Posts Tagged ‘killing’

108 BUDDHAKINDER – 莲心儿 Lianxin’er

8月 11, 2021

Lianxin Er
108 BUDDHAKINDER

Beim Wenchuan-Erdbeben 2008
wurde die Frauen- und Geburtsklinik von Shifang gefährlich beschädigt.

Die vielen Frauen hat man nebenan in den Tempel der Arhats gebracht,
108 Kinder kamen sicher zur Welt.

 

Meister Suquan ließ zwei Altäre aneinanderstellen,
als Operationstisch und Krankenbett.
Im Tempel wurden sogar Hühner geschlachtet,
für schwangere Frauen.

 

Nach den Regeln
waren Frauen verboten,
Blut war verboten,
Fleisch war verboten.

Alle drei Gebote
auf einmal gebrochen.

Es gibt kein unbedingtes Gebot!

 

2021-05-12

Übersetzt von MW im August 2021

新世纪诗典作品联展#莲心儿#(7.0)

伊沙推荐:是的,佛无定法,人间有善。更有意思更为重要的是:诗在世相、宗教面前,找到了自己的位置,显示了自己的存在。诗不比谁小,也不比谁大,就是用来诗意地命名罗汉娃的。

况禹补评《新诗典》莲心儿《108个罗汉娃》:大爱为善。此系公理,无论哪个文明体系,都是一样的。真正的文明,是反教条的。

 

黎雪梅读《新世纪诗典》之莲心儿《108个罗汉娃》:世间所有的条条框框没有一成不变的,佛法无边也因缘和合而生,并没有绝对的“有”或绝对的“无”,更何况在巨大的灾难降临之时,有什么比危急关头挽救生命更重要的事情呢?佛家的慈悲为怀在住持素全法师身上尽显,108个罗汉娃的顺利出生,便是佛门最大的功德。苍天或许有眼,也许冥冥之中一种无形的力量,让108这个数字与罗汉寺产生某种奇妙的关联。因为悲悯、良善和大爱,才能让我们见证了这样的人间奇迹,所以即使破了三戒又何妨?

马金山|读莲心儿的诗《108个罗汉娃》的十一条:
1、诗,亦无定法;
2、再好的故事也不一定是诗,但好的诗事,一定是经典的故事;
3、莲心儿,原名陈雪薇,号妙因。北京通州出生,80后。诗人,创作人,公益人,受残障影响女性,无障碍推广者,残障人群生活重建导师;
4、几年前,在北京见过作者,后其来到深圳,但因各种因素未能再聚,相信来日可期,其诗多以个人的身体和信仰为素材,写出了多数常人难以想象到的部分,为个体的生活与精神,更是残酷的现实;
5、本诗所写可谓人世无常,除此之外,还是人间大爱,在寺庙这个特定的环境中,突破三戒,却行至于善,给宗教这一存在,还人以命;
6、此诗分为六节,四个层次,首先由地震引发出一系列的事件,特别是108个新生婴儿在罗汉寺出生,使得本诗厚重起来;
7、紧接着是孕妇进寺,寺庙内杀鸡,让清修之地突破了戒律,但却呈现出了慈悲为念的善良之举,描绘得细致入微,不由令人心中一颤;
8、而第三层和第四层,则总结佛门圣地的大忌,与前面三节构成了强烈的反差,但正是这种状况,才更加的凸显人性的光辉和佛门的大善与佛无定法;
9、此诗标题既独具匠心,又有创意的设计,尤其是108,这个数字,在佛法中有着特殊的含义,而罗汉娃则带来了诗的意味和地理位置的命名,着实巧妙而又鲜活;
10、本诗给予诗人的启示:“写自己熟悉的,写身边的,尽量不写听到的”;
11、宗教之诗,人世之诗,人性之诗。

伊沙主持 | 新世纪诗典11一周联展之女性诗小辑(2021.7.4——7.14)

伊沙主持 | 新世纪诗典11一周联展之女性诗小辑(2021.7.4——7.14)

张小云读莲心儿《108个罗汉娃》

信仰的追求当“完成在人格”
太虚大师倡行人生佛教是
为现实人生的是服务大众的
“人成即佛成,是名真现实”
这句名言广为传诵和践行
诗人写及震时
什邡罗汉寺的故事
正是其中的一例
慈悲,是
佛法的“莲心儿”

2021.7.10

黄开兵手书新诗典(2021年7月合辑)

黄开兵:救人一命胜造七级浮屠!何况是108个初生的生命。此诗写人间善行,大爱无垠。写得宁静却让人深受震动。

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

 

 

BUTCHER WANG ZHA – 叶惠康 Ye Huikang

4月 27, 2021

Ye Huikang
BUTCHER WANG ZHA

Wang Zha had an iron-cast
body.
Tall and vigorous,
famous in the slaughterhouse
for his killing skills.

