Posts Tagged ‘protest’

IRGENDJEMAND

十二月 2, 2016

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IRGENDJEMAND

irgendjemand hat den zettel
mit den öffnungszeiten
der wahlkartenbehörde
runtergenommen
das bezirksamt stellt wahlkarten aus
heute freitag noch
vielleicht bis 2
am sonntag ist wahl
den zettel im lift
tief drinnen im haus
vielleicht wars der wind
wenigstens war er 2 wochen dort

MW Dezember 2016

 

Ich war bei der Demo gegen Abschiebungen am Samstag, dem 26. November 2016. Mit meinen Kindern. Eine solche Demo war nötig, finde ich. Wäre schon lange nötig gewesen. Hätte besser und breiter unterstützt gehört. Ob der Zeitpunkt des ersten Adventsamstags und die Route durch die Mariahilferstraße falsch waren, weiß ich nicht. Wichtiger wäre gewesen, überhaupt eine große Demo zu machen. Überhaupt ein großes Zeichen zu setzen. Ein Lichtermeer vielleicht. Hauptsächlich gefehlt hat eine breite Unterstützung, das Mitmachen vieler verschiedener Organisationen und Personen, die mit Flüchtlingshilfe zu tun haben. Weiß nicht, wer schuld war oder nicht. Jedenfalls war die Stimmung insgesamt nicht so gut wie bei anderen Demos, größeren und kleineren, bei denen es um Ähnliches ging. Leider. Aber wir, die dabei waren, und jene, die trotz allem versucht haben, eine möglichst große Demo zu machen, hatten recht. Ein Zeichen setzen gegen Abschiebungen bestens integrierter Menschen, die schon gut Deutsch können, in die Schule gehen etc. Gegen Abschiebungen von Menschen, die genau dafür qualifiziert wären, die besten Österreicher zu werden, die sich alle nur wünschen können, die guten Willens sind. Wir hatten recht. Jede und jeder hat recht, der oder die darauf hinweist. Christian Kern sollte es tun. Michael Häupl. Alle, die für Alexander Van der Bellen sind. Also auch Vranitzky, Busek und so weiter. Alle, die guten Willens sind. Dann hätten wir einen Cordon Sanitaire, wie in Frankreich. Am Ende hätten wir dann eine deutliche Mehrheit gegen jene, die diesen Staat und dieses Land bedrohen. Viellicht würden das sogar Niessl, Schüssel und Pröll einsehen. Wenn jemand Asyl verdient und bereits in Österreich integriert ist, warum soll er oder sie nach Kroatien? Was genau geschieht mit den Kindern, Jugendlichen, Frauen und Männern, die abgeschoben worden sind? Warum steht das nicht in Dem Standard? Geschweige denn in anderen aktuellen Medien, abgesehen vielleicht von der Wiener Zeitung? Oder habe ich es nur nicht bemerkt? Steht es vielleicht in der Tiroler Tageszeitung, hört es jemand auf Radio Stephansdom? Jedenfalls glaube ich trotz allem, wir hatten recht, zu demonstrieren. Und viele haben versäumt, mehr gemeinsam zu tun. Ich auch, wahrscheinlich.

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HALLOWEEN IN BUDAPEST 卍靈節在布达佩斯

十一月 2, 2016

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HALLOWEEN IN BUDAPEST

Halloween in Budapest
Do you need to call out the ghosts?
Do you need to call out the ghosts?
In Parliament
Brightly lit along the Danube
Do you need to call out the ghosts?
In Vienna
In Budapest
In many cities
Many, many towns
thousands of towns
thousands of thousands
brightly lit along the Danube
Dohany Synagogue
Greatest in Europe
Status Quo Synagogue
By Otto Wagner
On Rumbach Street
Actually many buildings are left
All over Europe
Yes, there are Jews
In Budapest
Yes, there are people
Do we need to call out the ghosts?
Everyone knows
Along the Danube
Behind the Parliament
Greatest in Europe?
It’s very big
Behind the Parliament
Along the Danube
They lined them up
Several places
Along the Danube
Just a few months
Hungarian Fascists
Finally able
1944
Fall ’44
German troops everywhere
Last few months of the war
Until the first month of ’45
Here in this city
Everyone knows
Hungarian Fascists
Established the ghetto
They passed laws against Jews
In Parliament
In 1920
Basically everyone knows
1944
Hundreds of thousands
in a few months
Around 600,000
Killed in Auschwitz
Along the Danube
Behind the Parliament
Several places
Szabadsag ter
On Freedom Square
There’s a new monument
For the victims
It says
German occupation
Doesn’t say that in German
Doesn’t say that in English
Any other language
For the victims
Only these words
Even in Hebrew
Only the victims
Victims of German occupation
Written in Hungarian
Only in Hungarian
Erected in secret
Protests from the beginning
Pebbles, chairs,
a few wires, photos
pebbles with names
and so on
Everyone knows
Over 300 Million
Hungarian money
Erected in secret
Law passed in Parliament
December 31st, 2013
Protests from the beginning
Szabadsag ter
Liberty Square
Halloween in Budapest
Do you need to call out the ghosts?
There are people enough
In Budapest
In many cities
Many, many cities
Towns and cities
All over Europe
Brightly lit along the Danube
Everyone knows
Actually many buildings are left
All over Europe
Halloween in Budapest
Do we need to call out the ghosts?
Everyone knows
Halloween is for kids
We have kids in Vienna
Kids like to dress up
For Halloween
Let them have fun
Nothing wrong
Halloween
My daughter knows
Austrian Fascists
Ghosts are alive
Zombies are real
Wish it was all
Pumpkins for kids
Halloween in Budapest
Greatest town
Along the Danube
Since Roman times
Basically
Everyone knows

MW October 31st, 2016

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ANGST UND SCHRECKEN – TERROR AND FEAR

四月 21, 2016

ANGST UND SCHRECKEN

angst und schrecken
ist eine partei
ihr führer heißt
angst und schrecken
die partei verbreitet
angst und schrecken
das war nicht immer so
aber heute ist die partei
angst und schrecken
manche finden das gut
sie nennen sich
protestwähler

MW April 2016

 

TERROR AND FEAR

strache means
terror and fear
terror and fear
is a party in austria
this party spreads fear
some people like that
they call themselves
protest voters
they know they are spreading fear

MW April 2016

 

RILLE

lander derer berger!
lander amer stromer!
lander derer recker!
lander derer domer!
lander derer hämmerer!
zukunfter reicher!
heimater bister!
grosserer techterer!
volker begnadeter
fürer dasser schlechter!
vieler geliebter
österreicher vieler geliebter österreicher …

MW April 2016

In Gedenken an Ernst Jandl

 

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

FLÜCHTLINGE – 《難民》

二月 9, 2016

FLÜCHTLINGE

wieviele sind es jetzt jeden tag?
ich will informationen
keine politiker
anfang jänner haben noch tausend
oder paar tausend die grenze erreicht
das war damals in kärnten.
die meisten wollen nach deutschland
manche bleiben
deutschland hat in einem halben jahr
eine million aufgenommen
hört man jedenfalls immer.
schweden auch ziemlich viel.
manche wollen nach finnland
zu jemandem von ihrer familie.
jetzt reden fast jeden tag die politiker.
wie soll man begrenzen?
wie sorgt man dafür dass nicht alle bleiben?
wie kann man möglichst einfach zurückschicken?
in welches land ist nicht so wichtig.
fast niemand hat jemals gefragt
warum deutschland und österreich?
was haben deutschland und österreich
denn gemacht im letzten krieg?
und was ist mit ungarn und tschechien und so weiter?
unsere eu hat sie auch aufgenommen
das ist gut für deutschland
für große konzerne
vielleicht gibt es nachteile.
vielleicht sagen manche
die haben unsere wirtschaft geschluckt
sollen die drüben sich darum kümmern.
wieviele sind es jetzt jeden tag?

