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Gao Zhisheng’s family arrives safely in New York…

The family of a top Civil Rights Lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, who was kidnapped by the Chinese government in February, has arrived in New York after more than two months of travel.  His wife, Geng He and their two children fled China after realizing that their lives were being closely monitored by the government, according to Epoch Times.

In a complicated and dangerous plan that involved escape on foot, by train and air travel, the three Ihave defected from China to seek safety from the Chinese Communist Party.

Their escape was aided by human traffickers and several groups, including Friends of Gao Zhisheng, the Global Association for the Rescue of Gao Zhisheng, and the U.N. Refugee Agency.

I am glad to hear that his family has made it out of China safely, and I wish them all the best as they try to sort out what has happened to them.  Sadly, I can’t say the same for Gao.

Gao Zhisheng’s whereabouts are presently unknown. Gao was abducted from his home in Shanxi by Chinese police on February 4, and has not been seen since. Gao had been detained previously after having written three open letters to China’s top leaders, as well as the U.S. Congress urging Chinese leaders to cease their persecution of Christians and Falun Gong practitioners. He was a top contender for the Nobel Peace Prize last year and was formerly recognized as a top human rights lawyer in China.

This isn’t the first time that Gao has been detained by the Chinese government (Trigger warning:  First hand descriptions of brutal torture), and horrifically this isn’t the first time, by far, that the Chinese government has detained someone for their own purposes.

I hope that Zhisheng is still alive, and that he is soon reunited w/ his family.  I don’t see him leaving China, b/c I believe he feels his work is too important.  If he is still alive I hope that he finds a way to continue his work safely.

I hope that in our international relations, the US can find it in their busy schedules to address Civil Rights atrocities like this.

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This picture makes me gush…

The Dalai Lama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Right down to the cockles of where my heart used to be.

T is for Tibet

Love it.

A Quote for Today

(to be followed by a rant later)

“In China we have a saying, ‘Whoever causes the problem should solve the problem’. It is not China that caused the present situation.

~Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang, referring to the current conflict between France and China regarding Tibet, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy meeting w/ the Dalai Lama today.

I, and History, beg to differ, fuckwit.

08/08/08 — It’s Your Lucky Day!

Triple 8’s in Chinese are similar to the association we make here w/ Triple 7’s.  The Arabic numeral for 8, which is used widely in China, is a constant loop, representing longevity.  The syllable for 8 in Chinese (八) or “ba” when spoken sounds similar to the word for 100 (百) “bai”, and represents a long life or living for a hundred years.  It also sounds similar to a slang word (发) “fa”, which means “to hit the jackpot”.  In Cantonese the word for 8 “baat” sounds like “faat”, which is the word for prosperity.  I don’t speak a lick of Cantonese, so I will have to take the word of the people I know who do on that one.

Today is a lucky day to be born, to have a birthday, and to get married.  The Olympics open today.* (more…)

me and my superiority

so i was reading feministing today, and they did a post about Mao Ze Dong offering women to the US in trade.  everyone started going off about the one child policy and how now there are not enough women in china, and how Mao was just being a “diplomat to a backwards culture”, which i don’t agree w/.  china and it’s culture is not backwards…their government and how it treats it’s people are.  they started toting off about how the one child policy is the devil.  i will admit that anything that stirs a nation to commit gendercide is pretty fucked up…any policy that forces women into or prevents them from having abortions is messed up. (more…)

what’s in a name?

so big bad condi had to shake her finger at taiwan…in a story from the times which makes me irritable, at a time when i have a headache to the point of nausea, so i am already irritable…

ok…here’s a review for those of you catching up on china and taiwan:  china thinks they own the world.  seriously.  if anything in asia is under dispute of ownership, china will gladly claim it (in fact, i am surprised that they don’t try to play monkey in the middle w/ korea and japan over dokdo) and take the burden of finding out the truth on their own shoulders.  they consider taiwan, like tibet, a rogue province, who just needs a firm hand to remind them of their place in the world.

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