April 29, 2006

Day 64: Impact of Hao’s detention on his parents

Filed under: Nina's blog — Rebecca MacKinnon @ 3:38 pm

On April 26, Hao’s sister Nina wrote the following entry, “Can’t say to happy birthday to our father“:

After my parents have known Hao’s incident, they phone me everyday to discuss what we can do. When I tell them that I’ve tried every possible means but my efforts are in vain, all they can do is sigh. My mother asks every time: “This is a country built on law. How can it be?” Our parents have experienced the all kinds of events in their life and political pressure. After the adoption of opening up policy in China, the life of average citizens are better off, so is the legal system and political environment. Hao’s situation is like a huge blow to them, which tells them the reality is not so perfect as they’ve imagined. I know that every evening, our parents discuss it until midnight. They want to write letter to Minister of Public Security, President Hu and Premier Wen. Although I know all these efforts are useless, but I still provide them mail address, telling my father how to deliver the letter. My mother has been crying a lot recently. She wants to ask them:”My son is a good boy, why did you abduct him? You too are parents yourself, how could you do such thing with your own basic human
conscience?” They want to go to Beijing to make an appeal. I stop them because I fear that they can not stand such a physical and mental torture.

Last night when I spoke to parents, I suddenly realized that it’s April 26th, our father’s birthday. I hastily say happy birthday to father. Every year my brother and I would prepare carefully for my parent’s birthday. If we were not at home, we would send gift to them as a surprise, or ask other member of the family to hold a birthday party for them. This year, we have neither time nor mood to prepare a gift and it seems that my father’s birthday will be spent in gloom. Since the voice mail of my brother is still available, I left a message to him and some police officers in charge of this case, to inform them of my parents’ determination to go to Beijing
for appeal, to hope that my brother can get an opportunity to have a phone call to say happy birthday to his father. I also send short message to his mobile phone, which he will never receive.

Apparently the police can’t find any evidence of criminal charges against my brother, so why are they still putting him behind bars? When did they turn detaining into supervision and why didn’t they notify the
family? We and our lawyer can’t pay a visit to him and my brother lost his freedom innocently. Who can be responsible for what we have spent on time, energy and mind? We can not allow them to operate everything
behind the curtain. With the help of our lawyer, Wu Luanyan, we have already sent an application letter to the Beijing Bureau of Public Security, to request hiring a lawyer for Hao Wu. The UN human rights office also has feedback. I believe that everything is going in the right direction.

NOTE: Many thanks to our volunteer translation team of 5 people who wish to remain anonymous. They have been working hard to translate Nina’s blog posts almost daily.


  1. Comment by Steve — April 29, 2006 @ 2:07 am

    “Ah, but Jessica, I will win. As a minority myself, … You don’t like democracy? Have a better idea? You could always live in China if you believe the “people’s democratic dictatorship” is more to your liking. Bye! ”


    When it comes to economic development and minority rights, I say a combined political approach is much better than pure democracy.

    As we know, whites are racist and extremely anti new immigrants. But a large number of US polls show blacks are even more racist and hostile to new immigrants than whites. I think the foundation of such anti-immigrant sentiments is Christianity. I never cease to be amused to see how much hatred Christianity bestows onto believers.

    I notice the CNN uses blacks to bash Chinese nation in recent news. I find it laughable based on the clear poll data. What a nation of hostility and ignorance! I speak critical of CPC in China for many years … nobody ever pays attention to me. It is not just my personal experience. New immigrants as a group are repeatedly told what you have just said – something like – if you don’t like it here, go home ;-)

    I feel a need to educate you on that we Chinese reached California, centuries before Columbus and the following black slaves. If you don’t like me being in “your territory”, you are free to go back to Europe, Africa, etc. BYE!

    Comment by jessica copeland — April 30, 2006 @ 12:27 am

  2. Unfortunally it is the only thing I can do for you.

    Comment by marta — April 30, 2006 @ 2:25 pm

  3. I’m a strong supporter of immigration, and immigrants of all colors, ethnicities, nationalities, and backgrounds here in the United States. I believe the diversity of this country is what makes it so strong. I also believe Hao Wu should not be imprisoned for having a point of view. I believe in individual freedom and respect for people of all races and creeds, whether in the U.S. or in China. I don’t pick and choose. My point is not “go home”, my point is don’t take your freedom of speech and expression for granted. I think you do when you come to this website, devoted to Hao Wu’s plight, and you use it as a platform for everything BUT Hao Wu. Care about him?

    Comment by Steve — May 1, 2006 @ 6:50 pm

  4. Steve,

    How can you explain my personal experience of profound freedom, of all sorts – beliefs, money, rules, etc, to the degree of anarchy, in China?

    I don’t expect you westerners with 5-year-old level Chinese to understand China. So much of your radically biased perception is a result of childhood hate-indoctrination.

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 2, 2006 @ 12:10 am

  5. I don’t know, Jessica, maybe something having to do with your “5-year-old level English.”

    Comment by other lisa — May 2, 2006 @ 1:08 am

  6. to jessica copeland ,
    if American is perfect as you required, the world will be ruled by the perfect.
    if every chinese connives evil as you do, we will be destroyed by ourselves.

    Comment by a chinese — May 11, 2006 @ 2:43 pm

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