He could
face a yak
with one hand on each horn
and his knife between his teeth,
yanking his arms
to wrestle a big healthy yak
till it crashed to the ground.
Then with his right hand
he seized the knife from his mouth
and stabbed the yak through the heart.

He was worshipped
by those other butchers,
they needed three or four of them
to overpower
one yak.

On a still night with a bright moon,
Wang Zha went on with domestic violence,
then there was one shot from a rifle.
His lion-like roar
suddenly
ceased.

2021-01-12
Translated by MW in April 2021

 

伊沙推荐:人物小传,口语诗体之一种,可以浓缩一生,也可以造一切片。作者在小档案中的话不是头一次听说,代表了一种现象:"在口语诗中找到了乐趣和自我"一一是的,似乎也只有口语诗能够带了这个结果。

况禹点评《新诗典》叶惠康《屠夫旺扎》:屠夫、牦牛和家暴,这是很奇特的组合,但却突显出人生的底色和关键节点。显现出了作者的表现功力。

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

黎雪梅读《新世纪诗典》之叶惠康《屠夫旺扎》:让屠夫们佩服得五体投地的“杀牛能手”旺扎,却在“一个月圆风轻的夜晚”,因为家暴,“随着一声猎枪的响起/他那狮子般的咆哮/戛然/归于平静”,一个英雄般的人物就这样结束了他悲剧性的命运,故事背后的隐情足够让人脑补,厚重的内涵、惊心动魄的细节,让本诗跌宕起伏,令人回味悠长。

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

马金山|读叶惠康的诗《屠夫旺扎》的十一条:
1、生命的过程,即是诗史;
2、每一个个体生命,都是一首首鲜活的现代诗;
3、叶惠康,女,60后,金融企业退休人员,现居四川凉山彝族自治州西昌市。2020年末开始学写口语诗;
4、叶惠康,此前在刘傲夫推荐的诗人名单里见过这个名字,一直以为是个男的,今日新诗典推荐出来才知道,其是位女诗人,而且诗的语感及意味都很好;
5、回到本诗,以一个切面,写尽了一个人的一生,尤其是诗内的空间感与奇妙的一系列事物为主线,勾勒出生命的重要时刻和值得回味的部分,惊颤心神,狠辣无比;
6、一个人,因为其生存的手段就是屠宰牛,而却又因家暴而遭遇枪杀,真可谓因果轮回,皆会有报,并由此产生相互转化,互相影响,及物与物的隐喻性;
7、活生生的,一个个场景,跃然纸上,形成一种立体的视觉效果,给人以痛切之感;
8、而诗的结尾,像极了故事的结局,无疑就是悲剧,残酷而无情,真实且令人回味悠长;
9、诗题直面具体人物,包括职业和技能,具有大气的诗歌元素,不仅饱含生命的颜色,还有一个代表性的人物形象,写出即一生;
10、本诗给予诗人的启示:“细节与切面,都会生长诗性的光辉”;
11、小人物诗,命运之诗,现实之诗。

黄开兵:叶惠康女士此诗,就像一部惊心动魄的微电影!写得非常地冷静、节制。我抄写此诗,也很克制,尽量简静,留出大片的空白,对应诗中的所营造的故事空间感。

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

 

 

 

 

PFERDEFLEISCH – 瑠歌 Liu Ge

9月 23, 2020

Liu Ge
PFERDEFLEISCH

Die Pferde in unseren Gedichten
sind ein Teller Fleisch auf dem Tisch.

Die echten Pferde
grasen
und trinken
an der Nordgrenze
am Himmelsfluss
und streicheln einander.

Ausgewachsene Pferde
haben glänzende Schläfen
bis die Hirten
sie schlachten
verpacken
und Eselfleischhändlern aus Hebei verkaufen.
Sowas geschieht
überall auf der Erde
wo die Lyrik nicht hinkommt.

3. Juli 2020
Übersetzt von MW im September 2020

 

 

ANTI-JAPANISCHER KRIEG: 從容

10月 24, 2019

Cong Rong
ANTI-JAPANISCHER KRIEG

Oma flüchtet,
lässt Song-Porzellan und Jade zurück,
hat meinen Onkel in ihrer Hand.
Die Flüchtlinge drängen sich oben am Berg,
halten den Atem an.
Jemand steckt den Kopf raus und fragt:
Was ist wenn das Kind weint?
Die ganze Gruppe will Oma und das Kind weghaben.
“Wenn es weint, drück ich es tot,
eure Sicherheit ist nicht in Gefahr!”
Sechzig Jahre später frag ich sie,
und wenn der Onkel geweint hätt?
“Dann hätt ich ihn totdrücken müssen.”

