Chun Sue

二月 12, 2015

Chun Sue

Chun Sue

du bist der mond über alaska
du bist der fluss
grüne wellen spiegeln dein schwarzes gewand
du zündest dir selbstgedrehten tabak an
ich seh du bist 16 schläfst mit einem jungen
machst raudau, nimmst drogen, machst liebe
du gießt mir wein ein
hoffentlich ist es roter
du spielst gitarre
sagst du geht nach thailand und wirst ein mönch
dein meister ist in vietnam
kann sein deine seele blieb in tibet
deinen traum, den gabst du vor langer zeit auf
und wirst doch wieder unsicher
am nachmittag wirst du namenlos müde
du schläfst ein und träumst
du streiftest umher im früheren leben
du liebtest jungen
ich war deine große schwester
du wachst auf und bist verheiratet
und findest im netz eine junge chinesin nach deinem herzen

Übersetzt von Martin Winter im Februar 2015



Chun Sue1


十一月 12, 2014


Yan Li

at all sorts of places
in many seasons they become victims
on streets on both sides of bridges
inside races and systems,
cities and villages
within knowledge even outside the internet
oh yes
life goes on at the site of the victims
and high tech must be present
so their suffering
is always refreshed
even bystanders are
refreshed, becoming victims

Sept. 2014
Tr. MW, Nov. 2014


八月 29, 2014

Yi Sha

jedes jahr im sommer
fahren frau und sohn
zu verwandten nach henan
ich bin endlich allein
für ein paar tage
ein paar porno-dvds
ein paar neue gedichte
in plötzlich groß gewordenen zimmern
ein paar gedanken
über ganz viel im leben

August 2014
Übers. v. MW, 2015

Yi Sha

summer holidays
my wife and my son
both gone to henan
to visit relatives
I’m all alone
to spend a few days
watching porn dvds
writing new poems
in this big empty flat
I have time to think
about my whole life

August 2014
Tr. MW, August 2014




Yi Sha

a public intellectual
that means a rightist
comes to our town
to present his new book
at a big bookstore
he asks me to come
and introduce him
my answer is
“I would rather not
go up on the stage
but I’m asking you to dinner”

a leftist professor
arrives in our town
to hold a speech at some university
he asks me to go and eat with him
I stoutly refuse
you’d first have to kill me
I am afraid of our picture together
all over the Internet
forever ruining my reputation

August 2014
Tr. MW, August 2014

Yi Sha 《我的立場》

a public intellectual
also ein rechtsabweichler
kommt in die stadt
um sein buch vorzustellen
fragt mich ob ich bereit bin
im großen buchladen
ihn anzukündigen
ich sag “ich mag nicht auf die bühne,
aber ich lad dich zum essen ein!”

ein linker professor
kommt in die stadt
hält einen vortrag
an einer uni
lädt mich ein zum bankett
ich lehne ab
ich geh niemals hin und wenn er mich umbringt
ein foto mit ihm
kann mich im internet
fürs jahrhundert ruinieren

August 2014
Übers. v. MW, 2015





Yi Sha
DREAM #442

it is winter
I’m in an Internet cafe
to go online

in this Internet bar
there is this old iron stove
from long time ago
with a metal chimney
going outside the house
up on the ledge
you can roast sweet potatoes
that kind of stove

above my head
there’s a gaslight
shining bright
just like the moon

August 2014
Tr. MW, August 2014

Yi Sha

es ist winter
in einem internetcafe
will ich online gehen

das internetcafe
hat einen großen eisenofen
aus dem letzten jahrhundert
mit einem blechummantelten rauchfang
auf dem ofen
kann man süßkartoffeln backen

über meinem kopf hängt ein
wie der mond

August 2014
Übers. v. MW, 2015









六月 3, 2014

chun sue questionsChun Sue

do you think you are an intellectual?

du you think you are an existentialist?
do you think you like to eat zha jiang mian?
do you think you are collecting antiques?

do you think you are following fashion?
do you think you have improved since you started?
do you think you have fulfilled your ideals?
do you think you’re a patriot?

