April 12, 2006

Day 50: Nina thanks everyone for their concern, but there is no further information

Filed under: Nina's blog — Rebecca MacKinnon @ 3:25 am

Writing in the early hours of Wednesday April 12th, which is Day 50 if Hao’s detention, his sister Nina Wu thanks everybody around the world for their concern.  Many of Hao’s friends, especially those in the U.S., have been contacting us in frustration, asking why more isn’t being done to get Hao released. The answer is: everything deemed possible - as determined by the family and their legal counsel - is being done. Things deemed potentially counter-productive are not being done. Reading Nina’s blog post below, it’s clear that she is feeling some pressure from friends of Hao in the U.S. to do more. But how much can she do in the face of a regime that is doing whatever it wants with no respect for its own legal processes? Call in the A-team for a dramatic rescue??!? Nina is acting on the advice of a lawyer in China who is familiar with these kinds of cases and understands what kinds of actions might help Hao, and what kinds of action would be counter-productive. Publicity has been deemed necessary, serving as constant reminder to the regime that the whole world is watching and judging what the Chinese government does to Hao Wu. Beyond that, Nina has not consented to more aggressive political actions. Many people have asked why we haven’t organized a petition or letter-writing campaign. The answer is clear: Nina asked us not to do so at this time. We must respect her wishes. To do otherwise would be to disrespect and possibly hurt Hao. We appeal to Hao’s friends in the U.S. to understand this, and to seek her consent before initiating action on Hao’s behalf in order to avoid doing things that could inadvertently make his situation worse. Here is Nina’s brief, frustrated-sounding blog post:

Today I received phone calls, emails, and greetings from friends one after another.  They were all asking about Haozi, but I disappointed them.  Currently the family members have no further information about Haozi.  Like everyone else, we are impatiently waiting.  Thank you, friends.  For the many ways in which everyone has spontaneously made efforts to help Haozi be free sooner, we sincerely express our gratitude.  Our family feels gratified to know that Hoazi has these kinds of friends.  I believe that the love from family members, friends, and all who know or do not know Haozi will allow him to see the springtime sunlight again soon.

We also continue to read everyone’s comments, and thank everyone for their suggestions.  We have a lawyer, and we have made reports through all the legal channels we can think of.  We are just waiting…  I hope our waiting is worthwhile.

9 Comments »

  1. Nina,
    Be strong for Haozi. We are always on your side.
    love and hugs!

    Comment by s — April 12, 2006 @ 3:35 am

  2. Wu Hao,

    Wherever you are, we love you and support you.

    While people EXACTLY LIKE YOU (filmmakers, bloggers, mediamakers, businessman, molecular biologists, writers) are sipping their lattes in Starbucks at Jianguomen, checking email on their Macintoshes, listening to their Ipods, having dinner at South Beauty or drinks at Houhai, watching the latest Chen Kaige film or Harrison Ford import — while we all pretend that CHINA is now “harmonious” and open for business, this kind of thing happens? As China’s TV stations make millions off of Super Girls, and the radio stations play syrupy pop songs about innocent love and romance, you are locked up somewhere, deprived of your rights, like some country from the middle ages.

    There is a saying in English and in Chinese: “Shit or get off the pot.” (Zhanzhe maokeng bulashi.) China either has to move FORWARD (and start guaranteeing basic freedoms of speech or it will MOVE BACKWARD.

    Maybe I shouldn’t write this kind thing here, but I’m so disappointed to hear about this.

    WHERE IS WU HAO?!!!!????

    Dear China, this man is an ambassador of your great civilization and you’ve disappeared him!!!!

    PlEASE STOP THIS! This is the kind of behavior one expects from a small neighborhood thug, not a proud member of the United Nations!!!

    Again, I repeat, Wu Hao is loved by people from many places — anyone who has met him is impressed by his kindness and unselfishness!

    You have a constitution and a legal code. Abide by it!

    Stay strong, Nina. You make me proud to be a friend of Wu Hao’s.

    “Dear Zhang Yimou, Dear Chen Kaige: If you want to make a film about a HERO, her name is Nina Wu. If you want to make a story about a PROMISE, the story is about a sister keeping her promise to her family and her brother.”

    WHat can I do? Shit. I don’t know.

    Maybe I can stop PRETENDING LIKE EVERYTHING IS NORMAL IN CHINA. Stop pretending its “Harmonious.”

    I will stop buying Starbucks Coffee, perhaps. This one big symbol of “internationalism” — an American coffee chain. Yes, that’s what I’ll do. A small stupid thing to remind myself that THINGS ARE NOT OKAY. From now on, whenever I am invited to Starbucks, I will refuse to order anything from then. As a small gesture to remind myself that my friend has been barbarically deprived of his rights.

    IF this post is inappropriate, please delete it, but I’m really angry about this and don’t know what to do.

    (And yes, I’m afraid of getting kidnapped by the secret police and beaten up and all that crap. We are all afraid of that.)

    And shame on all you businessmen in positions of power (Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, GM, Ford, Sony, etc. — if you remain silent about this kind of thing happening in a country where you are making so much money. Shame on you for being silent. Shame on Wall Street for making this just part of the “price of business” of doing business.)

    Comment by bruce — April 13, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

  3. Second that! Nina’s strength is incredible; I wouldn’t have been able to keep myself together this long if I were in her position.

    @Bruce, as for what we can do…hunger strikes seem to have been hitting quite a sensitive nerve lately with those in Beijing. It’s what got Hu Jia detained, as well as dozens of other activists in China who unfortunately haven’t received any coverage in English-language media. Two more hunger strikers just got arrested today…

    Comment by Feng 37 — April 13, 2006 @ 6:10 pm

  4. Everyday I check this website, hoping for news that Wu Hao has been released. I did not know him personally but through his art and his blog I felt a connection. It’s very sad and so hard to believe that someone I followed and believed in as a voice of truth and beauty in this world, is now suffering in such a way–and then I begin to feel angry, like Bruce. There is no easy thing to do. I hope the best for Nina and for Hao, and everyday I will keep checking here for news.

    Thank you for what you do to spread the word about Wu Hao.

    Comment by midori — April 14, 2006 @ 2:19 am

  5. […] His sister Nina Wu continues to blog in Chinese about the ordeal.  We continue to post translations of her blog at Freehaowu.org. Here are some recent excerpts. On Day 50 she thanked everybody who cares: Today I received phone calls, emails, and greetings from friends one after another.  They were all asking about Haozi, but I disappointed them.  Currently the family members have no further information about Haozi.  Like everyone else, we are impatiently waiting.  Thank you, friends.  For the many ways in which everyone has spontaneously made efforts to help Haozi be free sooner, we sincerely express our gratitude.  Our family feels gratified to know that Hoazi has these kinds of friends.  I believe that the love from family members, friends, and all who know or do not know Haozi will allow him to see the springtime sunlight again soon. […]

    Pingback by Global Voices Online » Blog Archive » China: Hao Wu continues to be held without charge — April 14, 2006 @ 9:51 am

  6. Totally aggree with you, well said

    Comment by my affiliate list — May 26, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

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    Comment by htyenqosc — May 28, 2006 @ 4:41 am

  8. Fear, loathing, and perfunctory seduction

    Comment by zyban — May 28, 2006 @ 9:49 am

  9. Just been listening to the new album on their website and it sounds just as good.

    Comment by BONTRIL — May 29, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

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