Übersetzt von MW im Oktober 2019

抗日战争
从容

外婆逃难,
丢下宋瓷和玉器
手里抱着二舅,
难民们挤在山上
都屏住呼吸
有人挑头说:
这孩子哭了怎么办?
全体都想把外婆和孩子撵走
外婆说:如果他哭,我就地把他掐死,
绝不会影响你们的安全!
六十年后我问她,
如果二舅真的哭了呢?
她说:那我只能掐死孩子。

 

 

 

SCH-SCH-T-TOT-T-TT-TERN – 伊沙维也纳朗诵会 – S-S-ST-T-T-TUT-T-TER-RING

5月 16, 2015

Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Yi Sha 《结结巴巴》
S-S-ST-T-T-TUT-T-TER-RING

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!

1991
Tr. MW, 2015

Yi Sha 《结结巴巴》
ST-STO-TO-TT-TERN

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

m-m-meine
sch-schp-prache
m-masch-schinengewehr-s-salven
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!

1991
Übersetzt von MW im April 2013

<結結巴巴>

結結巴巴我的嘴
二二二等殘廢
咬不住我狂狂狂奔的思維
還有我的腿

你們四處流流流淌的口水
散著霉味
我我我的肺
多麼勞累

我要突突突圍
你們莫莫莫名其妙
的節奏
急待突圍

我我我的
我的機槍點點點射般
的語言
充滿快慰

結結巴巴我的命
我的命裡沒沒沒有鬼
你們瞧瞧瞧我
一臉無所謂

1991

Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Photos and videos by Beate Maria Wörz

Yi Sha 《精神病患者》
GEISTESKRANKE

theoretisch
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

1994
Übersetzt von Martin Winter 2013

《精神病患者》

從理論上講
一個精神病患者的發作
應該是怎樣的
我不知道
我只看到
在這個國家
在這座城市
一個精神病患者的發作
往往是振臂高呼
一串革命口號

1994

Yi Sha《精神病患者》
MENTAL PATIENTS

theoretically
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

1994
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 MÖCHTE JEMANDEN UMBRINGEN

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

1994
Übersetzt von MW 2012

《我想殺人》

我有點不大對勁了
– 我想殺人
噢!那是去年
在爬滿落葉的秋天
二十名死囚被押往
北郊的河灘
“砰!砰!”
其中一個被剖腹取腎
在隨後進行的手術中
移植寡人

1994

Yi Sha 《我想殺人》
I WANT TO KILL

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

1994
Tr. MW, 2015

angewandte2

Yi Sha 《9/11心理报告》
9/11 AUF DER COUCH

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!

2001
Übersetzt 2013 von Martin Winter

Yi Sha
9.11 REPORT FROM THE COUCH

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!”

2001
Tr. MW, Oct. 2014

9/11心理報告

第1秒鐘目瞪口呆
第2秒鐘呆若木雞
第3秒鐘將信將疑
第4秒鐘確信無疑
第5秒鐘隔岸觀火
第6秒鐘幸災樂禍
第7秒鐘口稱復仇
第8秒鐘崇拜歹徒
第9秒鐘感嘆信仰
第10秒鐘猛然記起
我的胞妹
就住在紐約
急撥電話
要國際長途
未通
扑向電腦
上網
發伊妹兒
敲字
手指發抖
“妹子,妹子
你還活著嗎?
老哥快要急死了!”