do you think you love the truth?
do you think you dare to say it?
do you think you don’t fear retribution?
do you think you’re a good writer?

do you think you’re a poet?
do you think you’re a good mother?
do you think you’re a good father?
do you think you have loved?
do you think you are moral?
do you think microblogging makes China improve?

question mark mark mark
do you think they are prophets?
do you think you’re a groupie?

do you think there are things you don’t talk about?
do you think there are people you cannot offend?
do you think this novel is your autobiography?
do you think you have talent?

do you think your stuff is going to last?
do you think you have secrets?
do you think you have a big heart?

do you think you are fair to everyone?
do you think you’re responsible?
do you think you play by the rules?
do you think you have nothing to be ashamed of?

do you think you are self-important?
do you think you want revenge?
do you think you are scared of dying?
do you think you make people like you?
do you think you make people hate you?
do you think you have a future?
do you think you are falling behind?
do you think you are lonely?
do you think you are writing a poem?

this girl makes you crazy
let her go on babbling
asking herself

Tr. MW, June 2014

Chun Sue TraumChun Sue

Tr. MW, June 2014

Published in EPIPHANY magazine, fall 2014. Go on, look for this great Chinese Dream! I spent October 2014 at Vermont Studio Center with Yi Sha, editor of the daily New Century Poetry series 新世纪诗典. Chun Sue is one of the most well-known figures within this huge independent circle of poets.

Chun Sue Avenue of Eternal PeaceChun Sue

Little Brother says: dad, Avenue of Eternal Peace
take a good look
This is the road you walked for over 20 years
I am sitting with Papa and Little Brother
I am almost crying
Finally I know
why I like the Avenue of Eternal Peace
Slowly the car passes the Military Museum
and the red walls of Zhongnanhai
and Xinhua Gate
Papa is small now he fits in an ash box
sitting between us
doesn’t take up much space
We pass the Gate of Heavenly Peace
and I see him
He stands on the square
watching us while we’re passing

Why was it so hard to write about you
You’re the son of a peasant
I was born in a village
I am also the child of a peasant
I put on army songs for you all night
Crying my heart out —
I like all that too.

Tr. MW, May 2014

And one more Happy New Year of the Horse

一月 31, 2014


YAN LI! Yesterday I posted his THREE POEMS FROM THE 1980s. Prominent words and themes in GIVE IT BACK (1986), YOU (1987) and YOU (1989) are “love” and “citizen”. The most prominent news story from China in January 2014 was the trial and sentencing of XU ZHIYONG 许志永, a legal scholar and leading activist of the New Citizen movement. Trials, everything connected with rule of law has been very much in the news for a long time in China. See Han Zongbao’s poem 韩宗宝 from fall 2013, for example.

Xu’s statement in court was titled “FOR FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND LOVE“. I was rather surprised at “love” being evoked as a core political value like “freedom” and “justice”. Liberté, Egalité, Amour? Xu’s statement and the accompanying account of how authorities had tried to warn and intimidate him before he was arrested make it clear that he is not only an activist for the rights of migrant workers and for greater openness about public servants’ financial assets. “Can you explain what you mean by Socialism?”, he asks. This is certainly a very important question. China is a Socialist country, at least by name, just like Vietnam, North Korea and Laos. Are there any others? Socialism for China is like Shiite Islam for Iran. But what does Socialism mean, apart from one-party-rule? I think it’s something to believe in, and to practice, to change the fates of working people through actions of solidarity. Isn’t that what the New Citizen movement was trying to do? But Xu has all but dismissed Socialism and has not tried to invoke it as something originally worth believing in. This is understandable, under the circumstances. But can you imagine someone standing up in court in Iran and asking “Can you explain what Islam entails?” Maybe people do it, I don’t know. They probably wouldn’t dismiss religion.

Actually, it is more complicated. I think Xu is testing what is possible. how far the system will go to crush opposition. In his obstinacy he could be compared to Shi Mingde (Shih Ming-te) 施明德 in Taiwan in the 1980s. But Xu is much younger than Shi was in the late 1980s, he was only 15 in 1989.

