Posts Tagged ‘media’

JUNGE DAME – 馬非

三月 26, 2017

Ma Fei
JUNGE DAME

eine junge dame
macht “ts ts ts”
vor einem alten
familienfoto
an der wand
“was haben die nur gegessen
dass sie alle so schlank waren?”

sie hat auf die jahreszahl nicht geachtet
1960
aber es hätte auch nichts genützt
sie hat in der schule
nicht davon gelernt

2017
Übersetzt von MW im März 2017

 

《姑娘》

一个姑娘在
墙壁上挂着的
一幅祖辈的
全家福照片前
啧啧称奇
充满向往
“他们都是咋吃的
一个比一个苗条”

她没有注意到
照片拍摄的时间
是1960年
即便注意到了
也是白搭
她学习不咋地

(2017)

 

 

Ma Fei
NICHT VERSTANDEN

ein spion
eliminiert einen spion
als der erste spion
von einem dritten eliminiert wird
in der todesstunde
das erstaunen auf seinem gesicht
das hab ich nicht verstanden

2017
Übersetzt von MW im März 2017

 

《不理解》

一个特务
干掉了另一个特务
当这个特务
被第三个特务干掉
在临死的一刻
脸上露出不解的表情
是我所不理解的

(2017)

 

Ma Fei
IM TRAUM

ich besteige eine frau
an die ich in wirklichkeit
überhaupt nicht gedacht hab
ich weiß was nachher passiert
alle möglichen folgen
das hat sich im traum nicht geändert
in schweiß gebadet
steig ich von ihr herunter
und sie verlangt schon von mir
ich soll zwei leute entlassen
ich spür gleich noch mehr schweiß
gottseidank sind die zwei mädchen
in einem anderen büro
es liegt nicht an mir

2017
Übersetzt von MW im März 2017

 

《虚惊一场》

我上了一个
在现实生活中
从来没想上的女人
我深知一旦上了
将后患无穷
麻烦不断
果不其然
在梦里也没改变
我刚大汗淋漓地
从她身上下来
她就要求我
开除两个人
令我又出一身汗
还好这兩个姑娘
是另一个单位的
我管不着

(2017)

 

Ma Fei
《DIE ZEIT VON SEX ALS AVANTGARDE IST NOCH LANG NICHT VORBEI》

sie ist offenbar ganz erregt
zeigt mit dem finger
auf mein buch
eine seite
und blättert rasch weiter
und zeigt mit zitterndem finger
“wie kannst du in einem gedicht
ein solches wort gebrauchen”
“ich brauch es schon über zwanzig jahre”
sag ich ihr ehrlich

das wort das sie aufregt ist
“schwanz”

(2017)

 

《写性就先锋的时代远未终结》

她显然很愤怒
指着我的诗集
其中一页
又快速地翻到另一页
手指哆哆嗦嗦
“你怎么能在诗里
用这样的脏词”
“我用二十多年了”
我老实承认

她说的那个词是
“鸡巴”

(2007)

Martin Winter: Der Mond muss perfekt sein / Überquerung des gelben Flusses

三月 26, 2017

Martin Winter präsentiert sowohl eigene, wie Gedichte von Yi Sha, die in einer chinesich-deutschen Ausgabe erschienen sind.

Beteiligte:
Martin Winter (Autor/in)
Christian Berger (Redakteur/in)

lbm17, CHB

 

 

SO

三月 26, 2017

BAD SCHANDAU

half an hour till dresden
beautiful scenery in between
looks like china
steep mountain sides on the elbe
bad rathen or something
and some other city
deepest gdr
up from the czech border
good place to open a chinese restaurant
not too much competition
but you never know

MW March 2017

 

 

SO

so schön unbeschwert
so munter eilen wir so-
lang wir noch leben

MW März 2017

 

 

FATEN

die spinnen die faten
die fakten die fetten die falten die gstetten
die alten
wir sind nicht entweder oder
wir sind entweder oder
freund oder feind
oder sonst

MW März 2017

 

 

BUCHMESSE-KERRPREIS

dass das feuilleton
einmal eine macht war
ist schon so exotisch
wie das glasperlenspiel

feuilletanten
und elefanten
europäischer länder
feiern einen der ihren

mag es noch viele geben
die so freundlich sind
in so viele richtungen
wie herrn breitenstein

MW März 2017

 

 

NERV

er ist eh nicht da
warum fällt er mir ein
er hat viel verdienst
die zunft hat halt schaden
auch wegen ihm
was mir an kubin
am meisten am nerv geht
dass er als deutscher
und österreicher
nicht bescheidener auftritt

MW März 2017

 

 

LITERADIO

jetzt sollt ich noch
in leipzig sein
den süßen wein vom christian berger
hab ich sehr gut vertragen

MW März 2017

POETRY REPORT

二月 25, 2017

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POETRY

poetry
is impo
rtant
truth
is impo
tent
or is it
or are you

MW February 2017

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REPORT

every report
every detailed incisive report
kind that makes powerful people squirm
is just as important
as any art
any poem
any church, temple
that makes you pause
think
feel
every report

MW February 2017

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WAH!

二月 2, 2017

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WAH!

wah! wah! wah!
wah! wah! wah!
wah! wah! wah!

bitte nicht alles wahrnehmen!
bitte nicht alles wahrnehmen!

wah! wah! wah!
wah! wah! wah!
wah! wah! wah!

MW 1. Februar 2017

哇!

哇!哇!哇!
哇!哇!哇!
哇!哇!哇!

哇就是真话
哇就是真相

请不要一切当哇!
请不要一切当哇!

哇!哇!哇!
哇!哇!哇!
哇!哇!哇!

2017/2

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KURZEN-ZEITUNG

kurz kurz kurz
kurz kurz kurz
kurz kurz kurz

sehr kurz sehr kurz sehr kurz
sehr kurz sehr kurz sehr kurz
sehr kurz sehr kurz sehr kurz

sehr sehr sehr
sehr sehr sehr
sehr sehr sehr

GANZ VERHÜLLT

MW 2. Februar 2017

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AM BALL

一月 30, 2017

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HEADLINE

heartless arsehole hypocrite
fulfils headless promises

MW January 2017

 

MUSS MAN DIE USA
ZUERST AN DIE WAND FAHREN
DASS EUROPA KAPIERT
DASS MAN SOWAS NICHT WÄHLT?

 

DAS NEUE PROGRAMM

die kalte progression wird wärmer
kurz darf leider nicht länger vermummt werden
sobotka wird überwacht
alle müssen unterschreiben

MW Jänner 2017

 

WER IST AM BALL?

lasst sie doch tanzen?
wir haben gewonnen
um sie zu verhindern
wer nach bestem gewissen
trumpt
gehört nicht in die hofburg
allerdings
auch nicht ins außenamt
u.s.w.
p.s.
wer gegen den opernball war
ist bei der demo willkommen

MW Jänner 2017

Stockholm Dreaming China

九月 6, 2016

艾喜說得真好。難忘的兩三天一場夢。我講了天津詩人徐江《想象IMAGINE》一首,還有伊沙的《梦》,並且伊沙和徐江各種詩歌平台夢想。都是非常具体的、民间的、日常生活的東西。謝謝朋友們!多谢意大利汉学国际联邦!谢谢斯德哥尔摩大学漢學系以及遠遠從新西兰、澳洲等等來参加的学者!

Writing China

800px-veterinc3a4rhc3b6gskolan_2011aEarlier this month, I attended the conference Exploring the China Dream at Stockholm University – glorious good fun including more  inspiring and informative presentations than I can mention here, so just a few samples:

At the panel on film and visual culture chaired by eminent organizer Elena Pollacchi, Prof. Paola Voci introduced us to different types of virtual soft power with hilarious and scary examples of short internet films like this one (》低头人生《 about what can happen to people who live with their heads glued to small screens).

Prof. Irmy Schweiger chaired my panel on dreams in literature, in which Martin Winter (who is much quicker on the keyboard than I am and has already blogged about it here and  here) read us a poem by Xu Jiang and talked about his translations of Yi Sha’s dream inspired poetry. It reminded me of Jack Kerouac’s Book of…

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FERIEN – 度假 – VACATION

五月 7, 2016

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FERIEN

lasset uns tauchen gehen.
letztes jahr im august
hat jemand in tianjin gesagt
tausend leut sind gestorben.
er wurde eingesperrt.
lasset uns tauchen gehen.
dieses jahr diesen monat
waren wahlen in taiwan.
erste präsidentin in asien
die nicht aus einer familie der macht kommt.
lasset uns tauchen gehen.
vor ein paar tagen
gab jemand ein interview
radio freiheit oder so
sagte die stadt wo er lebe
sei keineswegs frei,
autonome region nicht autonom.
lasset uns tauchen gehen.
er bekam vierzehn jahre.
er war der erste nicht.
lasset uns tauchen gehen.
am nachmittag
gibts noch andere sachen.

MW 2016

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VACATION

Let us go diving into the deep.
Last year in August
someone in Tianjin
said one thousand people had died.
He was put in jail.
Let us go diving.
Elections this year in Taiwan,
first female president.
Let’s go now, let’s go.
These few days
someone gave an interview
voice of freedom or something.
Said the city he lived in
was not free,
autonomous region was not autonomous.
Let us go diving now.
He got fourteen years.
He wasn’t the first.
Let’s go now, go.
There’ll be other things
planned for the afternoon.