2001

ZWEI KINDER VOM BESSEREN VIERTEL- 秦巴子

3月 6, 2015

Qin Bazi
ZWEI KINDER VOM BESSEREN VIERTEL

Auf dem Bus an einem Tag mit viel Schnee
stehen zwei Kinder hinter mir,
eingestiegen im besseren Viertel.
Aus ihrem Gespräch
weiß ich sie wollen Schneebrillen kaufen,
von Prada und im Restaurant neben Prada
etwas einschaufeln.
Sie kommen von
Brillen zu Luxuswagen,
dann zu tausend-Dollar-Handys.
Ich seufze schon.
Die Reichen haben gern ihren Willen.
An der Station “Zweite Technik-Straße”
sehen sie jemanden telefonieren
und einer sieht sogar,
der Mensch mit dem Handy
verwendet ein Apple 6.
Und so planen die beiden Kinder
einen Raubüberfall.
Die Ausführung, die Flucht,
etwaige Verfolgungsszenarien,
wie zu reagieren ist –
mit bestechender Logik,
sie denken an alles,
sind wirklich begabt.
Vorbei an der früheren Adresse
der 1. Grundschule Hoch-Neu,
sprechen sie von früheren Mitschülern.
Das Mädchen So-und-so sei zwar hübsch
aber vom Dorf;
der Schüler So-und-so
ein armer Teufel,
die besten Noten nützen ihm gar nichts.
Jetzt dreh ich mich um,
sie sind von einer berühmten Schule in Uniform,
einen halben Kopf größer als ich,
ungefähr 16, 17.
Aus den sauberen Gesichtern
blitzen Durchtriebenheit
und kühles Blut.
Sie schaffen es sicher
auf die beste Uni.
Ein paar Semester in Europa, Amerika
und Doktorabschlüsse.
Ich hab keinen Zweifel
sie werden zu Stützen des Staates
und zucken nicht mit der Wimper
wenn es ans Töten geht.

Februar 2015
Übersetzt von MW am 5. März 2015

秦巴子
《富人区的俩孩子》

大雪日的公交车上
富人区上来的两个孩子
站在我身后
从他们的交谈中
我知道他们是要去买
普拉达的防雪墨镜
再去旁边的豪华餐厅
撮一顿
他们的话题
从眼镜转向豪车
再到上万元的高档手机
让我不得不感叹
有钱就是任性
在科技二路那一站
看到一个在路边打手机的人
其中一个竟然看清了
在路边打手机的人
用的是刚上市的苹果六
于是两个孩子
开始设计抢劫
如何实施,如何逃跑
对可能出现的追逃情景
如何对付
他们逻辑清晰
堪称滴水不漏
真是很有一套
路过高新一小旧址
他们谈到以前的同学
说某某女生虽然漂亮
但是有村气
又骂到某某男同学
是个穷鬼
回回考第一也没用
此时我回头看了看
他们身着那所著名中学的校服
比我高出半头
大概高二高三的年纪
干净的脸上
透着世故的聪明
和冷血
我想他们肯定会考上名校
然后去欧美游学
拿到博士
我毫不怀疑
他们会长成家国栋梁
并且能够轻易做到
杀人不眨眼

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AVENUE OF ETERNAL PEACE – 春樹 Chun Sue

6月 3, 2014

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QUESTIONS BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP

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?

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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
DREAMING OF LIVING INSIDE A DREAM

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
MORNING, AVENUE OF ETERNAL PEACE

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.

2012-03-03
Tr. MW, May 2014

Fragen

3月 14, 2010

Darf man fragen?

Darf man Kinder einfach toeten?
Muss man einen Antrag stellen?
Wofuer ist man Polizist?
Wofuer ist man Freund und Helfer?
Polizisten duerfen schiessen
Polizisten schuetzen uns
Polizisten schieben ab
Polizisten kleben zu
Arbeit fuer Gerechtigtkeit
Werbung fuer die Polizei
Klebt an vielen Strassenecken
Darf man Kinder einfach toeten?
Fragt die grossen Zeitungen
Muessen Kinder ins Gefaengnis
Weil sie hier nicht bleiben duerfen?
Darf man Menschen einfach toeten?
Muss man einen Antrag stellen?
Muss man Dokumente bringen?
Muss man auf die Uhrzeit achten?
Muss man eine Nummer ziehen?
Wofuer ist man integriert?
Was darf man in Oesterreich?
Darf man leugnen, was geschah?
Wofuer gibt es eine Wahl?
Gibt es keine Kandidaten?
Jede Woche eine Schande?
So viele Zeitungen
So viele Fragen

MW Maerz 2010

http://www.fussballverbindet.org

May I ask?

Will they let you kill a child?
Do you need an application?
Will they let you work again?
Can you be a good policeman?
Are you going to protect us?
Are you going to deport us?
Maybe you’ll deport our neighbours?
Maybe gag them on the plane
Maybe they are still policemen
Those who gagged and killed that guy
Can they put a child in jail
And deport a nine-year-old
Because he’s from Kosovo
And they say the war is over
Who cares what his friends are saying
Or his teachers, or his town
Here in lovely Austria
You can be a candidate
Candidate for president
If the papers will support you
Say you are for law and order
Maybe you are just a Nazi
Hardly anybody cares
Will you go and work for justice
Come and work for the police
Let me just describe the poster
Justice is the only word
There’s the word, and there are handcuffs
Handcuffs on a pair of hands
Posters are in every school
Many streets and public buildings
Will they let you kill a child?
Do you need to take a number?
If the papers will support you
May I ask another day?

MW March 2010

Urumqi and Kashgar

8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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