Xu Zhiyong

“Me:  Aren’t the communist party and socialism western products? May I ask, what is socialism? If a market economy is socialist, why is democracy and the rule of law, which we are pursuing, not socialist? Does socialism necessarily exclude democracy and the rule of law?”

我:共产党、社会主义难道不是西方的吗?请问什么是社会主义?市场经济如果是社会主义,我们追求的民主法治为什么就不是社会主义?社会主义必然和民主法治对立吗?关于反党,这个概念太极端,方针政策对的就支持,错误的就反对,而且,我对任何人都心怀善意,如果共产党经过大选继续执政,我支持。[…] 我可能比你更爱中国!你有空可以看看我写的《回到中国去》,看一个中国人在美国的经历和感想。而你们,多少贪官污吏把财产转移到了国外?



我:明天吧。[words marked by me, see below]

This dialogue between Xu and Beijing State Security official C is very interesting. There is a measure of mutual respect. Xu has spunk, he is brave and obstinate. He mentions “数千万人饿死”, tens of millions died of hunger, as one of the main reasons for not “loving the party” 爱党, as suggested by his interrogator. This dialogue should be very good material for studying Chinese. This section is from the end of the first day (June 25) of Xu’s interrogations in June 2013. You can compare the original to the translation on  In the translation, I could not access the link to Xu’s patriotic article Go Back To China 《回到中国去》, written in New York a few years ago, but it seems to be available on several blogs readily accessible in China.

I Don’t Want You to Give Up’ – a public letter by Xu Zhiyong’s wife.

Words like “citizen” and “love”, and any other words or means of expressions, actually, become something remarkably different in a work of art, different from every-day-usage, and usage in political statements. I find Xu’s use of “love” baffling. “Love” strikes me as rather imprecise, compared to “justice”, for example. Love, simply love, not compassion or caritas. Not bo’ai 博爱, just  aì 愛, as in Wo ai ni 我愛你。Imprecise, but endearing, as something obviously non-political. And thus closer to poetry, literature, art? Ubi caritas et amor, deus ibi est. All You Need is Love. And so on.

“If I had a hammer I’d hammer in the morning/  I’d hammer in the evening all over this land/  I’d hammer out danger, I’d hammer out warning/  I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters/ All over this land …” Pete Seeger  (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014)

The International Federation of Journalists has issued a report on press freedom in China in 2013. Here are two small excerpts:

“On May 3, a woman named Yuan Liya was found dead

outside Jingwen shopping centre in Beijing. Police said

Yuan had jumped from the shopping centre, but her

parents suspected she was killed after she was raped

by several security guards during the night. On May

8 the media was instructed to republish a statement

issued by the Beijing Police and further ordered that

no information could be gathered from independent

sources. All online news sites were told to downplay the

case and social microblogs were required to remove all

related news items.”

This immediately reminds me of SHENG XUE’s 盛雪 poem YOUR RED LIPS, A WORDLESS HOLE, from early 2007. The original is titled NI KONGDONG WU SHENG DE YU YAN HONG CHUN 你空洞无声的欲言红唇. The poem was translated into German by Angelika Burgsteiner and recited in early March 2013 at TIME TO SAY NO, the PEN Austria event for International Women’s Day, in cooperation with PEN Brazil.

“On May 14, media outlets disclosed that several

primary school principals were involved in scandals

involving sexual exploitation of minors. All of the alleged

victims were primary school students. Some bloggers

initiated a campaign aimed at protecting children, but

the authorities demanded that the media downplay

both the scandal and the campaign.”

Cf. Lily’s Story 丽丽传 by Zhao Siyun 赵思云, from 2012.

In China, a Young Feminist Battles Sexual Violence Step by Step

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十二月 10, 2012


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Mo Yan’s Nobel lecture is worth seeing and hearing. The link above doesn’t work in China. Tried to post it on Weibo 微博, didn’t work either. is still banned in China, it seems. The video of Mo Yan’s speech is of course accessible on many websites in China. What is also accessible, to my surprise, is a video of Gao Xingjian’s Nobel lecture, 12 years ago. One Weibo user made this comment:

“I don’t agree with Mo Yan’s critics. But if you compare him to Gao Xingjian, there is a huge difference. In the end, one of them can never return to his home country, the other one can keep his job at the Writer’s Association and be celebrated. Comparing the two Nobel speeches, Gao Xingjian’s could be the one more deserving of pride in the Chinese-speaking world.” Hard to translate, because it’s very good and rather literary Chinese.