MW Anfang Februar 2016

《难民》

 

现在每天多少人?
我要具体的数字
不要政客的宣布。
一月初每天至少一千
也许三千到奥地利。
他们多半想继续到德国 。
有的留下。
德国半年裏
收留一百万。
瑞典也收留很多。
有的难民想到达芬兰
因为那边有亲戚。
现在政客们到处说
怎么限制。
怎么不让他留下。
怎么让他回去
无论回去到哪儿。
几乎没有人問
为什么原来是德国
和奥地利。
德国和奥地利
二战时候做什么?
也许有关系。
那么匈牙利, 捷克等等东欧国家
为什么不想让他们进来?
欧盟收留了他们
對德国经济很好
對跨国公司很好
對他们自己也许有短处。
也许有人说
他们吃了我们的经济
让他们管难民。
现在每天多少人?

2016.2.4

 

WIEN, HELDENPLATZ

八月 28, 2015

reading in china

WIEN, HELDENPLATZ

ich war in einer funktion hier
als demonstrant
und als konzertgeher
am tag der befreiung
dürfen die rechten
nicht mehr marschieren
am abend spielen symphoniker
noch nicht so lang
unfertig, verloren
vom heldenplatz sieht man den flakturm.
so endet simon winders danubia
das beste buch über europa
und über österreich
sie wollten ihn kleiden
ein flakturm in italienischem marmor
weiß nicht ob das stimmt. aus dem inneren tor
bevor du hinauskommst, siehst du den turm
wenn du aufblickst, vielleicht auf dem fahrrad. jedenfalls auf der straße.
nicht wenn du auf dem platz bist. war winder auf dem balkon?

er hat leider recht. am turm erkennt man uns.

ebenso hässlich wie mao in peking

hoch auf dem turm hoch über dem platz.

nur viel viel schlimmer.

hässlich ist alles was toleriert wird

oder nur übersehen

obwohl es terror repräsentiert.
der platz ist ok. kinder spielen.
der platz ist verloren. wie tiananmen.
ball der verbindungen. rechte studenten.
gebt ihnen allen ganz schnelle wagen. einsame landstraßen.
die polizei darf alles absperren. die ganze innenstadt.
jedenfalls wo protestiert werden könnte.
einkesseln. jagen. mitnehmen. anklagen.
landfriedensbruch. auch wenn li peng kommt.
kroch hitler aus den ruinen von habsburg?
welche ruinen? besuchszeiten sind
alles ist wunderbar renoviert
das völkerkundemuseum
heißt jetzt irgendwie anders. etwas von welt.
der glanze heldenplatz zirka.

MW August 2015

Picture by Thomas Wong

Picture by Thomas Wong

I HAVE DIED BEFORE – REMEMBER LIN KUAN-HUA 鴻鴻

八月 1, 2015

Hung Hung Lin Kuan-hua poem picture

Hung Hung
I HAVE DIED BEFORE – REMEMBER LIN KUAN-HUA!

I have died before
when I was five I stretched my head out of a speeding train
the train from the other direction rushed on
I pulled back in that moment
and hit my dad who woke up and grumbled
didn’t know his son had died in that second

I have died before
gave up everything for my lover
she gave up on me
on a tall bridge at night
I saw myself sinking
without a trace

I have died before
burning myself, crashing against the government palace
assassinating them in my head
again and again
death attracts me so much
the biggest fear can overcome any injustice

but I am still alive
half awake, half asleep
until another young life
goes out in my face
maybe this is me
one thousand unwilling Is
they make a choice
no choice in that moment
the moment you don’t pull back
has decided
he lives in another world
we have to die here

come on, you can do it
come up from the water, take a good breath
before we die once again
we are going to swim further on

July 31, 2015
Tr. MW, 8/1/15

 

鴻鴻

《我曾經死過──紀念林冠華》

 

我曾經死過
5歲時從疾馳的火車往外探頭
當對向來車轟然切過
的同一瞬間我猛地縮回
被撞醒的爸爸呢喃抱怨
他不知道兒子在那一刻已死過一次

我曾經死過
當放棄一切去追求的戀人
忽然將我放棄
在深夜的大橋上
我看見自己沉入水中
了無痕跡

我曾經死過
以自焚、以衝撞官府
以密謀刺殺未遂的方式
一次又一次
死亡那麼吸引我
用最大的恐懼輕易戰勝世間所有的不義

但至今我仍活著
仍半睡半醒著
直到另一個年輕的生命
在面前消逝
也許那就是我
一千個不甘願的我
在沒有選擇的時刻
所做的選擇
在沒有縮身回來的那一瞬間
決定了
他活在彼岸
而我們死在當下

加把勁
衝出水面吸一口氣
我們還能在再死一次之前
游得更遠

2015.7.31

 

Hung Hung
ICH BIN SCHON FRÜHER GESTORBEN
– LIN KUANHUA GEWIDMET

Ich bin schon früher gestorben
streck mit fünf meinen Kopf aus dem Schnellzug
als der Zug aus der anderen Richtung heranrast
in dem Augenblick zieh ich den Kopf zurück
stoß an meinen schlafenden Vater der brummt und schimpft
er weiß nicht dass sein Sohn in dem Moment schon gestorben war

Ich bin schon früher gestorben
geb alles auf für meine Geliebte
dann gibt sie mich auf
in der Nacht hoch auf der Brücke
seh ich mich sinken
und nie wieder auftauchen ‧

Ich bin schon früher gestorben
Selbstverbrennung, knallen in den Palast
Morde planen, zumindest im Kopf
immer wieder
der Tod zieht mich an
mit der größten Angst besiegt man leicht
alle Ungerechtigkeit auf der Welt ‧

aber ich bin noch am Leben
noch halb wach halb im Schlaf
bis ein weiteres junges Leben
vor mir erlischt
vielleicht bin das ich
eintausend unwillige Ichs
treffen die Wahl
es gibt keine Wahl in diesem Moment
in diesem Moment in dem du nicht zurückziehst
ist es entschieden
er lebt in einer anderen Welt
wir müssen hier sterben

komm schon, du kannst es
komm hoch aus dem Wasser, hol tief Luft
wir schwimmen weiter
bevor wir noch sterben

Geschrieben am 31. Juli 2015, nach dem Suizid von Lin Kuan-hua am 30. Juli, seinem 20. Geburtstag. [Lin Kuan-hua protestierte gegen die Revision der Geschichtsbücher in Taiwan und wurde vom Erziehungsministerium unter Druck gesetzt. Anm. d. Übers.]