January 2016

《度假》

我们去潜水吧
去年八月份
有人说天津
死了一千
被关起来。
我们去潜水吧。
今年台灣选举
第一位女总统。
去吧, 去吧。
这几天
有人接受访问
自由之声
说他所在的城市
不自由
自治区不自治。
我们去潜水吧。
他被判十四年。
也不是第一人。
去吧, 去吧。
等到下午
还有别的项目。

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STIMME DER VERNUNFT (1-3)

五月 5, 2016

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STIMME DER VERNUNFT

vernunft ist jetzt ein brauner bodensatz
das recht geht dem volk aus
das war immer schon so
das recht gehört denen die sichs richten können
in allen parteien
wer ist schuld wenn
der braune bodensatz präsident wird
jeder der haider cool fand
helmut zilk
jeder der nachgemacht hat
löschnak cap und so weiter
nicht nur die schwarzen
jeder der inseriert hat
in österreich das gratis aufliegt
im großen schmierblatt
dem unser kanzler sein amt verdankt
als er mit seinem vorgänger
auf einmal arschgeküsst hat
der fischer sagt auch nichts
wär doch schön irgendwie
könnt sich der handke für die republik
gegen die blauen staatsfeinde
so engagieren wie für milosevic
österreich ist ein schlechter witz

MW Mai 2016

STIMME DER VERNUNFT (2)

ist die vernunft

 der im parlament

herbeigestimmte notstand

der beiden parteien

für die zehn prozent noch zu viel sind?

die stimme der vernunft ist leise,

hat freud gesagt.

und ich vergess es

auch immer wieder.

MW Mai 2016

STIMME DER VERNUNFT (3)

es war die stimme des intellekts
die stimme des intellekts ist leise
hat freud gesagt
jedenfalls stimmt es
das dreiste grinsen
auf den plakaten
ist wohl genau das gegenteil
in beiden fällen

die lust am für-blöd-verkaufen
das fahnenschwenken
wer den antifaschistischen konsens
in der verfassung
in frage stellt
gehört ins gefängnis
nicht ins parlament
oder in die hofburg

das kann man nicht laut genug sagen

MW Juli 2016

WHY WRITE POETRY? – 馬非 Ma Fei

四月 30, 2016

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Ma Fei
WHY WRITE POETRY?

In my dream
they hung me up,
dipped a whip in cold water
to beat me,
so I should confess.
Their question
was tricky:
“Why do you write poems?”
I told the truth:
“I don’t know.”
The leather lashed as heavy rain,
thicker, harder.
Really couldn’t stand it,
so I roared, “Pain! …”
A miracle happened,
the rain stopped.

2016
Tr. MW, 2016

 

《为什么写诗》

梦里
我被吊起来
有人用皮鞭
沾凉水
抽打我
严刑逼供
他们的问题
十分刁钻:
“为什么写诗”
我据实回答:
“不知道”
皮鞭变雨点
更密集地落下
实在受不了
我大喊一声:
“疼啊——”
奇迹发生了
雨点停了

 

Ma Fei
ALS ICH KLEIN WAR

in der nacht
geh ich raus aufs klo
sehe
die schaukel
an der weinranke
schwingt noch
mondlicht
sitzt
und freut sich

2015
Übersetzt von MW im Januar 2016

 

馬非
《小时候》

夜半
出门小便
看见
挂在葡萄架
的那具秋千
还在晃荡
月光
优哉游哉
坐在上面

2015

Ma Fei signiert

Ma Fei
IN DOUBT

Some people say this country
resembles a public toilet.
Some go further and say
it is a latrine.
I am not of the same opinion.
Whenever I enter such a latrine
I feel I am going to
spit out all my entrails.
In real life
I don’t feel this
all the time.

2015
Tr. MW, 2016

Ma Fei
ZWEIFEL

manche sagen dieses land
gleiche einem pissoir
andere meinen sogar
es sei eine latrine
ich hege nicht dieselbe meinung
auf einer latrine
hab ich immer das gefühl
ich spucke alle innereien heraus
sonst im leben
ist das
nicht immer so

2015
Übersetzt von MW im Januar 2016

《质疑》

有人将这个国家
比喻成公共厕所
更有甚者
比喻成公共旱厕
我是有不同意见的
每次出入旱厕
无一例外都会产生的
吐光内脏的感觉
在现实生活中
我不是无时无刻
都有的

2015

Ma Fei
DOG POEMS – HUNDEGEDICHTE 2016
2016年第一浪

《决定》

有关狗诗
就是再好
我也不写了
在老婆说出
“等儿子
上大学去了
也养一条狗”
之后

DECISION

Dog poems,
even if they are good ones,
I’m not going to write them,
after my wife said,
“once our son
has left for college,
we’ll get a dog too.”

2016

ENTSCHEIDUNG

hundegedichte
auch wenn sie gut sind
werd ich nicht schreiben
nachdem meine frau gesagt hat
“wenn unser sohn
weit weg auf der uni ist
dann nehmen wir
uns auch einen hund”

2016

Ma Fei reads

《人民》

我对人民的反感
源自小时候
看过的电影
银幕上面的家伙
老以人民的名义
杀人
有一次
他们枪毙了
我喜欢的一个
女孩的父亲
使小姑娘
悲痛万分
无路可走
投河自尽

THE PEOPLE

my feeling against The People
comes from my childhood,
from the movies I saw.
those guys on the screen
they always killed
in the name of the people
one time they shot
the father of a girl I was fond of
the girl was so desperate
she saw no way out
drowned herself in the river

2016

DAS VOLK

meine abneigung gegen das volk
kommt aus den filmen
aus meiner kindheit
auf der leinwand
haben sie immer
im namen des volkes
leute getötet
einmal
wurde einer erschossen
der war der vater
eines mädchens
das ich gern hatte.
sie war untröstlich
sah keinen ausweg
und ging ins wasser

2016

《冲突》

针对一部电视剧的结尾
由于我的一句话
和老婆发生了冲突
还颇为激烈

作为主人公的革命老干部
在即将告别人世之际
哆哆嗦嗦地翻阅
儿子给他偷印来的档案
说:“你们看看
我一生清白
一个污点都没有
我很满足很幸福”
然后含笑而逝

我多嘴说:
“他应当痛哭才对”

 

Ma Fei
ARGUMENT

Concerning the end of a tv drama,
I had an argument with my wife,
it got rather intense.
The revolutionary cadre,
about to take leave from this world,
trembling while reading his file,
secretly printed out by his son,
saying: “You all take a look,
my whole life is blameless
not one little blemish!
I am happy, I am content.”
Then he dies with a smile.

And I ruined it and said:
“He should have been in agony!”

2016
Tr. MW, 3/29/16

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《人生是无尽的忍受》

虽然说
人生是无尽的忍受
但也有憋不住的时候
如果我不写诗
进行疏导
就爆炸了
尽管是因为写诗
才让我知道
人生是无尽的忍受

Ma Fei
LEBEN IST ENDLOSES ERTRAGEN

obwohl man sagt
leben ist endloses ertragen
manchmal kann man es nicht mehr halten
würd ich nicht schreiben
für umleitung sorgen
müsst ich explodieren
obwohl ich durchs schreiben
erst richtig erfahre
leben ist endloses ertragen

2016

《错过》

在刚刚过去的夏天
在西安小寨的天桥上
我被一位大学同窗
也是前女友拍入手机
她当时并不知道
是在事后整理照片时发现的
而我是在她把照片发过来后
才知道在那个时刻
我们俩同时出现在一个地点
硬生生地错过了
其时她在拍摄一个乞丐
无意间把我也拍了进去
从照片上看
我正经过这个乞丐
没给钱

Ma Fei
MISSED

This summer in Xiaozhai in Xi’an,
on a pedestrian bridge.
A friend from college,
my former girlfriend,
she took my picture but didn’t know it.
Only later she went through her mobile.
She sent it to me, then I realized,
we had been there at the same time,
but missed each other.
She took a photograph of a beggar,
I was in there by accident.
You can see on the photo,
I passed the beggar,
gave him no money.

2015
Tr. MW, 2016

 

Ma Fei
VERPASST

im grad erst vergangenen sommer
xiaozhai in xi’an, eine fussgängerbrücke
dort hat mich meine frühere freundin
und studienkollegin fotografiert
sie hat es zuerst nicht gewusst
später in ihrem handy hat sie mich entdeckt
mir das foto geschickt dann habs ich erst gewusst
wir waren gleichzeitig am selben ort
und haben uns ausgerechnet verpasst
sie hat einen bettler fotografiert
mich dabei zufällig auch aufgenommen
auf dem foto sieht man
ich geh an dem bettler vorüber
und geb ihm kein geld

2016
Übersetzt von MW, 2016

《屠呦呦》

屠呦呦在瑞典斯德哥尔摩
领取诺贝尔生理学或医学奖
并发表获奖感言的消息
中央电视台在新闻联播中
安排播出了
时间虽短
但还是看得我一身汗
我是担心啊——
播音员嘴一秃噜
来上这么一句:
“这是勤劳智慧的中国人民
又一次伟大的胜利”
说是中医的胜利
我勉强可以接受

Ma Fei
TU YOUYOU

Tu Youyou received her Nobel
in Stockholm
Biology prize or Medicine prize
and thanked them
on China Central Television
they didn’t air her for long
but I started sweating
I was afraid
the speaker would blurt out:
“This is another victory
for the working masses’ wisdom
of the Chinese people.”