They had heated discussions in Sweden, for example between Göran Sommardal and Björn Wiman. Read all about it, in Swedish or Chinese (萬之譯) …


十月 9, 2012


Zhao Siyun
Lili’s Story

My name is Lili Wu
Nine years old
born in North Zhufeng, Tongshi;
Pingyi County, Linyi City district.
When I was very small
My parents were divorced.
I went to live with Mama and Grandma.
Now I am in 3rd grade at South Fuwan primary school.
I like English.
Got 80% in my last exam.
The math teacher is nice to me.
The ethics teacher is nice to me.
I haven’t gone to school for 4 months.
On May 30 this year
During Chinese lesson with our class advisor
Vice-principal Jiang Feng
Called me to the music classroom,
Principal Wang Jiasheng was there, too.
They gave me sweet pills
And took off my pants.
Wang Jiasheng put his weewee into my little hole
When Wang Jiasheng came out
Jiang Feng went in
They told me
Not to tell Mama
Otherwise they wouldn’t let me go to school here
And they would kill me and my mom.
They told me many times.
(Then I must have fainted.
Hearing screams
Class advisor Chen Yongxiang came running.
She pulled up my pants.
Then someone lifted me up
Put me in Wang Jiasheng’s car
And brought me to the clinic on the right side of the gate.
My classmate Xiao Wen wrote all this down on paper.
She said
Other kids saw it too.
On that day
I should have been home at twelve
When I came home at 1:30 p.m
Tottering left and right all the way to our door
Grandma had been waiting on the corner for a long time.
When I was home I wanted to throw up
Didn’t want to eat
Mama wasn’t home
She was at the county hospital visiting a relative
Didn’t come home till the evening
My face, hands and feet were all white
That evening
A nice teacher called Mama
Told her I had been raped by Wang Jiasheng and Jiang Feng
I liked going to school before
Now I don’t dare to go
When school is mentioned I break out in sobs
I am afraid
I took a rest at home for a month
On July 2nd, Mama went with me
To the Pingyi County People’s Hospital for a checkup
The medical record was written a follows
Patient complains of small bleeding in vagina
Accompanied by discharge for over one month.
Recent medical history:
Complains of vaginal pain, red spots, much discharge,
feels like another person forced in his sexual organ
Physical examination:
Normal vulva development
Hymen opening greatly slackened
Old fissures at #3, #8
No other …(I cannot read the writing)
Initial diagnosis:
Hymen ruptured, slackened
From last winter
I had been bleeding
One day I came home in the evening
There was blood on my legs
I wiped it off with paper
Mama has also helped me wipe it
Last winter
Wang Jiasheng and Jiang Feng
Put their cocks into my little hole several times
After school
I felt dizzy, sick, burning
Mama didn’t know then
She took me to the clinic to get some cold medicine
All winter
I got shots, took pills
Mama went to the police
People’s Police Uncles from the criminal police
Went to Xiao Wen’s home several times
So her folks complained at our house
They said Xiao Wen was frightened
And would hardly dare to go to school
So Xiao Wen said her testimony was instigated by my mom
The teacher who had called my mom that evening
Also denied it
The doctor at the clinic said first I was brought in unconscious
But then they said I came in with the principal and two classmates for checkups and shots
Reporters from the province came to our village
They interviewed six children on their way home from school
Five said they didn’t know anything
Another girl
Did not say a word
Our class advisor said
She took a bribe from my mom
She said my mom made her give false testimony
She said I was in class all day as always
She never pulled up my pants
Over one month later
I had another checkup at Pingyi County People’s Hospital
The results were the same
On Sept. 19th, 2012
Wang Jiasheng declared online
The whole affair was all defamation
Jiang Feng also declared
It was a frame-up, made up
To attain some unspeakable purpose
The Pingyi police
Said conditions were not fulfilled
For prosecution