Übersetzt von Martin Winter am 2. August 2015

KNIEND UM LOHN BITTEN – 郑小琼 – KNEELING, DEMANDING THEIR WAGES

五月 13, 2015

Zheng Nah

Zheng Xiaoqiong
KNIEND UM LOHN BITTEN

sie huschen wie wandelnde seelen am bahnhof
an der maschine in der industriezone im schmutzigen mietquartier
ihre gestalten sind dünn wie messer, weisses papier,
haarsträhnen, luft. mit ihren fingern schneiden sie
eisen. filme. plastik … müde und taub sind sie
wandelnde seelen verpackt in maschinen
arbeitskleidung fließband ihre blitzenden augen
jugendlich huschen sie in ihrem
graudunklen strom ich kann sie nicht unterscheiden
steh ich unter ihnen sind wir auch nicht unterscheidbar
hautsäcke glieder bewegungen unbestimmte blicke lauter
unschuldige gesichter ständig werden sie aufgestellt organisiert
strukturiert ameisenvolk der elektronik bienen der spielzeugfabrik
sie lächeln stehen rennen bücken krümmen sich
werden verkürzt ein paar hände schenkel
sie werden festgedrehte schrauben abgetrennte metallflächen
gepresstes plastik gebogenes aluminium geschnittener stoff
ihr enttäuschter zufriedener erschöpfter glücklicher
aufgelöster hilfloser einsamer … ausdruck
sie kommen aus dörfern weilern gruppen ihre
intelligenten ungeschickten zaghaften feigen …
heute knien sie vor all den hohen hellblitzenden fenstern und türen
wachleute in schwarz glänzende autos grüne mandarinenbäumchen
das goldene fabriksschild gleißt in der sonne
sie knien vor dem fabrikstor halten ein stück karton
mit ungelenker schrift “gebt uns mit schweiß und blut verdientes geld”
furchtlos knien sie zu viert vor dem fabrikstor
die leute um sie herum vor ein paar tagen ihre kolleginnen
aus denselben dörfern freundinnen chefinnen mitarbeiterinnen
ausdruckslos betrachten sie diese vier arbeiterinnen
schauen zu wie die vier kolleginnen von wachleuten weggeschleift werden
wie eine einen schuh verliert wie einer anderen
die hose aufreißt schweigend schauen sie zu wie die
vier knienden arbeiterinnen weggebracht werden in ihren augen
steht weder freude noch leid … ausdruckslos gehen sie in die fabrik
ihr unglück macht mich traurig niedergeschlagen was soll ich sagen

2012
Übersetzt von MW, 2015

Photos and video recording: Beate Maria Wörz

Photos and video recording: Beate Maria Wörz

郑小琼

《跪着的讨薪者》

她们如同幽灵闪过 在车站

在机台 在工业区 在肮脏的出租房

她们薄薄的身体 像刀片 像白纸

像发丝 像空气 她们用手指切过

铁 胶片 塑料 … … 她们疲倦而麻木

幽灵一样的神色 她们被装进机台

工衣 流水线 她们鲜亮的眼神

青春的年龄 她们闪进由自己构成的

幽暗的潮流中 我无法再分辨她们

就像我站在他们之中无法分辨 剩下皮囊

肢体 动作 面目模糊 一张张

无辜的脸孔 她们被不停地组合 排列

构成电子厂的蚁穴 玩具厂的蜂窝 她们

笑着 站着 跑着 弯曲着 卷缩着

她们被简化成为一双手指 大腿

她们成为被拧紧的螺丝 被切割的铁片

被压缩的塑料 被弯曲的铝线 被剪裁的布匹

她们失意的 得意的 疲惫的 幸福的

散乱的 无助的 孤独的 。。。表情

她们来自村 屯 坳 组 她们聪明的

笨拙的 她们胆怯的 懦弱的 。。。

如今 她们跪着 对面是高大明亮的玻璃门窗

黑色制服的保安 锃亮的车辆 绿色的年桔

金灿灿的厂名招牌在阳光下散发着光亮

她们跪在厂门口 举着一块硬纸牌

上面笨拙地写着 “给我血汗钱”

她们四个毫无惧色地跪在工厂门口

她们周围是一群观众 数天前 她们是老乡

工友 朋友 或者上下工位的同事

她们面无表情地看着四个跪下的女工

她们目睹四个工友被保安拖走 她们目睹

一个女工的鞋子掉了 她们目睹另一个女工

挣扎时裤子破了 她们沉默地看着

下跪的四个女工被拖到远方 她们眼神里

没有悲伤 没有喜悦 。。。 她们目无表情地走进厂房

她们深深的不幸让我悲伤或者沮丧

Zheng stehtZheng Xiaoqiong

KNEELING, DEMANDING THEIR WAGES

they scurry across like wandering souls at the train station

at the machines the industrial zone squalid rented rooms

their thin female bodies like knifeblades like paper

hair fibres air their fingers cut

iron plastic film etc they’re numb and exhausted

like wandering souls packed into machine tables

work clothes assembly lines their glowing eyes

in the bloom of their youth scurrying into the shadowy stream

they created themselves I can’t tell them apart

I am standing among them no one knows who I am a sack of skin

limbs movement vague expressions one harmless

face after another they are always assembled lined up

forming electronics factory anthill toy factory beehive females

smiling standing running bending curling

each simplified into one pair of hands thies

fastened screws cut iron sheets

compressed plastic curved aluminum cut fabric

their frustrated satisfied weary happy

tangled up helpless lonely expressions

they come from villages hamlets valleys teams they’re intelligent

awkward they are weak timid

today they are kneeling before the shining glass windows doors

black-clad security polished limousines green tangerines

gold-emblazoned factory name shining in sunlight

kneeling at the factory gate holding up a cardboard sign

awkward charakters “give us sweat-and-blood-money”

they look quite fearless as they kneel at the factory gate

surrounded by a crowd days ago they were colleagues

from the same province friends coworkers above or below

women without any expression watching four kneeling women workers

watching four colleagues dragged away by security watching

one of the four losing a shoe watching another worker

getting her pants torn in the struggle silently watching

four kneeling women dragged far away in their eyes

there is no sadness no joy without any expression they enter the factory
their tragedy leaving me sad or depressed

Tr. MW, July 2014

Photos: Beate Maria Wörz

Photos: Beate Maria Wörz

CHOPCHOPCURRYPOK IS CHARLIE HEBDO

二月 4, 2015

Chopchopcurrypok_is_Charlie_HebdoPlease click on the picture!

This is a very good article. One of the few very inspiring responses to these horrible attacks in Paris. I was involved in another response – I translated a text by Liao Yiwu 廖亦武, a Chinese writer in exile in Germany. I put it in a blog post here some two weeks ago, along with words by “Charb” from Charlie Hebdo and others. Liao Yiwu’s text first appeared in German in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. It is also available in English, on the website of the German Book Trade Organization. This response should equally be read by as many people as possible! Thank you very much, Soh Wee Ling! I went demonstrating in Vienna on January 11, and again on Friday, January 30, when the xenophobe Neo-Nazis had their ball in the historic halls of the Hofburg in Vienna, overlooking the Heldenplatz where Hitler spoke to eradicate Austria in 1938, cheered by thousands. We were around 5000-6000 at least all over the centre of Vienna, although the police had cordoned off a large area and many people had been arrested and criminalized last year. No windows broken this time, and hardly anyone injured. Some people always get angry, and there are Neo-Nazi sympathizers in the police and in parliament. And they have been tolerated and cosseted, and they were in government 2000-2006. Recently an editor of the newspaper Der Standard, which has been very much against the fascists, has actually suggested that the Social Democrats should consider working with the F-Party. In Germany, their slogans would not be allowed, and some of their leaders would be in prison. On the other hand, we have a cherished tradition of fierce satire in Austria. I read an article by the Jewish French-German writer Gina Lustiger, published in Die Welt. She also said, just like you Soh Wee Ling, that the Charlie Hebdo cartoons were aimed at the average French citizens, including the cartoonists themselves. She said she missed them very much, missed their incisive humour. And she emphasized that unless the French Jewish victims were equally respected, even if their relatives had them buried abroad, people had not understood what this was about. Unless you can imagine Charlie as a Turkish woman in a head scarf at a funeral in Jerusalem, she said. Thank you very much again!