If it was a victory for Chinese medicine,
I guess
that would be ok.

2016
Tr. MW, April 2016

踟蹰

我要去造访
一座雪山
从现在上路
需要耗时
一个冬天
这没什么
问题是你说:
“走到那里
就是春天了
冰雪该化了”

 

不屑爱

酒后归家
老婆正用IPAD
看电视剧
她说:“去
给我接盆水
洗脚”
半路折回
我问:“为啥”
“这里面说
男人给女人洗脚
可以证明爱”
她指着IPAD说
“那就算了
不过……
我给你捏背”

 

新年联欢会

他唱得真好
比原唱还好
可是他唱得越好
我越觉得不好
终至以接电话为由
逃到外面抽烟

他五十大几
听说曾有老婆
但跟别人跑了
是我们单位
临时聘来
打扫卫生的

那天他唱的歌曲是
《爱江山更爱美人》

可怕

事情的可怕之处
不在于
你离不开手机了
却可以任由
她的离去
而在于
在她离去的时候
你甚至都没有
从手机上
抬一下头

 

读书生活

有的书
我压根不知道
它的存在
有的书
我扫了一眼书名
就丢到一边去了
有的书
我读了开头
就丢到一边去了
有的书
我读到一半
就丢到一边去了
有的书
我是从中间读起的
有的书
我只读了最后几页
有的书我读完了
有的书我想读完
可是我读不完了
有的书会读到
我的结尾

Ma Fei
ICH WILL JEMANDEN SCHLAGEN

an einem tag
unterwegs
im bus
beim abendlichen spaziergang
haben drei leute
wie ausgemacht
mich dasselbe gefragt:
“da ist etwas in der luft,
es stinkt, riechen sie das?”
ich sag jedesmal
“meine nase ist entzündet”
wie ausgemacht
haben alle drei nicht nur neid im gesicht
sondern antworten auch noch dasselbe:
“entzündete nase haben ist gut!”

2016

《我想打人》

一日之内
在路上
在车上
在夜晚散步的时候
跟约好了似的
分别有三个人
如是问过我
相同的问题:
“空气里有股臭味
你闻到了吗”
我告诉他们
“我有鼻炎”
跟约好了似的
这三个人
不但露出艳羡的神色
还异口同声:
“鼻炎真好”

Ma Fei reads in bookstore

Ma Fei
NACHREDE

tief in meinem traum
hat mich jemand leise erwähnt
ich spitz die ohren
hör nur einen satz
aber das ist genug:
“dieser kerl ma fei
ist ziemlich stolz.”
ich bin gleich erleichtert
und kicher sogar
das war gute nachrede
jedenfalls
für einen dichter

2016

 

《坏话》

在梦的深处
有人悄声议论我
我竖耳细听
只捕捉到一句
但已足够
“马非这个家伙
比较傲”
我一下子放松了
还扑哧一笑
这哪是坏话
分明是表扬
对于诗人来说

 

牙疼的好处

让我相信
这个世界
还有美好
存在
意欲获取
也并不
十分困难
治好了牙
便得

荡妇

许多年过去了
这个非议女人
最恶毒的词
我几乎都是从
女人的口中
听闻的

 

乘机经历

在候机厅
老能听到
这样的广播:
“XXX乘客
您乘坐的航班
即将起飞
请速到X号登机口
上飞机”
有时不免奇怪
他们干啥去了
有时还很羡慕
仿佛如此待遇
是多好的待遇
于是就有了一次
如下的经历:
其实我早早到了
直到最后一名乘客登机
还稳稳地坐着
耳朵持续充血
越来越硬
越竖越高
也没听到
喊自己的名字
终至按耐不住
一个箭步
窜到登机口
递上登机牌
在美女地勤的白眼中
狂奔而入

 

一种现实

他对我说话的时候
看着别人
他冲别人说话的时候
目视着我

我正试图理解
错在我与别人
所处的位置关系
有问题
而不是他的生理缺陷
——斜视

做不到我也得做

 

冬日在杜甫故里

刚踏入大门
一个上了年纪的
女人就小跑过来
“师傅
麻烦给我拍一个照
和他”
她递上手机
又手指杜甫雕像
“天太冷了
我找了好半天
一个人也没有”

Ma Fe reads1

Ma Fei
KUNSTWERK

ich glaube nicht
dass der schornstein
der hinter der statue
des dichters Du Fu
in dem ort wo er lebte
fröhlich paffend
schwarze wolken ausstößt
böse absicht ist
im gegenteil
er meint es gut
es ist eine aktion
er will kontrastieren
kontrastieren und stärken
die sorge des dufu
um sein ganzes volk
dieser klassische ausdruck
das ist ihm gelungen

2016

Ma Fei
ART PIECE

I don’t think
the smokestack
spouting
clouds of dark smoke
behind Du Fu’s statue
in the town where he lived
was put there with ill will.
On the contrary,
I think it is well-intentioned.
It is a performance,
they want to contrast and emphasize
Du Fu’s great sorrow
for the land and the people
that classic expresssion
it shows very well

2016
Tr. MW, April 2016

《作品》

我不认为
立在杜甫故里
其塑像身后
不远处小山上
咕嘟咕嘟
冒黑烟的烟囱
是有人恶意而为
相反我以为
他充满好意
是行为艺术作品
他想借此达到的
烘托和强化
杜甫忧国忧民
经典表情的目的
实现得很完美

《在杜甫陵园》

在杜甫的雕像上
我找不见杜甫
在各色名人
以杜甫的诗句
为书写内容
的书法碑刻上
我找不见杜甫
在杜甫的坟前
我找不见杜甫
直至绕他的坟茔
步行一周
中途与一株正吐露
黄花的腊梅相遇
在微雪之中

Ma Fei audience

 

Ma Fei
ICH BIN ERST 45

den ganzen tag
hab ich an sex gedacht
mehr als an geld
überhaupt kein vergleich
wirklich
nicht schlecht

2016

Ma Fei
THIS YEAR I AM JUST 45

This whole day
I thought about sex,
so many times,
so much more
than about money;
I’m very content.

2016
Tr. MW, April 2016

《45岁某夜的一点反思》

一天之中
我想到性
比想到钱
的次数
依然多出
很多
对此
我很满意

SPRING IS A WONDERFUL SEASON – April 15, 2016 in Vienna. #Schutzbefohlene *

四月 15, 2016

Hauptbahnhof

SPRING IS A WONDERFUL SEASON

April 15, 2016 in Vienna. #Schutzbefohlene *
Spring is a wonderful season,
trees spilling their green.
Some are cut, some are planted.
Downstairs across they are planting a park,
used to be train tracks.

Last year we had refugees at the station.

Spring is a wonderful season.

They said it was 90,000 people or so
in all of Austria,
mostly in a few months,
who wanted to stay in this country.
Ten times more went on to Germany.
So many people wanted to help.
Train workers, even police.
Volunteers, often more than enough.
We live in the neighbourhood.
My daughter Maia went down to play with the refugee children.
After a while she knew the volunteers.
It was safe.
The refugees staid down by the station.
Some people from our house took in refugees.

There was discussion to use the shop,
the empty shop downstairs in this new house,
for refugee quarters.
Just for the winter.
That shop has bathrooms and everything.

But then they closed down at the station.
It was in December.
They took them with buses, they said, from the border.
On to Germany.
If you said you wanted Germany, they let you in.
They were building a fence.
So in December, the station was empty.
Maybe Mid-December.
No quarters in our house.
But people still coming in.
Coming up through the Balkans, used to be Yugoslavia.

In early January we played Tarot down in the library.
We have a library in our house.
And we play cards, for a few pennies.
On Friday nights.
We have had readings, and even theatre.
Gudrun and Peter, they built a stage.
Downstairs in the big common room.
We had a night reciting Bob Dylan.
Down you masters of war.

But then in January, there was Cologne.
In Cologne at the train station, on New Year’s Night.
Hundreds of women harassed.
Raped, one or two.
Many foreign men there at the train station.
Not enough police, or police doing nothing.
We should discuss this, one of us said.
We had been playing cards.
What is there to discuss, there ‘s not much in the news.
Maybe social networks did play a role.
I want to discuss this.
These refugees becoming a problem.
What is there to discuss, there’s not much in the news.
These refugees becoming a problem.
A discussion is stupid, without any facts.
So one of us went away in a huff.

Later I was away, I was in China.
In southern China, a poetry trip.
From southern China to Southeast Asia.
Self-organized.
The year before they went to Vietnam.
Wrote some good poetry.
Vietnam wars in the background,
including China attacking Vietnam.
And other stuff, daily life.
Morning routine.

This year I went with them through Southeast Asia.
Poets from all over China. 16 or 17.
One or two guides.
Guides of Chinese extraction.
Thailand, Singapore. And Malaysia.
Then back to Nanning, to southern China.