Tr. MW Oct. 2012

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Punks, empathy and torture: Pussy Riot in China and Vienna

八月 17, 2012


Aug. 25

Daniele Kowalsky showed me a very interesting interview with Jonathan Campbell in the L.A. Review of Books. Jonathan Campbell talks with Jeffrey Wasserstrom about 盤古 Pangu,崔健 Cui Jian,無聊軍隊 Wuliao Jundui and other details of rock music and punk in China.

Unfortunately, I can’t agree with Jonathan that yaogun 摇滚 (Chinese rock music) could galvanize China like Pussy Riot seems to have galvanized opposition in Russia. Cui Jian 崔建 did have some very memorable moments, and people in China do remember them, and they will tell you readily about the parts before 1989, mostly. But those moments in 1989 were so painful in the end that no one knows if there will ever be a similar broad-based protest movement again. 1989 brought hope in Europe. Risk, very risky change, and some very ugly violence in Romania. But overall there was hope, and whatever came out of it, 1989 is generally remembered as a year of wonder. In China it’s a trauma. A wound that is usually covered up, but even China is very much connected to the world nowadays, and the world knows. And there are much deeper and older traumata, which can be accessed and shared via 1989. So in that way, there is hope. Connected to underground music. Like the kind that Liao Yiwu’s 廖亦武 music comes from.

There are parallels, certainly. Parallels between Pussy Riot and Ai Weiwei 艾未未, in the pornography. Parallels in the way of some Ai Weiwei news or other embarrassing news everyone gets to know about, and the dark stuff below. The disappearances, the longer ones, see Gao Zhisheng 高智晟. And the corpses. I learned about the late attorney Sergei Magnitsky via Pussy Riot. He died in jail in 2009, and among people concerned with Russia he is as famous as Gao is in and outside China, which means not so many people want to talk about him or even admit they’ve heard of cases like that. Of course, there are corpses under the carpets in every country. Only China is the oldest 5000 year old one, of course.

Aug. 22

2 years for singing in church. Perfectly absurd. Punk music, controversial art. Public space and religion. Russia, Africa, China. What is art? Depends where you are, what you are, who you are, who is with you. What you believe.

One week ago I read two books. A few months before I got to know a poet. Still haven’t seen her. A Jewish poet in Germany, soon to be teaching in Vienna. Esther Dischereit.

Last month I finally got around to pick up a book that contains many poems I translated. Freedom of writing. Writers in prison. A beautiful anthology, edited by Helmuth Niederle, currently head of Austrian PEN.

Connections. Connected to China. Punk music isn’t all that subversive, not in a big way, usually. What if musicians insult the government on stage. Well, I’ve been to about 300 concerts in China, said Yan Jun. Sometimes someone was screaming something in that direction. But they aren’t big stars. They can be ignored.

Christa Wolf. Stadt der Engel. The Overcoat of Dr. Freud. Long and convoluted. Gems in there. How she was loyal to the Party in 1953. And insisted on protest against Party policy. How and what they hoped in 1989. How and what Germany was and is.

Aug. 21

2 years for singing in church. And many more arrested. It does sound more like China than Russia, doesn’t it? The case of Li Wangyang 李旺陽李汪洋) comes to mind. Li Wangyang died around June 4th 2012 in police care after being released from over 20 years of jail. He was a labor activist in the 1989 protests that ended with the massacre on June 4th in Beijing. Li Wangyang supposedly killed himself, but the police report was disputed in China and in Hong Kong, where tens of thousands of people protested. Li’s relatives and friends are still being persecuted. One has been formally arrested and accused of revealing state secrets, because he photographed Li’s body.