BREATHE, 呼吸

十一月 1, 2014

PARTING SHOT

BREATHE, 呼吸

breathe, 呼吸 (hu-xi) 开关 (kai-guan) 外内 (wai-nei) open-close out-in breathe 呼吸 what thing 啥事 (sha shi) what the thing 啥呼吸 (sha huxi) what breathe 啥写作 (sha xiezuo) what writing what make up 傻创作 (sha chuangzuo) 作弄 (zuo nong) 打坐 (da zuo) hit sit 装作 (zhuang zuo)
make believe 装作 make up 装冷 (zhuang leng) you’re cold 装热 (zhuang re) you’re hot 发作 (fazuo) break out listen 聆听 (lingting) 等 (deng) wait
给你看 (gei ni kan)
给你听 (gei ni ting)
给你弄 (gei ni nong)
任你想 (ren ni xiang)
4 u please see please hear do your thing think whatever 打坐 吐纳 (tu-na) hit sit in out breathe
呼吸 old new 啥打坐 啥静坐 (sha jing-zuo) meditation 坐禅 (zuo chan) sit-in
occupy central
佔中
走神 (zou shen)

dichten, offen werden, zu atmen, liegen atmen, stehen atmen, sitzen atmen, gehen laufen, sehen atmen, still atmen, stillen atmen, durst atmen, hören atmen, ohr atem schöpfen atem, ein atem, aus atem, warten atem, kommen atem, hör atem, auf atem, fang atem, ball atem, dich

mind is a most wonderful word
make up, open coming, close breathe in, listen breathe in, out breathe in, lying breathe in, down breathe in, sit breathe in, stand breath in, walk running, see breathe in, still nursing, thirst breathe in, hear breathe in, ear take your breath take your width breathe, in breathe, out breathe, wait breathe, come breathe, stop catch breath run, low catch, throw breathe, curl breathe, up breathe, your breathe, thing breathe, make breathe, make up breathe, open breathe, close breathe, close to breathe, body breathe, fear breathe, pain breathe, make up breathe, clothes breathe, colors breathe, white breathe, contact breathe, spar breath, no breath, words breathe, open breathe, clothes come again come loose come win me make up make shut atem make contact atem remember, atem breathe, 呼吸,开关,外内 open-close out-in breathe, 呼吸 what thing 啥事 what the thing 啥呼吸 what breathe 啥写作 what writing what make up 傻创作,作弄,打坐 hit sit 装作 make believe 装作 make up 装冷 you’re cold 装热 you’re hot 发作 break out listen 聆听, 等 wait

MW October 2014

KNEELING, DEMANDING THEIR WAGES – Zheng Xiaoqiong

七月 14, 2014

Zheng Xiaoqiong
KNEELING, DEMANDING THEIR WAGES

they scurry across like wandering souls at the train station
at the machines the industrial zone squalid rented rooms
their thin female bodies like knifeblades like paper
hair fibres air their fingers cut
iron plastic film etc they’re numb and exhausted
like wandering souls packed into machine tables
work clothes assembly lines their glowing eyes
in the bloom of their youth scurrying into the shadowy stream
they created themselves I can’t tell them apart
I am standing among them no one knows who I am a sack of skin
limbs movement vague expressions one harmless
face after another they are always assembled lined up
forming electronics factory anthill toy factory beehive females
smiling standing running bending curling
each simplified into one pair of hands thies
fastened screws cut iron sheets
compressed plastic curved aluminum cut fabric
their frustrated satisfied weary happy
tangled up helpless lonely expressions
they come from villages hamlets valleys teams they’re intelligent
awkward they are weak timid
today they are kneeling before the shining glass windows doors
black-clad security polished limousines green tangerines
gold-emblazoned factory name shining in sunlight
kneeling at the factory gate holding up a cardboard sign
awkward charakters “give us sweat-and-blood-money”
they look quite fearless as they kneel at the factory gate
surrounded by a crowd days ago they were colleagues
from the same province friends coworkers above or below
women without any expression watching four kneeling women workers
watching four colleagues dragged away by security watching
one of the four losing a shoe watching another worker
getting her pants torn in the struggle silently watching
four kneeling women dragged far away in their eyes
there is no sadness no joy without any expression entering the factory
their tragedy leaving me sad or depressed

Tr. MW, July 2014

郑小琼
跪着的讨薪者

她们如同幽灵闪过 在车站
在机台 在工业区 在肮脏的出租房
她们薄薄的身体 像刀片 像白纸
像发丝 像空气 她们用手指切过
铁 胶片 塑料 … … 她们疲倦而麻木
幽灵一样的神色 她们被装进机台
工衣 流水线 她们鲜亮的眼神
青春的年龄 她们闪进由自己构成的
幽暗的潮流中 我无法再分辨她们
就像我站在他们之中无法分辨 剩下皮囊
肢体 动作 面目模糊 一张张
无辜的脸孔 她们被不停地组合 排列
构成电子厂的蚁穴 玩具厂的蜂窝 她们
笑着 站着 跑着 弯曲着 卷缩着
她们被简化成为一双手指 大腿
她们成为被拧紧的螺丝 被切割的铁片
被压缩的塑料 被弯曲的绿线 被剪裁的布匹
她们失意的 得意的 疲惫的 幸福的
散乱的 无助的 孤独的 。。。表情
她们来自村 屯 坳 组 她们聪明的
笨拙的 她们胆怯的 懦弱的 。。。
如今 她们跪着 对面是高大明亮的玻璃门窗
黑色制服的保安 锃亮的车辆 绿色的年桔
金灿灿的厂名招牌在阳光下散发着光亮
她们跪在厂门口 举着一块硬纸牌
上面笨拙地写着 “给我血汗钱”
她们四个毫无惧色地跪在工厂门口
她们周围是一群观众 数天前 她们是老乡
工友 朋友 或者上下工位的同事
她们面无表情地看着四个跪下的女工
她们目睹四个工友被保安拖走 她们目睹
一个女工的鞋子掉了 她们目睹另一个女工
挣扎时裤子破了 她们沉默地看着
下跪的四个女工被拖到远方 她们眼神里
没有悲伤 没有喜悦 。。。 她们目无表情地走进厂房
她们深深的不幸让我悲伤或者沮丧

WE PLANT SUNFLOWERS – Li Khin-huann

四月 9, 2014
阮種日頭花
We Plant Sunflowers

李勤岸Li Khin-huann
Translated by Tiunn Boo-thinn 譯

We planted sunflowers at Parliament
To bring some sunshine inside
To bring all that mold to light
To bring the people’s rights to light

We planted sunflowers on the president’s lawn
To throw the floodgates wide open
And flood away the steel webs of a dictator
And let the young whales of democracy swim on, and on and on

We planted sunflowers in the streets
To bloom come rain and bloom come wind
To bloom for always and for all days
By the darkening roads we must yet take

We’re planting flowers in every alley and every valley
In the cities and in the country
In the mountains and by the sea

The sun will still flower
May the will of young hearts
Rise up high in our free skies

阮種日頭花
–《人面冊ê花蕊》264

李勤岸
Li Khin-huann
WE PLANT A SUNFLOWER

we plant a sunflower in parliament
to draw in the sun
stir up the poor state of our congress
stir it up for the rights of our people

we plant a sunflower in the president’s palace
to call a young sea spirit of Taiwan democracy
to stir up a flood
to sweep away the iron nets of dictatorship

we plant a sunflower on every street
to brave wind and rain
to stir and bloom
to shine a light on our dark road ahead

we plant a sunflower on every corner
in the village in the city
on the mountains at the sea
to stir and bloom
our spirit of youth
will brighten our homeland and our skies

April 9th, 2014

Tr. MW, April 9th, 2014 (没學台語,懇請大家多指教!)