Poetry meetings, almost every night.
Sometimes more.
One time in the airport.
Plane was delayed, nothing better to do, call a poetry meeting.
Poems written there on the road.

Yi Sha has this dream, before every border.
Dreaming they won’t let him through.
Normally he writes down all his dreams.
Makes for good poetry.
But not this time, he was afraid.
Only when we were safe in Malaysia.

They had a crackdown, in Kuala Lumpur.
There was an attack in Indonesia.
Muslim majority in Malaysia, too.
If the father is Muslim, the child has to be Muslim.
Not Chinese or anything else.
It was not like this before.
At least according to our guide.
They have elections and a Sultan.
Or they call him a King, at least in Chinese.

It’s a beautiful country.
Tribes in the woods.
Our guide lived with a tribe for a week.
For a project at university.
She was very young, has a small child.
She speaks Fukien Chinese.
Mandarin with the tourists, of course.
Liked to talk about sex.
Malaysian men with many wives.
Just a few Muslims, who can afford it.

On February first, I came back to Austria.
Refugees still coming, though not so many.
News had been shifting.
Creating a climate against refugees.
We put a limit on loving our neighbours.
That was a poster.
The foreign minister, he’s very young.
The interior ministress.
She’s not there any more now, she’ll become governess.
Governor of Lower Austria.
And the candidate.
Their candidate for Federal President.

President is just a figurehead here.
Like in Germany.
In Germany, he is elected in parliament.
So he is from the majority party.
He or she.

In Austria, everyone votes for the President.
Everyone should.
Everyone is automatically registered, every citizen.
Nowadays you can vote in advance.
Local district office.
Ballot per mail, or there at the office.
That guy for limits on loving your neighbour won’t make it.
He’s trailing far behind in the polls.
But his policies are federal policy.

They let that happen, the Social Democrats.
They are the majority.
But they let it happen, they are just like the rightists.
News had been shifting.
These refugees becoming a problem.
Some Social Democrats work with the Rightists.
Those other Rightists.
That Freedom Party.
Some Neo-Nazis.
Some Neo-Nazis cling to this party.
Some were just Liberals.
In the 1980s they were for joining the European Community.
Anyway now they are shameless Rightists.
Austria should not be ashamed, they proclaim.
Including old Nazis, including SS.

And Social Democrats think they should work with them.
But they are trailing, the Social Democrats.
Maybe their candidate will fall behind,
though not as far as the one with the limits.
They are far behind, both of them.

Three candidates are in front.
Front-runner is from the Green Party.
They always were for refugees.
And there is a woman.
Not from a party.
A former judge.
Liberal views, for the economy.
Definitely not from the Left.
Those two were leading.
But Freedom Party candidate is closing up.

No, he doesn’t say we are all Germans.
Though he says many things.
Austrians first, don’t be ashamed.
Don’t be ashamed of anything.
Works better than just talk about limits.

So I’ve voted already, ten days in advance.

I’m afraid.
That Freedom guy is worse than Trump.
Similar causes why they are so popular.

Austria is very small.
President is just a figurehead.
But I’m afraid.

Austria becomes Hungary.
Headline in Switzerland, two days ago.
Rightist government, fences.
Italy protesting, not only Greece.
Against Austria, in the EU.

EU has been weak.
Rightist reactions in Eastern Europe.
Rightist rhetoric against refugees.
From Social Democrats, some of them.
EU is weak, was very weak in the Yugoslav wars.

Mid-April sun is shining outside.
Spring is a beautiful season,
trees spilling their green.
Some are cut, some are planted.
Downstairs across they are planting a park.

Martin Winter
April 15, 2016
*Schutzbefohlene means people placed under protection. It is the title of a play by Elfriede Jelinek, the Austrian author who won the Nobel prize for literature in 2004. She wrote the play in 2013. It was performed, by refugees, at University of Vienna on April 14, 2016, when a group of rightists stormed the stage. They sprayed red paint and reportedly injured performers, including children. I wrote the long poem above on Friday morning, April 15. I had not been at the performance and knew nothing about the incident before my text was finished. But I think my text works as background reading, at least.

 

Zilkpark

GLOBAL TIMES – 伊沙 Yi Sha

四月 1, 2016
photo by Malika Saulnier

photo by Malika Saulnier

Yi Sha 伊沙
[no title #272]

boarding the plane
entering the aircraft
there are free newspapers
I see it’s Global Times
hang my head walking on

check-in at the hotel
in the corridor
there are free newspapers
I see it’s Global Times
hang my head walking on

this paper is placed really well
so I keep focused,
I don’t get distracted
I know what I’m doing.

3/30/16
Tr. MW, March 2016

《无题(272)》
伊沙

启程登机时
舷梯上
可以自取报纸
我见是《环球时报》
掉头而去

入住酒店时
走廊口
可以自取报纸
我见是《环球时报》
掉头而去

这报纸
办得真牛逼
让我不过眼目
不走脑子
动作自见

2016.3.30

photo by Malika Saulnier

photo by Malika Saulnier

AUSTRIAN FEDERAL CHANCELLOR CHICKEN: HOCH DIE INTERNATIONALE FEIGHEIT!

三月 15, 2016

CAM01085

BUNDESKANZLER FEIGMANN

feigmann ist ein solidarischer mensch
genau wie die zeitung
genau wie das fernsehen
die herrinnen bundesminister
hoch die internationale feigheit
wir haben die balkan-route verstopft
jetzt stopfen wir die italien-route
wir sind ja mittendrin
wir sind österreich-ungarn

MW März 2016

AUSTRIAN FEDERAL CHANCELLOR CHICKEN

chancellor chicken is all solidarity
he loves the papers
he loves the tv
he loves his fellow interior ministers
hail international cowardice!
we have blocked the balkan route
now let us seal the italian corridor
let us block ourselves all over europe
first and foremost 
austro-hungary!

MW March 2016

CRAP

三月 9, 2016
Callgraphy by Chen Shih-hsian

Callgraphy by Chen Shih-hsian

CRAP

today’s headline is shit
today’s topics are shit
main points are all shit

today’s headline is crap
today’s topics are crap
main points are all crap

crap is much better than shit
crap is in every dictionary
crap is a very clean word

MW March 2016

MIST

三月 8, 2016
Callgraphy by Chen Shih-hsian

Callgraphy by Chen Shih-hsian

MIST

die heutige schlagzeile ist oasch
das heutige thema ist oasch
die heutigen schwerpunkte sind oasch

die heutige schlagzeile ist mist
die heutigen themen sind mist
die heutigen schwerpunkte sind mist

mist ist viel besser als oasch
mist steht im wörterbuch
mist ist ein sauberes wort

MW März 2016

FASTENZEIT

二月 15, 2016

Yi Sha promotes Xu Jiang

FASTENZEIT

ein bisschen fasten
wär wirklich schön
40 tage keine kronenzeitung
40 tage null mikl-leitner
40 kurze tage kein kurz
40 tage keine begrenzten
keine nächstenliebebeschränker
keine rachenverbreiter
dann immer drei tage weiter
keine auferstehung!

MW Februar 2016

MEIN TRAFIKANT – 伊沙

九月 18, 2015

Yi Sha Fussballer selbst

Yi Sha 《卖报翁》
MEIN TRAFIKANT

mein trafikant hat seinen stand
wo etwas los ist in dieser stadt
die nächste trafik von meiner wohnung
dort sitzt er und hat scheinbar gar nichts zu tun
ich hab meinen unverrückbaren stundenplan
am vormittag schreiben, dann kommt der mittagschlaf
nachher ein spaziergang
dann komm ich bei seiner trafik vorbei
und kauf eine “sportwoche”
jetzt in der zeit der weltmeisterschaft
war die sportwoche ausverkauft
schon mehrere male. ich muss mich beschweren:
“großväterchen, könnten sie nicht ein paar mehr bestellen?”
“ein paar mehr sportwochen?”
“ein paar mehr sportwochen bleiben mir liegen!
am end’ zahl ich drauf!”
was soll ich da machen als fussballfan?
ich hab eine idee:
“großväterchen, schauen sie die wm?
sie schauen die wm am abend davor
sagen wir deutschland verliert oder spanien
vielleicht gegen österreich oder albanien
dann geht die zeitung doch wie warme semmeln?”
“na, das stimmt. da war schon am vormittag alles weg.
aber sie können leicht reden.
woher nehm ich die zeit?
untertags hock ich hier drinnen
den ganzen tag und krieg noch den hitzschlag
am abend pack ich zusammen
bis ich daheim bin
daheim ess ich mit meiner alten
waschen ins bett gehen
schlafen wie ein toter hund
wie soll ich die wm schauen!”