Parallels between Russia and China were drawn in media comments after the verdict in Moscow. One comment wondered whether Russia is trying to emulate China, where the word civil society is banned on the Internet. China has had economic success for decades. People put up with authoritarian one-party rule there, the comment said. But it won’t work in Russia, because the economy depends on natural resources, not on industry. The comment contained the old misunderstanding that in China, government policy and enforced stability have caused economic success. Beijing wants the world to think that, of course. However, the prominent law and economy professors Qin Hui 秦暉 and He Weifang 賀衛方 have been saying for years that the economic miracle of the 1980s depended on a consensus to move away from the Cultural Revolution, as well as on investment from Taiwan, Hong Kong and overseas. After 1989, there has been no comparable social consensus. After 1989, the social drawbacks and the gap between rich and poor may have grown faster than the economy. But the middle class has also grown. Regional protests are frequent but limited. Or the other way ’round. The Internet remains vibrant. With Weibo microblogs inside the Great Firewall, and very much Chinese going on outside. Not because the government initiates it. They let it happen. The economy, the art, the internet. Even protests, when they are against Japan, and/or not too big. And they profit. The oligarchy is the Party.

Religion and more or less independent art have been growing in China, about as much as the social conflicts. Art brings huge profits, so they let it happen. In Russia, Pussy Riot have succeeded in connecting independent art, oppositional politics and religion in a highly visible way. Art, political activism and religion are voluble factors, so much that societies where everyday news has been fixated on finance for at least four years now could almost grow jealous.

Pussy Riot were not mentioned in our church on Sunday, as far as I could tell. I had to look after the children. But the preacher drew on her experiences from jail work. She championed the rights of refugees and was a prominent anti-governmental figure in Austria in the 1990s. Direct relevance for religion in Austrian politics is rare. We had Catholic Austro-Fascism in the 1930s, paving the way for Hitler. Some Protestant Nazis as well. After the Holocaust, religion in Austria has a somewhat undead quality. A bit like traditional opera in China, which is rallying, hopefully.

For international discussion about the relevance of underground art, music and religion, China has Liao Yiwu 廖亦武. And Russia has Pussy Riot.

Photo by Vincent Yu/AP

Aug. 17

Worldwide empathy for Pussy Riot is great. The trial in Moscow ends today, so I don’t know yet if three women have to remain in jail for years after singing in a church. There was a lot of worldwide attention last year as Ai Weiwei 艾未未 was abducted and detained by Chinese state security. He was released and voted most influential artist worldwide. I have seen graffiti in support of Pussy Riot here in Vienna in the last few days. One at newly renovated Geology Institute. Not very nice. And there was some kind of happening at the Vienna Russian Orthodox church, I heard. Church authorities not amused. Well, hopefully worldwide support can help enough this time. Quite recently, many political prisoners in China have been sentenced to more than 10 years. There was a lot of attention abroad in one case. And a Nobel.

Austria is a nice place, generally. Sometimes it’s uglier than Germany. Generally uglier, in terms of police abusing, even killing people, always getting away with it. Have been reading Vienna Review and Poetry Salzburg Review in the last few days. News and poetry. Many of our friends here in Vienna are not from Austria. Coming from abroad often provides a clearer perspective.

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Aug. 14

Read two good books. Not in Chinese. Ok, in Chinese I’m reading poetry. And other books, not enough. Anyway. Cornelia Travnicek and Manfred Nowak. Both in German. Non-Fiction and Fiction. No connection. Like Liao Yiwu 廖亦武, Bei Ling 貝嶺 and that Berlin novel, what was it called? Plan D. Ok, there was a connection. Taipei Bookfair 台北國際書展. Ok or not, no connection. A novel. Punks in Austria. Young and female. Male protagonists dead or dying. Ok, not all of them. Anyway, good novel. Vienna, occupied, death, youth, love, society, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s. 2012 exhibition at Wien Museum. Empathy. And the other book? Torture. Human Rights, UN, Austria, torture in Austria (see this newspaper report, also in German), Moldavia, Equatorial-Guinea or how do you call that country, Uruguay and so on. Neglect. Conditions of/for empathy. Ok, so both books are about empathy. Good. And in German. Oh well, maybe some people who read this read German. Or they’ll get translated. The books, not you. Manfred Nowak’s books and other written sources are available in several other languages than German. You can get some very useful stuff in English for free here.