 

阮種日頭花
–《人面冊ê花蕊》264

李勤岸

阮kā日頭花種tiàm立法院
吸引日光照入來
Kā臭殕ê國會曝曝咧
Kā人民ê權利曝曝咧

阮kā日頭花種tiàm總統府
予台灣民主ê少年海翁
泅做大水流ê烏潮
溢過獨裁ê鐵線網

阮kā日頭花種tī滿街路
無管透風抑落雨
阮堅持一直開花
堅持照明台灣暗淡ê路途

阮kā日頭花種tī逐角落
種tī庄腳種tī都市
種tī山頂種tī海邊
日頭會一直開花
青春ê意志
會照光咱台灣家己ê天

–2014/4/9 台師大台文系

 

日頭花

李勤岸
Li Khin-huann
SUNFLOWERS
Translated by Alice Lee 英譯

The eyes of the young are bright,
Opening into big sunflowers
To clearly see molds on the dark undersides.

The ears of the young are sharp,
Opening into big sunflowers
To hear the sadness behind pleasant words.

The brains of the young are fine,
Opening into big sunflowers.
Petals and petals of brilliant rays of light,
Piercing through the wall of fog ahead.

The sunflowers of justice,
Flower by flower,
Blossoming upon faces of the stalwart,
Blossoming within the island’s dark age.

The radiant sunflowers,
Flower by flower,
Herald the coming of our daybreak.

少年人ê目睭真金
開出大大蕊ê日頭花
會當看清生菇ê陰暗面

少年人ê耳空真利
開出大大蕊ê日頭花
會當聽著好聽話背後ê悲哀

少年人ê腦筋真活
開出大大蕊ê日頭花
一瓣一瓣ê光芒
鑿破頭前阻擋ê罩雺

正義ê日頭花
一蕊一蕊
開tī青春堅強ê面上
開tī島嶼暗暝ê世代
光phiâng-phiâng ê日頭花
一蕊一蕊
照出咱天光ê明仔載

Taiwan Demo

Taiwan paper

IMAGINE ONE DAY

四月 6, 2014

Danshui

Huang Huang-Chin
IMAGINE ONE DAY

imagine many years later
can we still watch japanese cartoons
imagine letters we might receive
maybe with contents crossed out in red
imagine we could answer in peace
curious questions from our children

I will tell them about tonight
concise and in detail
so they can swiftly run to any crowded stage

I will tell them
peace is short-lived
struggle is constant
come on, go now
on this island
find your comrades
keep your loved ones
build your dream house
look for the nation of your ideals

raise all the flags
light every lamp
shout out your pursuits
warm winds will blow
coconuts sway
students, policemen sleeping together
rain will keep falling
till you wake up to a dry day

Tr. MW, Apr. 2014

 

黄煌智

想像一日

想像多年以後
還能一起看日本的卡通
想像收到的信中
不會有被紅線掩蓋的內容
想像我們終於可以
坦然面對孩子好奇的追問

我會把這個夜晚
細緻而簡潔的讓他知道
以便他能夠迅速的奔跑到任何一個擠滿人的現場

我會告訴他
和平是短暫的
抗爭是常態
快去吧
在這座島上
認出你的朋友
顧好你的愛人
蓋你夢中的樓房
找你理想的國家

把國旗都升起來
燈都打亮
把訴求都溫柔吶喊
看風吹過來
椰子樹影搖晃
學生和警察睡在一塊
讓雨延續
在乾燥的白天醒來

Hung Hung 鴻鴻占立法院詩歌: POEMS from PROTESTS in March 2014, invoking Erich FRIED

四月 1, 2014
Photo by Terry Lin

Photo by Terry Lin

Hung Hung
RAIN WASHING THE STREETS – WRITTEN BEFORE THE MARCH 30 PROTEST IN TAIPEI

every morning
I move the whip pressed on my face
take a good breath
so I can get up

every evening
I scrub the lies seared on my forehead
so I can sleep

there are some things you can’t move away
like the police stick in your shoulder blade

sometimes you don’t wake up from dreams
you lift your head to a forest of shields

a car leaving early, I don’t remember the number
a song we sang, I don’t remember the words
I don’t remember how far we walked
and didn’t give up

silent hospitals
silent holding cells
silent TVs
silent tourist hotels
silent concerts
silent barricades
silent mount ali, sun-moon-lake, taroko gorge tribal areas

one huge silence
from teeming noise
in a cold front from the mainland
shrouding Taiwan
particulates off the charts
until one black flood
breaks worn embankments
one hard rain on the president’s palace
and the sky of tonight
and the road of tomorrow
are swept very clean

3/30/14
Tr. MW, 4/1/14

HHMit “DIE GEWALT” von Erich Fried, übersetzt ins Chinesische von Hung Hung

鴻鴻

洗街雨──寫於330凱道反服貿前夕

每天早上
把壓在臉上的靴子移開
透一口氣
才能起床

每天晚上
用力搓洗烙在額頭的謊言
才能就寢

有些東西是移不走的
比如嵌在肩胛的警棍

有些夢是不會醒的
比如抬頭就得面對盾牌的叢林

不記得提前離開的那輛車的車牌
不記得一起唱的那首歌的歌詞
不記得我們走了多遠
還不放棄

沈默的醫院
沈默的拘留所
沈默的電視
沈默的觀光飯店
沈默的演唱會
沈默的拒馬
沈默的阿里山、日月潭、太魯閣的原住民部落

人聲鼎沸
的巨大沈默
隨著大陸冷氣團
籠罩全台
懸浮微粒指數超標
直到萬頃黑色海潮
衝破疲憊的堤岸
一陣大雨掃過總統府
把今夜的天空
明天的道路
洗得乾乾淨淨

Hung Hung reciting poems at the occupied Legislative Yuan

Hung Hung reciting poems at the occupied Legislative Yuan

Hung Hung
A Poem for #CongressOccupied Protesters in Taiwan,
different link: (https://www.oximity.com/article/A-Poem-for-CongressOccupied-Protesters-1)

鴻鴻
暴民之歌──聞318佔領立法院反服貿學生被媒體與立委指為暴民

我們來了,夏天也來了
我們的腳步,可以溫柔也可以堅定
我們的聲音,可以優美也可以嘶啞
我們的拳頭,可以揮向天空也可以揮向不義
我們的心,可以是血的紅也可以是青草的綠
我們越過圍牆佔領這條街、這個廣場、這個堡壘
當別人把這裡當作提款機、當作傳聲筒、當作逃生梯
我們把這裡當作溫暖的搖籃,當作哺育稻米的農田,當作未來之歌的錄音間
我們歌唱,對,我們歌唱
我們用歌唱佔領一個原該屬於我們的國家,原該保護我們的政府,原該支持我們生存的殿堂
把它從墳墓變成子宮,從垃圾堆變成果園,從地獄變成天堂
甚至我們不奢求天堂,我們垂下眼睛,把這裡當作自己的家
今夜,原不相識的你我,在這裡多元成家
今夜,我們甘願做愛的暴民
就像五二0訴願農民那樣的暴民
就像六四天安門學生那樣的暴民
就像把美麗島當號角的那樣的暴民
就像用野百合、用茉莉花改變世界的那樣的暴民
就像以自焚為武器的鄭南榕那樣的暴民
不過今夜,我們不焚燒自己
我們焚燒這嚴寒的冬夜
讓夏天一夜之間,來到我們眼前!