2010
Übersetzt von MW im Sept. 2015

《卖报翁》

卖报翁,租亭卖报闹市中
就在距我家最近的那座报亭
身为一名貌似闲人的“坐家”
我有我雷打不动的作息时间表
上午写作、中午午觉
待到下午出门散步时
才会光顾他的报亭
购买一张《体坛周报》
值此世界杯期间
我是屡屡买不着
次数多了我便向其抱怨:
“大爷,您老就不能多进几张么?”
“多进?”他回答道:
“多进几张可就卖不掉喽!
亏得还不是我!”
我球迷的一根筋被触碰了
自以为聪明的给他支招:
“大爷,您看不看球?
您要是看球就好判断了
头一晚若有冷门大爆
第二天您就多进几张
西班牙和德国输了球
报纸是不是就好卖些?”
“那倒是。那两天中午不到
报纸就卖光了……可是
你这是站着说话不腰疼
我哪儿有闲心看球啊?
白天呆在这个蒸笼里
守上整整一天
热得快要中暑
晚上收摊回到家
吃了老伴做的饭
洗洗就睡了
睡得跟死狗似的
还看什么世界杯!”
(2010)

Qinghai Lake Festival Homepage

WHAT COULD ALSO BE SAID – for Günther Grass

四月 18, 2015

DuBois

WHAT COULD ALSO BE SAID
for Günther Grass

why do they print, why do they distribute
what grass has said, weapons for israel
what will they do with german submarines
built for nuclear missiles?

many who grew up beneath those missiles
with fathers who knew or didn’t know
where their fathers went or what they did,

many who grew up under the weapons
they might understand those who are afraid.

grass didn’t say who should bomb whom.

he asked for observation of weapons
and nuclear reactors at the same time.

what are poems for? what is easter for?
what should have been done in 2012?

MW April 2015

NEUE GEDICHTE

三月 31, 2015

Wo

SCHILD

im antiseptischen
flughafen: eine frau
hält ein schild: “papa”

MW 2015-03-12

标牌

维也纳
等中国来的飞机
消毒的机场
年轻的中国妇女
举牌
”PAPA“

2015-03

ICH IN CHINA

OMI IST IN DER BUTTERMILCH

Wir sitzen im Zug
Zurück nach Wien
Am Stuhleck sieht man den Lift
Am Semmering liegt auch noch Schnee
3 Dichter im Zug
2 Dichter aus China im Zug nach Wien
Von Graz nach Wien
Ein Frühlingstag
Von Graz nach Bruck
Entlang der Mur
Frisches Brot
Mit Buttermilch
Du bist in der Buttermilch
Meine Kindheit
Ist in der Buttermilch
Deine Wohnung
Ist in der Buttermilch
Leben
Ist in der Buttermilch

18. März 2015

Lichtungen in China - mit Maroni

SCHÖN

die sonne ist heute wirklich recht schön
ich kann mir noch aussuchen was ich heut tu
schreib ich halt ein gedicht
ich hab gerade ruth klüger gelesen
sie erzählt von wien
auch in der sprache
ich sitz in der wohnung
warum räum ich nicht auf
wenn ich schon nicht arbeite
sollt ein bisschen schlafen
gedichte ordnen
abschicken
ruth klüger hat zwanghaft gedichte gelernt
von uhland und schiller
als jüdisches kind
die sonne ist heute wirklich recht schön
sobald der regen weg ist
ich seh zum ersten mal einen baum
hör die möwen
oder die krähen
ich ich ich
warum schreibt man ein gedicht?
man erholt sich halt wie man kann

2015-03

Zwei Gedichte von Yi Sha, von der Diskussion am 20. März an der Sinologie, Uni Wien

NUR DIE HANDYS SIND NOCH IN BEWEGUNG – 苏不归 Su Bugui

一月 21, 2015

Su Bugui Neujahr 2015

Su Bugui
NUR DIE HANDYS SIND NOCH IN BEWEGUNG

Am Neujahrsmorgen
mach ich die Augen auf
und hör die Nachrichten.
35 Menschen am Bund getötet
im Gedränge um Mitternacht.

Im Schreck
weck ich gleich die Frau an meiner Seite,
sag ihr was passiert ist.
Was mich wirklich traurig macht
ist der Live-Bericht nachher:

In der Halle der Notaufnahme
liegt groß und klein.
Sie haben eines gemeinsam,
sie atmen nicht mehr.
Bei vielen sind Handys in ihren Taschen noch in Bewegung.
Man sieht, sie empfangen
Neujahrsgrüße.

2015-01-06
Übersetzt von MW im Jänner 2015

WANBAO! 晚报!WANBAO! 晚报!

十一月 12, 2014

WANBAOlate news, late news! morning has early news, evening has late reports, not that nothing is reported, all will come around in time …

THANKS TO YI SHA AND EVERYONE AROUND VERMONT STUDIO CENTER IN OCTOBER 2014!

LATE NEWS

LATE NEWS,LATE NEWS!

morning has its morning papers

early news has early returns

late news may have

its late revenge

MW 1998-2015

Here is a link to our reading at Vermont Studio Center on SoundCloud. 伊沙、维马丁在美国佛蒙特创作中心朗诵的录音

HALFWAY INTO MAKING LOVE – 祁国

六月 25, 2014

Qi Guo make love halfway

Qi Guo
HALFWAY INTO MAKING LOVE

suddenly too lazy to move
lying on top, reading a newspaper

nothing interesting in there either
just want to find a few spelling mistakes

Tr. MW, June 2014

BRONZE STATUES ARE BUSY – Hung Hung

五月 22, 2014

bronze statue

Hung Hung
MARTIAL LAW ERA – AFTER HEARING THAT SUN YAT-SEN’S STATUE AT THNG TEK-CHIONG PARK IN TAINAN HAD BEEN TORN DOWN

all those bronze statues
are busy at night
patrolling the streets
lest people get drunk and say the wrong thing or kiss in the alleys
or play mahjong at home
statues will check at the newspaper press
is there a piece on the chief like last year?
is there a space for respect at the top?
has someone scribbled in the blank spot?

bronze statues are busy
they are scared of too many things
scared stamps could bear other portraits
scared streets and squares, schools, libraries
would all change their names
no more school kids saluting
no more chatting with sparrows
scared that one day
there’d be a rope
to pull them down

“mama, why is the statue green in the face?”
“no finger-pointing, your fingers fall off!”
“mama, the statue hides for a smoke at the fire brigade!”
“he just takes a break, he got burned in the sun every day.”

those statues have long forgotten the killings
of another generation
forgotten how they are still being used
they only remember the heat of the forge
it was hard to bear
and once you cool down, then come the years
standing empty and cold

Written on the eve of Febr. 28th, 2014,
67 years after the Febr. 28th, 1947 massacre.
Tr. MW, May 2014

鴻鴻
戒嚴年代–聞湯德章公園孫文銅像被拆

那些銅像
深夜很忙
要滿街巡邏
有沒人酒醉講錯話或在暗巷接吻
還是哪一家在打麻將
要去報紙印刷廠
檢查去年的文告有沒登在
今年的頭條
頂上有沒空一格
空的一格有沒被塗鴉

銅像很忙
因為他們害怕的事太多
害怕郵票換成別的頭像
害怕街道、廣場、學校、圖書館
換上別的名字
害怕小學生經過不再敬禮
雀鳥不再來閒聊
害怕有一天
被繩子一拉
就倒

「媽媽,為什麼銅像的臉是綠的?」
「不要亂指,手指會爛掉!」
「為什麼銅像躲在消防隊抽菸?」
「他每天曬太陽好可憐,要休息一下。」

銅像早忘了前世的殺戮
也忘了今世如何被利用再三
只記得鍛燒的烈火
多麼煎熬難忍
而冷卻後的歲月
又是多麼荒涼

2014.228前夕

I was very astonished when I first saw the picture. It does look like violence, the statue is smeared red. The poem is a revelation. Why would people have something against Sun Yat-sen? Nice guy, compared to what came later. Late retribution, for the killing of Thng Tek-Chiong, governor of Tainan in 1947, one of the first dead in the February 28 massacre? Sun Yat-sen is rather far from home in Tainan, far from his home base. I remember that small park near the train station in Taipei, where Sun Yat-sen lived when he visited Taiwan, it was a Japanese hotel back then. Small garden, very peaceful. A little forlorn and frail among the hustle and bustle around Taipei train station. Why would anyone be angry at a statue of Sun Yat-sen? In 2011 and early 2012, there were many conferences around the world in memory of the 1911 辛亥革命. People talked about many interesting things, but something like this? Without this poem, I would never have thought people would think that way about these statues. Not that much. So many killings back then, so much White Terror in decades, and no retribution. And the KMT still in power. There is repressed violence in people’s hearts, and everybody can count there lucky stars if they take it out only on statues.

Taiwan is a very peaceful and safe place, all in all. One-party dictatorship does create a sense of security for some, at least in retrospect. The world gets more complicated in those new-fangled pluralist societies. So there are people who blame the subway knife attack of a deranged student on May 21 on the student-led protests in March and early April this year. In Austria, the shameless tabloid that is much bigger than Murdoch and Berlusconi in their countries, still says things like all demonstrations and protest are leftist, and cost a lot of public money. When there are anti-foreigner rightists marching in Vienna, and the police need to protect them, it is not their fault, right? And if they want to have a ball in the emperor’s palace and parade on the square where Hitler proclaimed the Anschluss in 1938, it is their right and they should be protected, and if the whole city center is full of police barricades, it is the fault of those leftists. 

