This week we offer an assortment of Weibo items for your thoughts: the mysterious but all-powerful Above, China’s new land reform, China’s AIDS exiles, journalists as propaganda workers, free turnips, and more. Click on date below item for link to the original.
- 黎学文在北京/Li Xuewen in Beijing/(Writer, publication planner)/:【The invisible Above】There is an absurd black hole in [China’s] current power operation: In each of the wrongful convictions, there are enforcers but no one is in charge. The enforcers say, this is the decision of the Above. But no one knows who is the Above and who you can take legal action against. As the source of evil, the Above is shrouded in a fog. There are evil doers but no one can be held accountable for the wrongdoings. As a result, the wrongful cases can’t be redressed, and power continues to ravish. Morality is collapsing all but inevitably.
It looks like China is embarking on yet another Land Reform:
- 何光伟/He Weiguang/(Journalist with 《时代周报》or Time-Weekly)/: The land reform that introduces shareholding system is a big bomb. Throughout the history, rulers were always very cautious about land reform. Wang Shiyuan (王世元), deputy minister of the Ministry of Land and Resources said the other day that the Ministry is encouraging places with the right conditions to carry out rural land reform that introduces shareholding system, making it a norm to list land in the stock market. The land circulation policy proposed earlier by the government now has entered the stage of implementation. This is tantamount to turning on green lights for land grab by powerful groups. It will inevitably lead to the emergence of large-scale migrant population, laying down a gigantic bomb for social stability.
Nov. 29 11:00 From Trencent Weibo Repost and comment(4)
- 曾金燕/zengjinyan/(wife of Chinese activist Hu Jia) /: Today is World Aids Day. Dr. Wang Shuping, who first discovered blood transfusions were the source of HIV spread in China, was forced to leave China. Dr. Gao Yaojie, who fought hard for the treatment and prevention of AIDS and who is in her 80s now, also had to leave China. Then Wan Yanhai, the founder of “Ai Zhi Action Project” (“爱知行动项目”, later, [the Beijing-based NGO] Ai Zhi Xing Institute, 爱知行研究所), and his family were forced to exile too. Finally, Hu Jia, former acting director of Ai Zhi Xing Institute and the founder of Ai Yuan, was imprisoned and still hasn’t gained complete freedom. To this day, no one has been held accountable for the AIDS epidemic through blood transfusions.
Days after the tragic “school bus” accident in Gansu that killed 20 children, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced donation of 23 school buses to Macedonia, and the Macedonian government said in a statement that “each bus has 35 seats, meets all safety requirements and will be used for students primarily in rural areas.” The news ignited wide anger and derision among Chinese netizens, to whom the Foreign Ministry replied that it was merely fulfilling China’s “international responsibilities.”
- LaotaitaiXP/(Netizen)/: Watching Chinese ambassador handing over school buses to Macedonia, I was so full of envy. As someone from Gansu, I look forward to Gansu establishing diplomatic relationship with China as soon as possible.
- 农享网官方微博/Agricultural Information Sharing Network’s official Weibo/: …Farmer Han Gang [in Hua County, Henan province] grew 200,000 kilograms turnips but couldn’t sell them for any price. So he decided to give them away to the public. 30,000 people showed up to pull the turnips. They pulled away all the turnips, but also 10,000 kilo of sweet potatoes….
- I came across a tweet by Hua Chunhui (华春辉), a veteran Chinese rights activist in Wuxi (无锡), Jiangsu. He and his fiancée, also an activist living in Zhengzhou (郑州), Henan, tried to move together but have been prevented from doing so by the Chinese national security (国保). From the tweet, it sounds like they will finally reunite. Without altering a single word, I break his tweet into, well, a poem:
Wind roars outside the windows,
A damp, chilly evening.
I am making a dark stew of pig feet.
Using beer and no water at all.
Alone in the kitchen,
Which is the living room also,
I pour a glass of Niu Er.
Waiting for the stew to cook.
Years of singlehood are coming to
(Note: Niu Er, 牛二, a Chinese liquor)