Photo by Teddy Wang

Photo by Teddy Wang

Hung Hung
Lady Liberty’s Sword

Obama gave his yearly trade report, he wants to sell American pork to Taiwan. Obama is the first African American president. Black people are saved, pigs aren’t saved. Neither are cows. No matter how many hormones they feed them, all humanity has to eat your meat, and it has to be minced, so you don’t know which piece is an eye that saw the sky or a butt tired from needles. Nowadays no-one will eat black people. But there are people who want to swallow Ukrainians, Uighurs, Tibetans. They try out nuclear bombs at Lop Nor, they shoot a movie at Chernobyl, they build a nuclear power plant in Gongliao in Taiwan. Obama is happy to sell uranium for Taiwan nuclear power, I guess Americans like to eat up Taiwanese, barbecued by the torch of the Statue of Liberty. At the beginning of Kafka’s novel “America”, Lady Liberty’s torch is mistaken for a sword, piercing the suddenly brightening sky. Actually, isn’t it really a sword? Lady Liberty wielding the sword, cowering beauty beyond compare. America the beautiful. Beautiful cows, beautiful pigs, beautiful people. But definitions of beauty are changing. Beautiful Oscar movies, a junkie or a female star in a breakdown, garbage floating in space, we have to get membership, purchase tickets online, complete with Coke and popcorn (from genetically modified American corn), and put on our 3D glasses to see it all clearly.
Tr. MW, 4/1/14

鴻鴻

自由女神的劍

歐巴馬年度貿易報告,想把美豬賣給台灣。歐巴馬是美國第一位黑人總統。黑人得救了,豬沒有得救。美牛也沒有。不管被餵了多少藥物殘留,人類還是要吃你的肉,而且是絞碎了吃,分不出哪一塊是你望過藍天的眼或針孔累累的臀。現在已經沒有人會吃黑人。但是還有人想吃烏克蘭人,維族人,藏人。在羅布泊做核武試爆,去車諾比拍災難片,在貢寮蓋核電廠。歐巴馬很樂意賣原料給核四,原來美國人也吃台灣人,只是要先用自由女神的火炬烤一烤。卡夫卡寫過一本《美國》,一開始就把女神的火炬誤以為是一把劍,刺向突然亮起來的天空。那其實是一把劍不是嗎?女神揮劍恫嚇的姿態優美絕倫。我以為美牛、美豬、美人都是美的。然而美的定義已經改變了。美是奧斯卡獎頒給的嗑藥英雄和崩潰的女星、在太空中飛行的垃圾,我們要加入會員、電腦訂票、並搭配可樂和爆米花(也是基因改造的美玉米),戴上3D眼鏡才能看清楚。

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ABOUT

六月 7, 2013

li-bifeng-china-dissident-liao-yiwu
What is Chinese literature about? Exile, inner exile. Inside China, banished. Happened to many poets through the ages, including the most famous. Or voluntary exile, to be somewhere else, not among the people. 别有天地非人間。Teaching Latin in a high school in Vienna, a friend of our uses Du Fu 杜甫. Du Fu, Brecht, Theodor Kramer, Guido Zernatto. She teaches Latin, so exile comes from Ovid. Epistulaes ex ponto. From Casablanca. No, it’s that port city on the Black Sea, in Romania. Constantza. Like Tristan Tzara. Z or S? Whatever. Du Fu. They use an old edition from the 1930s. Brought into verse by H. Not just translated, not directly. That’s how they used to do it. Gustav Mahler’s 馬勒 Song of the Earth 大地之歌 came from Li Bai 李白 (Li Tai-po), Wang Wei 王維 and Meng Haoran 孟浩然, through many versions in different languages in between. Mahler wrote the final versions to fit his music. Two poems by different poets merged into one, at the end. No, that Du Fu edition is very accurate, from the feel of it. Two great volumes, large and thick. Not rhymed. But rather formal. Not luosuo 羅嗦. No superfluos words. Hardly. Again, from the feel of it, I haven’t checked, just listened and read. Listened, our friends read well. Very down-to-earth, daily details. Ants, chicken. Fencing in chicken, thinking about it. A reference to the times, the circumstances. Suddenly becoming political, as our friend says. Towards the end. A moral at the end, maybe more in this German version than in Chinese. Circumstances, Du Fu’s circumstances. He always complains, says our friend. Very down-to-earth, very daily life. Strife, poverty, famine. Starving on the streets. We have a master’s thesis on Tang Poetry social critique in Vienna, from 1990. Anna Maria Eigner. Bai Juyi 白居易, many different poets. Li Shangyin 李商隐 wrote a lot about poverty in the countryside. Not in is most famous poems, unfortunately.

Daddy, who is this?
He is called Li Bifeng. I just translated a poem by him. He is in prison. They are all in prison. This one is a writer, too.
Why is he in prison?
He took part in protests, demonstrations. Demonstration, you remember what that is? Yes, we were in one together this year.
Where is this?
This is in China.
What else did he do?
He organized strikes. Do you know what strikes are?
No.
Strikes are when workers in a factory say they won’t work, all of them. To get better pay. To get insurance, you know what that is? When you are sick, to get money from insurance so you can get a doctor, go to hospital.

Daddy, are there any places with no government?
Good question. There are some places where women are in charge. They own the land, they run things. Used to. Sometimes still do. Places in China.
Well, they should. Women are important. Women bear children.
I don’t know if there are any places with no government. There are some places with not many people at all. Deserts, mountains.

A Yu (born 1994)
DOCUMENTARY: HE JUMPED FROM THE TOP OF THE BUILDING

he jumped from the top of the building
peng!
he was dead
it wasn’t like he had seen it
on tv
on tv
the contractor who owed migrant workers
when he heard someone would jump
right away he came out with his pay
but this time
no-one held him back
that’s how he died
peng!

2012
Tr. MW, 2013
A Yu Doku

Liao Yiwu, Meng Huang, Maria Rosen: Performance in Stockholm

三月 31, 2013

Liao Yiwu reading his poem “The Massacre”, Meng Huang 孟煌 reading his “Letter to Liu Xiaobo in Prison” and Maria Rosén singing the Swedish folksong “Ballad from Roknäs”, 19th March 2013, 9 pm, Sergels Torg, Stockholm, Sweden

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Stephane Hessel and the state of the air. A chat with Beijing.

二月 28, 2013
Baum am Donaukanal

photo by Sara Bernal

Chat with an old friend in Beijing who works in Chinese media. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 7:50 am GMT

hello dear

bonjour. 早上好。

how are you ??

還可以
你好嗎?
空氣很臭嗎?

feeling nauseated, pollution is above maximum level again
855 right now

他們兩會喘氣一點也好

disgusting

+o(

you know the article i translated a few days ago to tackle the pollution? they want to forbid the barbecues !!

*^o)

like 羊肉串?

dui !!

太可笑

可悲

the state of the air is the state of the art of ruling the country. we had a guy from shanghai here at the university yesterday, there is a un conference on middle east in the city, and he is a chinese expert on jews in china and relations to middle east. very pragmatic, realist guy, sounds like some of his israeli friends. we don’t want another libya chaos, so we veto.