It’s the other way around! In a more open society, there is much less repressed violence. Look at the recent bloody clashes and attacks in many cities in China. That won’t get less, probably. Taiwan people should be very proud of that big, peaceful demonstration on March 30. Their country has become a much better place through the changes of the last 25 years. The KMT could and should be proud of that, too. But they are the 中國國民黨, so they have to think about stability in a much bigger way, don’t they?

Ai Weiwei in Canada, … almost

八月 12, 2013

The Globe and Mail article quoted by Paul Manfredi is well informed and sympathetic. But it doesn’t spell out any concrete reasons for Ai Weiwei’s singular status. Ai Weiwei’s status, even after his imprisonment, is that of a “princeling”. It seems to be easier to get rid of Bo Xilai. Bo’s father was one of the “eight immortals” of the Communist Party. Ai Weiwei’s father Ai Qing was a persecuted Communist writer, persecuted under Communist rule since the 1940s. Persecuted before, that’s where he got his name. Most of his colleagues denounced each other. Among famous writers, few seem to have been as obstinate as Ai Qing. He was banished to an army town in Xinjiang, a huge city today. There he cleaned toilets, together with little Weiwei. But after Deng Xiaoping came to power in 1978, Ai Qing became an icon. Unlike Bo Xilai and his henchmen, Ai Weiwei did not build labor camps and organ-harvested Falungong-followers. Before he was arrested, Global Times had published many sympathetic articles about his civil rights activism. And even after his abduction and imprisonment at an unknown location, Ai Weiwei gets to keep his comparatively huge house and grounds and most of his fortune. If he was persecuted too much, the main reason for Ai Weiwei’s status would come out too clearly: It would be awkward to discuss his father’s fate in detail. Cultural policy since the 1940s is no secret to anybody in and around the arts in China. But still. Maybe it would come out too clearly how control over art and literature and everything connected to culture was deemed even more important than in other Socialist countries. How idealism had been betrayed again and again, most effectively with broad domestic and international participation in economic growth after 1989. Ai Weiwei is very different from his father Ai Qing in many aspects, as well from his older brother Ai Xuan, who is also a well-known artist in China. But like his father, Ai Weiwei remains an icon of idealism. It would be awkward and politically dangerous to challenge such icons too much and thus revive ideals in a big way.

The Globe and Mail article quoted by Paul Manfredi gives convincing evidence of Ai Weiwei’s civil disobedience and civil rights engagement. Another good recent piece on Ai Weiwei, his imprisonment in 2011 and comparable phenomena elsewhere around the world is a TED-talk by An Xiao Mina.

Ai Weiwei wrote an indignant indictment of the US behaviour in the Snowden case in The Guardian back in June. That was before the plane carrying Bolivia’s president was refused airspace by France, Spain and Italy on US orders on July 3.

China Avantgarde

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I have just discovered, courtesy of the Real Clear Arts, that Ai Weiwei will take questions from attendees of his Ontario exhibition “According to What?” in online chat format.

This exhibition began in 2009 in Mori, Japan. It was reprised this year, starting at the Hirshhorn museum, moving to Indianapolis, stopping now in Ontario en route to Miami and finally Brooklyn.

One wonders how the curators plan to approach this chat experience. Will they be moderating, perhaps even reviewing questions in advance? If so, will they be editing out overtly political content? If not, could this turn into a no-holds-barred discussion of Chinese authoritarianism, political corruption, and all other manner of potentially seditious talk? Obviously, Ai may choose not to answer if he feels line of questioning veering into unsafe territory. But from what we’ve seen of Ai already, self preservation is not the highest…

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Three pictures, one Chinese Dream

三月 20, 2013

Ask not what Quan Ju De Peking Duck restaurants can do for you, ask what you can do for Quan Ju De Peking Duck restaurants!
Quan Ju De
“Dear reporters, after today’s press conference, you will believe in God.”
Life of Pig

Bloggers, and the Government, Respond to Pig Crisis

Father likes to take a nap…

From New Century Poetry Canon, compiled by Yi Sha 伊沙
Take a nap

Xing Mie

father likes to take a nap

father was born in 1949.
he always liked to fall asleep.
especially now
he dozes off all the time.
it’s like he never wakes up.
actually, mother says
when father was young,
he was very active at the unit.
went there early, came back late.
then, after 10 years of confusion
he never woke up again.
even when he sleeps
his eyes are half open.
2012-05-07
Tr. MW, March 2013

And here are two more pictures. Waiting for a miracle, doing crazy things in the meantime. Like going shopping.

Photo by Kai Strittmatter

Photo by Kai Strittmatter

Photo by Kai Strittmatter

Photo by Kai Strittmatter

Or taking to the streets. Last autumn, all through the first chairmen transition period, China was full of demonstrations and looting because of an island dispute. One Politbureau contender had stumbled over his wife and his police chief. Populist mobilizer for Maoist songs. Then they came up with the Chinese Dream. Same ducks, same colors.

Anti-JapanBoycott sushi! Defend Quan Ju De Peking Duck Restaurant!

NOT

一月 7, 2013

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My favourite comments on Mo Yan in the last few months are in the article by Liu Jianmei (刘剑梅), published in FT Chinese on Dec. 11 and posted on the MCLC list on Dec. 19. The title asks something like ‘Does literature still work like a shining light?’ Maybe my translation is not too bright. Should literature be a shining lantern? That’s one of the questions in Liu’s article. Literature and art were thought of as relevant to society and the nation in the 1980s. Liu talks about different approaches and relationships of life and art. Mo Yan deserves careful reading, just like Yan Lianke and Lu Xun. Nothing more or less. Liu uses “Save the cildren”, the last line from Lu Xun’s Diary of a Madman, for a close look into Mo‘s works as well as Yan Lianke’s latest novel Four Books (not published in Mainland China). The main characters of Republic Of Wine and Frogs are unable to save the children, like Lu Xun’s narrator. Republic of Wine features cannibalism and a riotous carnival of language. It’s my favorite among Mo Yan’s novels, along with The Garlic Ballads.

What is art? What is it for? A little more than 100 years ago now, the Dadaists (in voluntary exile in Switzerland and other places) concocted a virtual antidote to the First World War. Words, ordinary and exalted speech, had lost any meaning in the collective carnage. Not much later, Hu Shi, Zhou Zuoren, Lu Xun etc. attempted to change the Chinese language, in written form and on stage. Yomi Braester shows in Witness Against History how Lu Xun’s most famous passages retain ambiguities that belie any straight nationalist reading, even if the author himself would have read them that way. I like the crazed language of the Madman. Republic of Wine, more experimental than any other works by Mo (to my knowledge), goes into that direction. In Bei Dao’s Rose of Time (Shijian de meigui), a collection of essays that appeared in Shouhuo (Harvest) magazine in the early 2000s, when Bei slowly became acceptable in China again, he writes about Pasternak and Mandelstam. In his youth, Pasternak praised Stalin. Later he tried to extricate other writers from the Gulag, with mixed success. Mandelstam believed in Communism all the way to his death in a labor camp. Bei Dao doesn’t say that. But the chapter on Pasternak invokes Russian Formalism and Structuralism that grew out of the abortive 1905 revolution. Art makes reality appear strange and different, enabling the spectator to perceive it more clearly. And the flag of art is always different from the flag on the citadel.

Republic of Wine is wilder than the real Mo Yan on the Nobel stage. When the real Mo (sounds funny, doesn’t it? The real NO, or the real NOT, like NOT A WORD), when the real Mo Yan talked about his mother, I was moved. It sounded like my grandmother in rural Austria around 1920. Sometimes she couldn’t go to school in winter because she had no shoes. But Mo Yan also said his mother was afraid he would “leave the collective” with his storytelling. Qunti 群体, the masses, the collective, could that be called an example of Mao wenti or Mao-ti, Mao-Speak in this usage? Actually not, qunti 群體 is an older word, could have been used by Li Dazho and other founders of the Chinese Communist Party, before Mao, Prof. Weigelin told me recently here in Vienna. She was right, I encountered qunti in another text I liked very much, was it by Yu Hua? Anyway, I was rather baffled when Perry Link related how a mother would tell her child on the bus to “jianchi 堅持”, to hold it until the driver could stop and let the child out to go to take a leak. Would “jianchi” really sound strange outside of Mainland China? But the discussions about Mao-style are still relevant – Mo Yan is an establishment figure nowadays, and generates critique of China’s established system in general.
I was a little surprised when Chinese critics of Mo Yan talked about the carnivalesque language in his novels. As if you had to be careful not to lose yourself in there. I did think of Mikhail Bakhtin and his concept of carnival in Dostoyevsky’s novels when I read Republic of Wine. But as far as I remember, Bakhtin had defended language and storytelling that would sound strange and crazy, as opposed to Socialist Realism. So when was Mo Yan’s writing first associated with carnival? Maybe in the 1980s? And how did this association evolve?
A few days after the recent massacre in a primary school in Connecticut, Ross Douthat in the New York Times talked about Dostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov. Although Dostoyevsky was a Christian, Douthat says, the senseless cruelty against children in the novel is just cruelly senseless, there is no “rhetorical justification of God’s goodness”. You have to look at the behaviour of characters who show “Christian love” to find any counterpoint. Below this op-ed, there are 121 reader’s comments, all within one day. Many say they want to talk about guns, not literature.
What is literature for? Why is there a Nobel for literature, but not for music or fine art? Or films? Nobels make for debate. Very much debate, in this case. Great.