Wienzeile 62: 橫穿長城的頭顱 – Mit dem Kopf durch die Chinesische Mauer

五月 9, 2012

Die Nummer 62 des Literaturmagazins “Wienzeile” ist gedruckt! Mit Texten von Hsia Yü 夏宇, Yan Jun 顏峻, Hung Hung 鴻鴻, Zheng Xiaoqiong 鄭小瓊, Yu Jian 于堅, Ma Lan 馬蘭, Qi Ge 七格, Wu Yinning 吳音寧, Lin Weifu 林維甫, Tong Yali 彤雅立, Pang Pei 厖培, Liao Yiwu 廖亦武 und vielen anderen. Dazu gibt es Grafik und Bilder von Yang Jinsong 楊勁松, Chen Xi 陳熹, Emy Ya 葉宛玲, Ursula Wolte und anderen mehr.

Wu Yinning 吳音寧, Hsia Yü 夏宇, Hung Hung 鴻鴻 und mehrere andere SchriftstellerInnen und KünstlerInnen in dieser Nummer sind aus Taiwan. Gedichte von Wu Yining gibt es auch hier. Zwei der sieben Gedichte, die ich von ihr übersetzt habe, zitieren taiwanische Rockmusik. Eines ist über einen Kanalarbeiter. Die lokalen Details in Verbindung mit Wu Yinnings starkem sozialen Engagement machen die Faszination aller ihrer Texte aus. Sie war z.B. 2001 in Chiapas in Mexico und berichtete von der zapatistischen Revolte.

Wir haben Texte über Wahlen und Demokratie, 1979 – zur Zeit der Demokratiemauer – und heute. Helmut Opletal, langjähriger Rundfunk- und Fernsehkorrespondent, berichtet von den politischen Verhältnissen im Peking der Demokratiemauer und zieht Vergleiche mit aktuellen Ereignissen. Wir haben Han Hans 韓寒 Essay über Demokratie, übersetzt von Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber. Das ist einer von drei Texten – über Revolution, Demokratie und über Freiheit- die Ende Dezember 2011 herauskamen, gerade als wieder einige Dissidenten zu hohen Freiheitsstrafen verurteilt wurden. Han Hans Texte wurden weltweit heftig diskutiert, unter anderem im Zusammenhang mit 100 Jahre Chinesische Revolution/ Abdankung des letzten Kaisers 1911/1912, auch bei einer großen Konferenz an der Universität Wien Anfang dieses Jahres. Wir haben einen Text des Computer- und Internetexperten Hu Yong 胡泳, ebenfalls übersetzt von Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber 殷歌麗, Kuratorin der Ars Electronica in Linz, Übersetzerin zahlreicher chinesischer Artikel und Bücher aus politisch-sozialen und wissenschaftlich-technischen Bereichen. Nicht zuletzt enthält diese Sonderausgabe einen Vergleich zweier hochbrisanter politischer Texte, der Charta 77 aus der damaligen Tschechoslowakei und der chinesischen Charta 08, erstellt von einer Politologin und Sinologin aus Tschechien.

Das Cover ist von Linda Bilda, einer Künstlerin aus Wien. Innerhalb der Redaktion war es von Anfang an umstritten. Aber eine wichtige chinesische Schriftstellerin, die in dieser Ausgabe vertreten ist, findet es gut, gerade auch wegen der Gewalt. Heutiges China, sagt sie.