😐

but who are they defending in the security council? sudan was massacring their own people. China supports any regime that suppresses their own population by military means.

yeaah, so now it is too late for the international community to shine, and the ones who help in Syria are the radical islamist, Al qaida etc..

exactly.

when the war will be over, do we really want an other country ruled by Al Qaida, because china did not want chaos ?
such short term vision
lets not forget the dearest firend poutine
such a nice guy to help his economy by boosting the weapons and jets industry

yes. the chinese love to cooperate on weapons with israel and do all sorts of research. he likes to talk about such things. but nobody asked tough questions. stephane hessel died two days ago in france, wasn’t it? the old guy who survived the nazis and inspired recent civil movements. it’s not easy. arab spring was risky. doesn’t look good now, on the whole.

yes, he passed away, just learned about it a few minutes ago, i just cried watching the news

every revolution takes time, the french one lasted more than 20 years
to really settle down

the name arab spring comes from prague spring 1968. there are always risks with popular movements for democracy from the bottom up. participation, human rights, civil rights, civil society.

but the good thing in the chaos in egypt and algeria and tunisia, is that now, people know they can make a difference, and wont take bullshit and abuse like sheep

so, all those who just had personal ambitions are aware that they too can be put down by civilians if they don t act according with the will of the people.

yes. two and a half years ago it looked like mubarak and gaddafi etc. would rule forever.

it will take time, but in the end, we, the basic people all want the same: quiet, freedom, work, and education for the kids

it was more convenient for everybody to support the status quo.

for us, china, eu, diplomats….

you are right. to be left in peace by the government, to have basic rights and freedom, to have work, and education for the kids. in tibetan. in mongolian. in uighur. etc. not very difficult.

Mao_pollution

你好吗?

不怎么好

头疼 头晕

那今天好好休息。。。

空气怃然挺厉害

没有办法休息没

http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_68d111990101afbr.html

https://erguotou.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/lilis-story/

i was horrified by the story of Lili

i sent it to my friends and colleagues

it’s very disgusting. the poem is from last october. it didn’t look as if she would get justice. remarkably well-written report in the newspaper when you follow the link., very detailed.

my chinese is too bad to understand the original text, but i will have some of my colleagues help me understand. I am getting ready for the NPA and CCPPC. 3 weeks with no day of for this occasion.

at austrian PEN-club they have a special activity Time To Say No. Started after Malala was shot in Pakistan. I am helping them with Chinese texts. http://www.penclub.at/

One Chinese writer who lives in Canada sent a much more horrible poem than Lily’s Story. Very good poem, too. Her name is Sheng Xue 盛雪. I can send it to you, if you like. Women’s day on March 8 is a good occasion to pay attention to the real world.

yes, please, it is always good to make people aware of these facts

too many people with power still think they can get away from their acts, thank god internet is there so nobody forgets

寄給你 8:22:16 AM Sending of “Sheng Xue.doc” http://blog.boxun.com/hero/201202/shengxue/7_1.shtml

Oh my god, that’s awful

i can’t stand injustices like that

i can’t stand that these murderous pigs can get away with it !!

i am not for violence, but sometimes i think …

:@

please send it around, if you like.

i will

the english translation is not bad. but the original is even better.

or worse, of course.

i passed them around

what are your colleagues saying? Maybe they know some of the names in the poem by Sheng Xue. I didn’t know the names, but it sounds very real.

i did not hear anything from my colleagues

i guess many chinese just prefer to ignore that kind of things

like the ostrich digging its head in the sand

at least one or two of the names in the poem by Sheng Xue would get results even in English at Google or Baidu. Lily’s Story was reported in China. Even in newspapers, though not very big.

i think the more they hear about this kind of things, the more rebellious they will be towards those jerks

yes. but it isn’t big news every day. the pollution is. that’s the good thing about it. easy to say for me when I don’t smell it right now.

二月 26, 2013

baum

sie haben den baum vorm fenster gefällt
ich weiss nicht warum
er liegt noch herum
sie standen beisammen im hof und sprachen
von polizei und so sachen
ich fragte nicht nach
wir sind nachbarn im anderen haus
es geht uns nichts an
es war nur der baum
unlängst haben sie sträucher gerodet
da ist eine gesprungen
und eine weile liegengeblieben
hat man dann erfahren
sie haben den baum vorm fenster gefällt
es steht noch ein kleiner gestutzter
und bald kommt der efeu der wilde wein
und was rotes das klettert
und noch weisse sträucher
der baum war alt
er hat halt geblüht
von uns aus gesehen das schönste im hof
jetzt gibt es mehr licht
man sieht in der richtung die serbische kirche
und weniger nester vielleicht

MW    Feb. 2013

___________________________________________________________________

zug

ein gedicht ist ein zug
eine abweichung
trug dich ein zug
ein verbotener
konntest du aufatmen
schmecken nachdenken
war es genug

MW    Feb. 2013

Mo Yan corn
mehr züge 吸引

reden 言

abstimmung 票決

frühlingsschnee 伊沙 《春雪》

drache ade 告別龍年

wiedersehen 告別

not 莫

many-coloured days

vacation 假日

coffee-house at the end of the world 最後的咖啡館

toys and the frost

Mo Yan 莫言

ideology 意識形態

distance studies 距離學

300 Recent Chinese poems 新詩三百首中英對照

The Nobel 諾貝爾獎

Dieses Leben 今生

Mo Yan’s old house 莫言故居

Lai Hsiangyin and Chen Kohua in Vienna 賴香吟、陳克華

Mo Yan and Murakami 莫言、村上春樹

Lili

Lily’s Story 赵思运//丽丽传/

Moroccan Fountain 摩洛哥噴泉

Moon From Train

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

Wang Wei: Abschied 王維-送別

Murong Xuecun, Yu Hua, Liu Zhenyun, Bob Dylan and Rivers of Bablyon 慕容雪村、余華、劉震云、流行音樂

Flying over the sea, quietly 顏峻

poetry and music 詩、歌

UNITED IN SOLIDARITY. 聯合抗議拜新年。HAPPY YEAR OF THE SNAKE! 祝大家蛇年快樂!

二月 9, 2013

《新诗典》以本诗为天下苍生祈福! //@老纪微波:抄送@长安伊沙
In bloom in the chanting
Zhan Che
Chanting sutras, blossoms opening
– stopping by the shrine of the Le Sheng Old People’s Home
[to be demolished]

100 year old banyan tree stretching its roots
sunlight in the wind tipping millions of leaves
some kind of music comes from these instruments
from strings and keys
from hairs and tongues
lepers kneeling before Buddha statues
wrists without hands
wrists that had knives tied to them for cutting vegetables
wrists, mallets tied to them beating wooden fish
– wooden fish swimming in sounds of bells
sounds of bells swimming in rain

those fish without noses
bats with no eyes
earthworms with no hands or feet
by the sound of those wooden fish
growing into whatever they planted
osmanthus smiles magnolia
scents through their four elements six roots of desire
through their five sensory organs in forms of flowers
scents drawing in sutra chanting
in the unseen world –
from their deformed hands feet noses lips
growing twigs and leaves
osmanthus blossoms magnolia smiles
smiling bodhisattvas
in scents of sandalwood and flowers
lighting lanters to walk through the night

but they will be banished by rigid laws
this cultural heritage for all mankind fits into
colonial history public health human rights
they are helpless in this official-commercial structure
but they will take to the streets kneeling and praying
with their deformed blood-swollen hands and feet
kneeling praying entreating towering authorities
bringing their muttering whispering groaning
flower scents and chanting sutras
drip into memory drop in the rain