LILI’S STORY 麗麗傳

十月 9, 2012

Lili

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.
But
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
Actually
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

2012-10-06

Tr. MW Oct. 2012

Source material

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赵思运//丽丽传/我叫吴丽丽/9岁/出生在临沂市平邑县铜石镇北诸冯村/我很小的时候/爸爸妈妈就离婚了/我一直跟着妈妈姥姥过/现在南阜完小学读三年级/我喜欢英语/考了80分/数学老师对我好/品德老师对我好/但是/我已经4个多月没有上学了//今年5月30日/在上班主任的语文课时/副校长姜锋/把我叫到了音乐教室/校长王加生也在/他们喂我吃糖丸/脱了我的裤子/王加生把他的鸡鸡放到我的窝窝里/王加生出来后/姜锋又进去的/他们跟我说/到家不能告诉俺妈/要不就不让我在这上学了/把我跟俺妈都弄死/这话说过好多次了/(后来我被他们弄得昏迷了/听到喊叫声/班主任沈永祥老师跑过来/给我穿上裤子/然后有人把我扛起来/塞到王加生的车里/送到大门右侧的诊所/这些都是我同学小文后来在纸上写的/她说/班上还有其他小孩看到了)/那天/我原本应该在十二点回家的/一直到下午一点半还未到家/我东斜西歪地回到家门口时/姥姥在路口已经等了很久很久了/回到家我就想吐/不想吃饭/妈妈没有在家/她正在县城医院陪护亲人/直到晚上才回家/我脸和手脚都发白/当晚/学校有位好心的老师曾打电话给妈妈/告诉她我被王加生和姜锋强奸了/本来我很喜欢上学/现在我不敢去学校了/一提上学我就哇哇大哭/害怕/在家休息了一个月/7月2日,妈妈带着我/去平邑县人民医院做了检查/病历诊断是这样写的/主诉:/阴道少量流血,伴分泌物多一个月/现病史:/自述近一个月来,外阴疼,少量见红,分泌物多,觉别人用生殖器强进/体检:/外阴发育正常/阴道处女膜口大松弛/见3点、8点出有陈旧性裂口/其他不……(此处字迹看不清楚)/初步诊断:/处女膜外口破裂松弛/其实/从去年冬天/我下身就出血/有一次晚上回家后/腿上有血/我自己拿纸擦了擦/妈妈也给我擦过/去年冬天/王加生和姜锋/就有几次把鸡鸡放进我的窝窝里/放学的时候/我头晕恶心身子发热/妈妈那时什么都不知道/就带我到诊所开点感冒药/上个冬天/我一直都在打针吃药/妈妈报案了/刑警大队的民警叔叔/几次到过小文家里询问/小文的家人就到我家吵闹/说小文吓得/都快不敢去上学了/小文就说那证词是我妈妈教唆的/那天晚上电话提醒我妈妈的老师/也不承认了/诊所的医生第一次说我是昏迷中去的/后来说是校长跟两个同学陪我去打针看病的/省里的记者到俺村头了/问了6个回家的学生/有5个说不知道/另一个女孩/从头至尾一句话也不说/班主任老师说/她接受了我妈妈的贿赂/说我妈妈让她作伪证/她说我一天都在正常上课/她没有给我穿裤子/一个多月之后/我又到平邑县人民医院做检查/这两次的检查结果是一样的/2012年9月19日/王加生在网上发布声明/说这事纯属污蔑/姜锋也发了声明/说这事是诬告、陷害/是为了达到不可告人的目的/平邑警方/说是条件不足/没有立案/2012年10月6日
素材源自人民网 http://edu.people.com.cn/n/2012/0930/c1006-19159472-1.html

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WAS GESAGT WERDEN KÖNNTE

四月 10, 2012

was gesagt werden koennte

warum drucken sie, verbreiten sie alle,
was legitim ist und waffenverkaeufen
begegnet, die fragwuerdig sind?
nichts anderes tut grass. mit einem gedicht

gegen die tatsache, dass deutschland
u-boote an israel liefert,
die fuer atomraketen gebaut sind.
sollte deutschland das tun?

viele, die aufwuchsen
unter raketen
mit vaetern,
als kinder gebrannt
von verbrechen bekannter
und oder verschollener vaeter;

manche, die aufwachsen unter raketen
die immer noch da sind
verstehen wahrscheinlich
dass jemand angst hat.

ob israel anlagen im iran
aus denen atomwaffen kommen koennten
bombardieren sollte
hat grass nicht gesagt.

er wollte kontrolle
iranischer atomanlagen,
israelischer bomben.
das ist legitim.

koennen gedichte
so etwas bewirken?
aufmerksamkeit
ist jedenfalls da.

MW Ostermontag, 9. April 2012

“Was gesagt werden muss” von Günter Grass hat mich inspiriert, es war in der Zeitung, zu Ostern, am Ostersonntag in Österreich, ein bisschen später als in Deutschland. Ich habe die Silben gezählt, die meisten Zeilen haben ungefähr zehn. Ich höre immer auf einen Rhythmus.

Das interessanteste an dem Gedicht von Grass- Wolf Biermann nennt es “Gedacht”– ist natürlich die Diskussion, die wochenlange Verbreitung und Diskussion durch so viele Medien, Foren etc. Maybe you know the poem by Leon de Winter, a rather violent reaction. And the interview with Marcel Reich-Ranicki in the Frankfurt FAZ, very interesting.

Mich erinnert dieser Text von Grass an die Friedensbewegung, also an die 80er Jahre, ungefähr 1984, da war ich 18. Da hab ich an meiner ersten Demo teilgenommen, mit meiner Russischlehrerin. Vielleicht war es zu Ostern, es gab die Ostermärsche der Friedensbewegung, gegen die neuerliche Aufrüstung mit Atomraketen. Auf der Seite der Rechten, also nicht nur bei den Republikanern in Amerika, sondern auch bei den Leuten, die in Deutschland, Frankreich etc. an der Macht sind- hoffentlich ändert sich das bald, hoppauf, Holland! – auf der Seite der Rechten hatte Reagan recht, der habe mit diesen Pershing-Raketen (Petting statt Pershing, ein Slogan von damals) Gorbatschow besiegt. In Wirklichkeit war Gorbatschow der Gute, und Reagan der Böse. Relativ halt. Russisch war ein Wahlpflichtfach in meiner Mittelschule. Realgymnasium, Schwerpunkt Mathematik. Leider. Latein wär besser gewesen, weiss man nachher. Russisch war gut. Aus Ungarn, die Lehrerin. Frau Professor Elisabeth Waldmann, unterrichtet noch dort, soviel ich weiss. Deutsch, hauptsächlich. Hatte sie studiert, in Ungarn. Unlängst war ein Interview im Radio, mit György Dalos, Romancier und Gorbatschow-Biograph. Dass die Auflösung des Warschauer Pakts und die Desintegration der Sowjetunion relativ unblutig waren – im Vergleich zu den Jugoslawienkriegen der 90er Jahre- , dafür müsse man Gorbatschow danken. Klang recht schlüssig. Dalos war damals sehr aktiv, als Oppositioneller in Ungarn in den 80er Jahren, mit vielen Kontakten in die DDR. Und jetzt kann er wahrscheinlich recht gut einschätzen, wieviel schöner es für Ungarn wäre, jemanden wie den jetzigen BRD-Präsidenten Gauck an der Spitze zu haben, als jemanden, der seine Doktorarbeit abgeschrieben hat und auch deshalb als schwaches Aushängeschild der rechtspopulistischen Regierung angesehen wird.

Grass regt zum Nachdenken an. Und zwar sehr viele. Das ist schon nicht wenig. Er hat halt Angst vor Atomraketen und vermisst die Ostermärsche der Friedensbewegung. Glaubt er, dass Israel den Weltfrieden bedroht? Klingt absurd, wahrscheinlich auch für ihn. Atomraketen sind böse, generell. Raketen überall, ausser auf dem Mond, vielleicht. Aber, aber ….
Nix aber. Grass hat halt Angst. Und erinnert (sich) an die 80er Jahre. Pessach und Ostern und Frieden sind halt verknüpft. Das ist nicht seine Schuld. Ausser, dass er halt im Krieg war, als Deutscher. Auf der falschen Seite, das sagt er eh. Aber er hat halt was Arges verschwiegen, und war derweil sehr viel politisch aktiv.

Und mir ist halt die Sprache wichtig, deshalb derweil. Wie bei Robert Schindel. Ciao derweil.

龍年快樂!

