April 19, 2006

Day 56, Part 2: Hao’s birthday ends, still no news

Filed under: Nina's blog — Rebecca MacKinnon @ 8:14 am

On the evening of April 18th, Hao’s 34th birthday, his sister Nina Wu wrote an entry, What else can I do for Haozi’s birthday?

Last night, after 11 o’clock, I tried to log onto my blog here on spaces.msn.com, but kept on failing to. In the beginning, I thought MSN was updating its server, however at 5am “the page you are trying to access is [still] unavailable”. The server has never taken that long to update. I tried a different way to go online—aha! It worked. When I tried to use the broadband in the apartment, it failed again. I could surf other sites, but could not log onto spaces.msn.com/wuhaofamily, nor my hotmail account. I had to resort to the clumsiest way to upload my April 18 entry and some photographs, at a snail’s pace, onto spaces.msn.com…I struggled for about an hour.

In the few hours between midnight and dawn, I am most efficient. Apart from finishing my blog entry, I also wrote a heartfelt email to the United Nations Human Rights Council, and I drafted letters to President Hu Jintao and President Bush as the sister of an innocent citizen of the PRC who has been detained without charge; the sister of a permanent resident of the United States who was supposed to celebrate his birthday at home…I managed to sleep about 2 or 3 hours and hurriedly got out of bed again:

1) Printed out various letters and documents;
2) Planned a way to send the letter addressed to President Bush to the US embassy;
3) Couriered the letter addressed to President Hu (will President Hu receive it in time?);
4) Sent another fax to confirm whether the UNHRC received my letter;

No matter what, my little brother should have a bowl of noodles for longevity on his birthday. I found a Chengdu Ming Xiaochi (Famous Snacks of Chengdu) restaurant near the apartment and ordered a bowl of dandan noodles. My little brother also has an insatiable sweet-tooth, so I ordered our famous Sichuan sweet dumplings with fermented rice. My little brother was absent, so I had to help him finish this simple birthday meal.

On Haozi’s birthday, there is no better gift than to wish him peace and safety. In the afternoon, I went alone to the Lamma Temple and lit three sticks of incense in every incense pot there was, silently praying for him. It is the sincerity that counts! I hope the omnipotent bodhisattva will hear our sincere prayers.

5 Comments »

  1. […] “My little brother also has an insatiable sweet-tooth, so I ordered our famous Sichuan sweet dumplings with fermented rice. My little brother was absent, so I had to help him finish this simple birthday meal,” she writes. […]

    Pingback by Global Voices Online » Blog Archive » China: Detained blogger missed — April 19, 2006 @ 7:43 pm

  2. Huh. Did somebody land in the wrong website?

    Comment by Other Lisa — April 19, 2006 @ 9:36 pm

  3. Uhoh- looks like you got hit by Mr SpamALot.

    My sympathies are with you on your brother’s birthday. We *must* find out why Hao has been detained and demand that the Chinese government give him due process.

    Comment by FruJu — April 20, 2006 @ 2:44 am

  4. Huh, makes me wonder if Jessica Copeland “surgically” changed to Bo Chen.
    Someone said before, Jessica wasn’t real…Neither is Bo Chen.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 20, 2006 @ 3:24 pm

  5. I hope for the best

    Comment by penis pills — May 26, 2006 @ 8:14 pm

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