Published in Unitas Daily (Taiwan) June 23, 2006
http://www.wretch.cc/blog/htycy/4055637

Tr. MW Febr. 9, 2013

詹撤
在梵唱中開花
-駐足於樂生療養院佛堂邊

【2006/06/23 聯合報】 【詹澈】

百年榕樹還在往下伸長鬚根
陽光在風中翻動百千萬計的樹葉
有一種音樂來自那些根鬚與葉片的樂器
那些弦和鍵
那些髮和舌
那些跪在佛像前的痲瘋病患者
用沒有手掌的手腕
綁過菜刀切菜的手腕
綁著木槌敲著木魚
──木魚游在鐘聲裡
鐘聲遊在雨絲中

那些沒有鼻的魚
沒有眼的蝙蝠
沒有手和腳的蚯蚓
都在木魚鐘聲中
長成他(她)們植栽的桂花 玉蘭花 含笑
花香瀰漫在他(她)們的四大與六根
他(她)們的五官有了各種花的形狀
香氣隱隱引著誦經聲
冥冥中──
從他(她)們殘缺的手掌腳趾鼻脣裡
長出了樹枝與樹葉
開出了桂花 玉蘭花與含笑
含笑的佛菩薩們
在檀香與花香交融中
點亮了暗夜前行的路燈

然而他(她)們將被僵化的法令遷徒
這合於人權的 殖民史的 公衛史的
人類共有的文化古蹟 一群與建築
在官商結構中弱弱無依
然而他(她)們將要去跪拜遊行
用殘缺的紅腫膿血的手腳
向著尖聳的權勢跪拜懇求
帶著噥噥喃喃 嘸嘸唔唔的
在雨聲中滴答著記憶的梵唱與花香

FAREWELL – Song Tik-lai 宋澤萊

一月 9, 2013

Song Tik-lai 宋澤萊

FAREWELL TO THE 20th CENTURY

Thank you, 20th century
We all grew up some time with you
I was born and grew up too
In your arms I feel at home
In your last year
You are generous
To set me free

One hundred years
Two world wars
Cold war east-west
Countless other wars and conflicts
I don’t have much experience
I carried my gun
Two years military service
Thank heavens
I stayed alive

One hundred years
One economic depression
America’s streets full of beggars
Some nations went hungry
Russia and China adopted
Communism
I have only shallow experience
When I was small
There was no rice
But there were dried sweet potatoes
Thank you
I didn’t stay hungry
Although malnourished

There was political tragedy
Military dictators
Even governing through terror
Countless people
Went to jail
Wailing was heard on
The earth’s every corner
I have limited experience
Held and carried
Flags and banners
Walked in streets
Of silent protests

There was art in various ways
Dadaists and surrealists
Stream of consciousness, expressionism
Existentialism, postmodernism
Baffling and shouting, collapsing
Suicide and going crazy
I don’t have much experience
Still at my desk
With simple words
Writing my poems

I went to Grandpa’s grave
One hundred years of graves and mounds
Thousands and millions
Buried simply
Left in the 20th century
Wrongs and grievances abroad
I don’t know much and beg your pardon
I went through this time
And stayed alive

20th century
I don’t count as your victim
Listen, century
I’m not qualified
To raise my voice
In blame
But begging your pardon
At night when the Milky Way blazes
Raising my head
I often think of
Flying away

Tr. Martin Winter, Jan. 2013
With help from Khinhuann Li 李勤岸

宋澤萊
告別二十世紀

感謝二十世紀
庶呢長e時間
予我會凍出世、生長
值妳e懷中我感覺有歸屬
最後e這年
妳寬宏大量
予我離開

一百年
有兩遍世界大戰
東西冷戰
無數e大小戰爭
庶我呒是攏有體驗
干擔八揭搶
做二年e 兵
感謝天
我平安度過

一百年
有一遍經濟大蕭條
美國滿街攏乞食
有人民大飢荒
露西亞、中國實行
共產主義
我e 體驗真淺
干擔值囝仔時代
無米通食
但是,猶有番薯簽
感謝
我無飫著
雖然有卡欠營養

有真濟e政治悲劇
軍人獨裁
甚至恐怖統治
有算朆了e志士
入監牢
哭聲值地球e
每一個角落
我e 體驗無深
干擔八揭
幾遍旗仔
值街仔路
恬恬抗議

有真濟藝術
達達、超現實
意識流、表現主義
存在主義、後現代主義
迷惑、喝喊、瓦解
自殺、起犭肖
我呒是攏有體驗
猶原值桌子頂
用尚簡單e字
寫我e 詩

我八去阿公埋骨e
百年大墓仔埔
歸千歸萬人
埋值土腳
亻因值二十世紀留落
外濟e委屈
原諒我呒是完全清楚
我猶原值世間
繼續活落去

二十世紀
我假那受害無夠深e
世紀
無資格大聲
責備
但是,原諒我
值夜晚銀河燦爛e時
揭頭
我不時道想卜
飛離開妳

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

八月 17, 2012

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Aug. 25

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

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

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

Aug. 22

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

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

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

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

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

Aug. 21

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Vincent Yu/AP

Aug. 17

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

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

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Aug. 14

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

freedom 自由

二月 18, 2012


自由不能宣傳。自由不屬於政府。自由屬於幻想。不過幻想不見得都是好的。沒有安居樂業會有怎樣的幻想嗎?今天看了環球時報又覺得看中國大陸報紙就有精神分裂症的感覺,記者和編輯當然比讀者得病顯然更嚴重、更絕望。同樣的報紙有又支持給意義分子判重刑,又報道紀錄片導演講文革的殘忍故事等等。其實自己沒看到支持給意義分子判重刑的文章,只是聽說,但看過類似的。生活、工作在大陸有一定的精神分裂,大陸人知道嗎?大部分都感覺到吧。那麽台灣和香港呢?香港最近有排斥大陸人的新聞。香港人好像不一定覺得自己屬於公共和諧鍋。那麽台灣呢?這次去台灣時間還算很短,不过還是覺得想要跟大陸統一的人非常少。那麽選出來加強跟大陸合作的政府有精神分裂症症狀嗎?前几天去金門一趟,金門人好像都覺得跟大陸有更多的來往是很自然的事。希望大陸學台灣的民主也許屬於幻想,但是最近大陸的微波畢竟有很多人非常羨慕和嫉妒台灣能直接普選議會和總統。

從佛洛伊德的故鄉奧地利這几年的民主選舉來說,接近三分之一支持極右派,算非常嚴重的症狀應該毫無疑問。

自由不能宣傳、不屬於政府、屬於幻想。所以美國政府宣傳自由有精神分裂症嗎?無論怎麽說,民主制度的政府能夠保護和支持幻想嗎?是應該盡量保護和支持。但政府畢竟不會主動來做,除非覺得也許有什麽對他們的好處。公民社會靠著非政府組織不斷奮斗很辛苦地贏得出來的。沒有公民社會哪里會有幻想? 也許幻想總是會有,雖然有的人不一定會承認大家都有表達幻想的權利。

總共覺得台灣的民主制度也許還不是很完美,但非常難得的,有點像台北的捷運。靠大家支持、要好好維修。 這几年高雄也有了捷運,而且台灣還有高鐵,星期一就會坐一下。


Liu Xiaobo bio bibliography

十一月 30, 2010

Bei Ling’s biography of Liu Xiaobo comes out in German on Dec. 9, 2010

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