一月 24, 2012

Photo by Ronnie Niedermeyer

祝大家2012龍年一切順利,願比2000年更好!
這幾天記得2000年,那時候我們第一年一直住在北京,住靜安裡,挨著左家莊。2000年天氣特別壞,到六月份才下雨。元旦電視上記得那时候的主席帶火把跑上世紀壇台階。也許有點像去年在台灣慶祝辛亥革命100年的奢侈。台灣聽說費用非常大,很多人大概不覺得記住1911年的一些象徵值得花他們交稅的錢。
那時候在北京很多民房可以看到支持那時候流行的氣功教會、詛咒那时候的主席和执政黨的塗鴉。不只是小區裡牆上樓梯裡等等,也有三環的地下通道等地方。那時候北京還禁止放炮,但越來越多人不管,包括警察。給他們這樣一點的自由就是很好的活門。2000 war auch ein Drachenjahr. In Beijing hat es im Juni zum ersten Mal richtig geregnet, die Sandstürme waren dementsprechend. Jiang Zemin lief am Neujahrstag mit einer Fackel das brandneue Milleniumsmonument hinauf. An vielen Hauswänden, in Stiegenhäusern, aber auch in Unterführungen unter den größten Straßen gab es Graffiti gegen Jiang und die KP, und für Falungong. Feuerwerk in der Stadt war noch nicht wieder erlaubt, wurde aber immer mehr toleriert. Die Blockfrauen fuhren mit einem VW-Bus durch den Hof und kämpften mit einem Megaphon gegen die Knaller. Sie wurden völlig eingenebelt und kamen kaum durch. Aber vielleicht war das 2002, 2000 wohnten wir noch in einem kleineren Hof.
大陸慶祝2000年的費用比起來也許不算多。共產黨慶祝2000年,因為馬恩主義肯定19世紀的西方發展,西方日曆就是共用的日曆。所有國家和地區都要跟著西方發展,並盡量超過西方。只是把黑格爾的歷史觀變成為無產階級當基本的社會制度。其實物產階級都是基本,每有便宜的工人無論什麼社會都不能發展很快。中國大陸改革開放的經濟模式肯定西方19世紀的一些經驗。因為有很多便宜的工人,經濟上到現在一直發展讓人嫉妒。只是價值上還一直停止在19世紀的西方。馬克思、恩格斯講的造反真的有理,可以說就是實現人類最基本的權利,而且馬克思、恩格斯關心整個世界,比現在德國、奧地利等等地方差不多到了週末都是說我們的社會怎樣那樣,所講的“我們”必定是歐盟最富裕的小組,哪怕說窮人,用“我們”這個詞彙就是奧地利說德語看講究的報紙的“我們”,要不就是歐盟裡有功夫搞理想的青年和有錢的大人,還有那兩種之間的一些讀者。馬克思、恩格斯在一百五十年前已經有很開放的世界觀,比現在很多人都開放。那時候馬克思、恩格斯的價值跟2011年在世界各地講革命、講更換社會制度有很基本的共識。他們那時候知道那時候歐美經濟制度的一些短處和限制。2011年、2012年的思想,至少在大部分媒體所看到、聽到的思想,大部分都肯定西方19世紀的想法。很少有人像馬克思、恩格斯挑戰經濟、社會的體制。中國大陸在天安門有世界人民團結起來的標語,是19世紀理想主義者的回音,包括馬克思、恩格斯等等。從現在看到他們是理想主義者,不像20世紀的革命家主要實現自己利益集團小組的權利,順便也講究思想。思想當實現小組的權利的工具。所以天安門二十多年來國際上都當悲劇的象徵。
中國大陸繼續肯定一些西方19世紀的經濟和價值,肯定不是理想的價值。歐洲媒體都比較自由,都報到去年阿拉伯之春、“我們是99%”等等運動都很興奮。但他們有一些基本的限制。2009年奧地利警察故意射死一個14歲的孩子,另一個孩子重傷。他們在超級市場偷東西,沒有武器。奧地利大部分報刊都站在警察的一邊。最後法官雖然判斷追獵和從後面殺死孩子做得不對,但還是讓的那位射手繼續工作,持續帶槍。在經濟方面,奧地利媒體和社會體制同樣顯得很限制。2012年一月份美國 Standard & Poor (名字直接翻譯就是“標準和貧窮”)財政顧問組織判定歐洲很多國家不是最好的投資對象。像他們那樣的財政顧問集團還有Moody’s、Finch等等,都在美國。他們在2011年一直說歐洲很多國家,包括最大的和最富裕的經濟當投資對象都不如美國。同時在無論什麼地區的媒體,無論美國、歐洲、亞洲等等都沒聽說過美國經濟和財政很健康,比法國等等健康的道理。但歐洲各地還是都繼續跟美國財政顧問組織合作,很缺乏講體制問題的討論。
不願意討論自己社會的體制問題,所以每次因為阿拉伯之春、因為艾未未、劉賢斌,因為2011年12月和2011年一月份中國大陸判重刑的知識分子有或大或小一點的新聞,有的讀者也許一時很興奮,但總編輯每次很快都健忘。反正有經濟問題。MIT DEM KOPF DURCH DIE CHINESISCHE MAUER lautet der Titel der Ausgabe 62. Bitte Beiträge (Prosa, Lyrik, Drama, Essay, Foto, Grafik, Kunst) als Openoffice-Dokument (zur Not MS-DOC, maximal circa 10.000 Zeichen/Text) beziehungsweise *.JPG / *.TIFF per email an wienzeile-redaktion@wienzeile.cc Wir können kein Honorar zahlen, die ausgewählten Autoren erhalten Belegexemplare. Das Copyright bliebt wie immer bei den Autoren. Einsendeschluss ist der 25.3.2012
跟你們說過,維也納文學雜誌 Wienzeile 在2012年春天有中華專輯。我們對中華文化涉及的所有地區的問題都感興趣,包括中國大陸和台灣的異族,等於不是漢人或不是漢語、不倡導國語的文化,也包括本人或家族從中國等地區來的,在世界各地生存的文化,只要在某種方面跟中華文化、歷史等等有關係的。德語題名為 Mit dem Kopf durch die Chinesische Mauer。直接翻譯就是人頭穿長城。低頭撞牆本來不是很健康的做法吧。但這幾年來無論中國大陸的官方或歐洲等地方的限制都沒辦法完全活埋社會的一些討論,包括所謂新媒體,像中國的微博。我們編輯這份雜誌請大家提供自己做的文章和圖案。投稿可以用中文或英語,我們會譯成德語。目前我們不能給稿酬,但每位作者會收到幾分雜誌。
而且請你們提供你們想這分專輯也許能收容的作家和信息的線索,多謝!

維馬丁 敬上

Ai Weiwei and Global Times

十一月 23, 2011




Recent publications

八月 22, 2011

August 28:  South China Morning Post Magazine,Bei Ling 貝嶺 on Ai Weiwei 艾未未

Ai Weiwei SCMP cover

Ai1

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Ai3

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最近在德语报刊发表的翻译 (唐诗、顏峻、艾未未)

August 13: Du Fu,Auf der Yueyang-Pagode


登岳阳楼

杜甫

昔闻洞庭水,今上岳阳楼。

吴楚东南坼,乾坤日夜浮。

亲朋无一字,老病有孤舟。

戎马关山北,凭轩涕泗流。

MW  Übersetzt im August 2008

See also  du, brief etc.

July: Bai Juyi, gras

Neue Zürcher Zeitung Mittwoch, 20. Juli 2011

(赋得古原草送别)
白居易

离离原上草,一岁一枯荣。
野火烧不尽,春风吹又生。
远芳侵古道,晴翠接荒城。
又送王孙去,萋萋满别情。

MW Übersetzt im  September 2008

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the streets around our house in this old part of vienna have grass growing in the pavement between the cobbles. the grass is there, even though the cars drive on it every day. there was a lot of rain lately, so the air is good, you can smell the trees in the park and in the backyards. and there are weeds growing on the sidewalks. my daughter picks up chestnuts and makes them into necklaces and animals, at home and in kindergarten.

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2011年七月德國萊比錫大學中文系雜誌《點墨》發表了顏峻的詩歌

July: Poems by Yan Jun 顏峻, published in Dianmo 12, p.32-33. English versions see Yan Jun’s poetry in translation.

English version see Yan Jun’s poetry in translation

English version see Yan Jun’s poetry in translation

English version see Yan Jun’s poetry in translation

English version see Yan Jun’s poetry in translation

English version see Yan Jun’s poetry in translation

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July: Ai Weiwei 艾未未 Talk to you later 過一會再說 (incl. English version)

This poem by Ai Weiwei appeared in New York in 1987 in the first number of the Chinese-language magazine 一行 One Line/ Our Group [Yi hang/ Yi xing]
See United Daily News, Taiwan 2011.06.07

German Version (Die Zeit, July 7th, 2011)

德国《明镜周刊》披露艾未未被捕八十一天情况

The City: Beijing

Ai Weiwei speaks out – The Daily Beast, August 28, 2011. For context: China Takes Aim at Rural Influx -NY Times

81 Tage Haft – Der Spiegel 32/2011

Ein Besuch bei Ai Weiwei: Der Künstler und sein Blog-Buch (Basler Zeitung Di., 27. Juli 2011)

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

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!

late reports

三月 21, 2008

late reports

evening papers!
late reports
they were shooting in the sky
finally we have some rain in beijing
latest stories from tibet
sound like taiwan ’47
taiwan and tibet in china
they are different views of china
vietnam or mongolia
there are many different views
wanbao, wanbao!
zao you zaobao
wan you wanbao
bushi bu bao
shijian wei dao

MW March 2008


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