May 2, 2012
Yesterday I posted “Crisis (危機): Will blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng (陳光誠) break through Chinese dark cloud of lawlessness?”
Today, after reading “CNN Transcript: Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng” I realized I was so wrong and wrote the following.
This is a horrible turn of event in the words of Chinese blind activist lawyer Chen Guangcheng and his wife Yuan Weijing. Reading Chen saying “(My wife) was tied to a chair by police for two days. Then they carried sticks to our home, threatening to beat her to death. Now they have moved into the house” breaks my heart and makes me realize I was wrong in thinking that Chen could and would want to stay in China.
The world is watching how the US and Chinese governments will behave tomorrow and in the next few days. I am sadly pessimistic.
I know Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in China Thursday (“is already”? because of time difference). All eyes will now be on Secretary Clinton and President Obama’s actions. At the moment, I am sadly pessimistic.
May 1, 2012
In Chinese the word “crisis” is “危機”, a word compose of two parts, “危” for danger and “機” for opportunity. I am serious when I asked “Will blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng (陳光誠) break through Chinese dark cloud of lawlessness?” As if by chance (and I don’t believe in “pure chance”), Guangcheng‘s Chinese name is “光誠”, “光” is light and “誠” for frankness. I am keeping my fingers crossed for all parties involved, for Chen and his family members and supporters, for the US and Chinese governments, and for the powerless Chinese citizens that rights lawyers like Chen are trying to help in China!
Here are a few latest articles about Chen Guangcheng,
* NYT editorial, “Chen Guangcheng”
* CNN, “Arrests, beatings fail to deter Chinese human rights crusader Chen”
Note: I think the following WaPo and CBS reporters underestimated Chen‘s desire and determination to stay in China to help powerless Chinese citizens.
* WaPo, “Chen Guangcheng must weigh loss of prominence against protection of U.S. asylum”
* CBS, “High stakes for U.S. in China standoff over Chen Guangcheng”
* New Yorker, “CHEN GUANGCHENG’S JOURNEY”
Chen in his own words.