Ein weiterer Punkt, der zuletzt heftig diskutiert wurde, war die Inkludierung von Texten von und über Wanderarbeiterinnen in China. Im September letzten Jahres war hier in Wien eine große Konferenz über Arbeitskonflikte in China. Vorträge und Berichte gibt es online auf den Konferenzwebseiten und bei Transform! . Eine der Vortragenden war Astrid Lipinsky vom Ostasieninstitut der Univ. Wien, die schon 2008 in der Zeitschrift Frauensolidarität über Arbeitsmigrantinnen, ihre Sprache und ihr Schreiben berichtet hat. In der Wienzeile haben wir den ersten Teil eines langen Gedichtes von Zheng Xiaoqiong 鄭小瓊. Sie ist Arbeitsmigrantin in Dongguan 東莞 und hat neben ihrer Fabrikarbeit seit ungefähr 10 Jahren viele literarische Texte veröffentlicht, die nicht nur auf dem chinesischen Festland, sondern auch in Taiwan und darüber hinaus bekannt und geschätzt sind. Für Hung Hung 鴻鴻, Regisseur und Schriftsteller in Taipeh, erinnern manche Gedichte von Zheng Xiaoqiong an “Akte 0” von Yu Jian 于堅, einem der renommiertesten chinesischen Dichter, der ebenfalls in dieser “Wienzeile” vertreten ist.

Mit dem Kopf durch die Chinesische Mauer – 橫穿長城的頭顱。Der chinesische Titel stammt von Liu Jixin 劉紀新 aus Peking. Liu Jixin unterrichtet klassisches und modernes Chinesisch am Ostasieninstitut der Universität Wien. Im jetzigen gesprochenen und geschriebenen Chinesisch sind klassische Wendungen durchaus häufig, und auch heute sind Bildung, Erziehung und Sprache in vielen Aspekten brisante Themen. Liu Jixin hat einen kleinen, recht subjektiven Artikel über Schulen in Wien und in Peking geschrieben. Die in Peking tätige Architektin Chen Ing-tse 陳穎澤 aus Taiwan schreibt über Lang- und Kurzzeichen in der chinesischen Schrift. Sie hat eine sehr prononcierte Meinung. 100 Jahre nach den ersten Ansätzen der Sprachreform, die eine enorme Kluft zwischen gesprochener und geschriebener allgemeiner Verkehrssprache und eine hohe Schriftunkundigen-Rate beseitigen wollte, gibt es auch auf dem Gebiet der Sprachen und Schriften im chinesischen Sprachraum viele aktuelle Konflikte.

Josef Goldberger interviewt eine chinesische Absolventin eines Studiums in Wien.

Wer erinnert sich noch an 1990? “Keine Mauern mehr” hieß der österreichische Beitrag zum Eurovisions-Songcontest. Leider begannen noch im selben Jahr die Jugoslawien-Kriege der 1990er Jahre, die 1999 auch China berührten, mit dem NATO-Bombardement der chinesischen Botschaft in Belgrad. Diese “Wienzeile” enthält eine Erzählung von Tamara Kesic, die 1990 in Kroatien spielt. Außerdem haben wir weitere literarische Beiträge von deutschsprachigen Autoren, etwa Gedichte von Isa Breier und einen Text von Thomas Losch.
Die Wienzeile 62 wird am 17. Mai im Venster 99 in Wien mit einer Multimedia-Lesung präsentiert (siehe Plakat). Der Dichter und Musiker Yan Jun 顏峻 tritt live auf. Die Zeitschrift ist bei der Redaktion, im Sekretariat der Abteilung Sinologie des Ostasieninstituts an der Univ. Wien und auch bei mir (Martin Winter) erhältlich.

Magazine presentation in Vienna

四月 25, 2012

Mit dem Kopf durch die Chinesische Mauer

Wienzeile, a literature magazine coming out in Vienna, Austria, with entries in Chinese, English and German. Lots of new literature by Hsia Yü 夏宇、Yan Jun 顏峻、Hung Hung 鴻鴻、Zheng Xiaoqiong 鄭小瓊、Yu Jian 于堅、Ma Lan 馬蘭、Qi Ge 七格、Wu Yinning 吳音寧、Lin Weifu 林維甫、Tong Yali 彤雅立、 Pang Pei 龐培、Liao Yiwu 廖亦武 and many others.

Art work and photos by Linda Bilda, Yang Jinsong 楊勁松, Chen Xi 陳熹, Emy Ya 葉宛玲 and others. 

Articles by Han Han 韓寒 and Hu Yong 胡泳. And an article comparing Charter 08 to Charter 77, written by Helena Nejedla, Czech Republic. If you get hungry while reading, we have a recipe for 四川鍋盔.


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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