May 31, 2006

Day 99: Nina comes out of hospital, resumes blogging

Filed under: Nina's blog — Rebecca MacKinnon @ 5:23 pm

On May 31st, after 14 days of silence and a stint in the hospital due to ill health and exhaustion, Hao’s sister Nina Wu wrote an entry on her blog titled “Dragon Boat Festival:”

With respect to the many caring inquiries from friends, I know that further silence will create more speculations and worries. So I am sitting in front of the computer to type up these words. I thank everybody for their concerns.

Due to reasons such as turning over my work responsibilities and also ill health, I have left Beijing for Shanghai. I have visited the doctor, entered the hospital and stayed a few days. I am still physically weak, so I did not go back to my blog.

Please believe me that in spite of all the various hardships in my life, I am not shaken in my resolution to strive for the freedom of Hao. I and my family believe that we will go past the threshold of 2006.

Today is the Dragon Boat Festival. Those who know and those who don’t know the news have sent in festive SMS. Following tradition, my parents bought the wrapped rice dumplings and artemsia plants. In his blog, my younger brother described the scene of wrapping rice dumplings in his youth at home during the Chinese New Year. Food preparation is one of the happiest moments in family life each year.

Actually, apart from that, there is another major family event as our parents will solemnly wrap the rice dumplings for the Dragon Boat Festival. The Spring Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival are the most fresh memories inside my head.

Today, my parents are aged and no longer have the energy to prepare everything. But they still follow the tradition and tell us to buy or personally prepare the various items. For this Dragon Boat Festival, we miss my younger brother’s contribution. I am silent. I am afraid that I will open up my mother’s wound and cause her to cry in pain just like last weekend. Sigh! The children will always be the gentle tear at the parents’ hearts.

Did my younger brother eat rice dumplings today? Did he share our common memories? It is such a plain but tremendous happiness to have one’s family around! I hope that this happiness will never leave us.


  1. […] Free Hao Wu: Day 99: Nina comes out of hospital, resumes blogging […]

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  2. Haditha Massacre

    On the morning of 19 November 2005, the Subhani neighbourhood was the scene of a roadside bomb targeting a US military patrol. It killed 20-year-old Lance Corp Miguel (TJ) Terrazas, driving one of four humvee vehicles in the patrol, and injured two other marines.

    A simple US military statement said: “A US marine and 15 civilians were killed yesterday from the blast of a roadside bomb in Haditha. Immediately following the bombing, gunmen attacked the convoy with small arms fire. Iraqi army soldiers and marines returned fire, killing eight insurgents and wounding another.”

    The tragedy of Haditha may have been left at that - just another statistic of “war-torn” Iraq. However, a day after the incident, local journalist Taher Thabet got his video camera out and filmed scenes that were not the aftermath of a roadside bomb.

    The bodies of women and children, still in their nightclothes; interior walls and ceilings peppered with bullet holes; bloodstains on the floor.

    Mr Thabet’s tape prompted an investigation, which passed details onto the US weekly magazine Time in January. Before publishing its account on 19 March, the magazine passed the tape to US military commanders in Baghdad.

    Following their findings, the official version was changed to say that, after the roadside bomb, the 15 civilians had been accidentally shot by marines during a firefight with insurgents.

    Eyewitness accounts suggest that comrades of Lance Corp Terrazas, far from coming under enemy fire, went on the rampage in Haditha after his death.

    Twelve-year-old Safa Younis appears in a Hammurabi video saying she was in one of three houses where troops came in and indiscriminately killed family members.

    “They knocked at our front door and my father went to open it. They shot him dead from behind the door and then they shot him again,” she says in the video.

    “Then one American soldier came in and shot at us all. I pretended to be dead and he didn’t notice me.”

    Hammurabi says eight people died in the house, including Safa’s five siblings, aged between 14 and two.

    In another house seven people including a child and his 70-year-old grandfather were killed. Four brothers aged 41 to 24 died in a third house. Eyewitnesses said they were forced into a wardrobe and shot.

    Outside in the street, US troops are said to have gunned down four students and a taxi driver they had stopped at a roadblock set up after the bombing.

    Other resource - My Lai

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 31, 2006 @ 7:30 pm

  3. We won’t forget Hao Wu.

    Comment by Steven — May 31, 2006 @ 8:34 pm

  4. Hey, I was just referred here and just wanted to say “hello” and that I posted a link to here from my own blog. I hope he’s freed soon.

    Comment by Malnurtured Snay — June 1, 2006 @ 3:57 am

  5. Jessica/Really — I think I speak for everyone involved with this blog when I say the Haditha Massacre highlights how the U.S. never should have started this war in Iraq. The massacre has become the top story in the U.S., where the images will be broadcast and where support for Bush will fall further as a result. I think we will all show our opposition to this insanity in Iraq in November, when we will vote the neo-con hawks out of office. You will see it happen because you’re in the U.S. Maybe you could tell us why you are there, anyway…

    Back to the point: Our friend Hao Wu is detained without charges, not allowed contact with his family and denied legal defense. You can bring up Iraq, treatment of minorities in the U.S., slavery, segregation. You could even go back further in history and rant about the Holocaust, the Crusades. By doing so, you merely demonstrate how threatened you feel that Hao’s friends and family want to see some due process in his case. I almost hesitate to point that out to you because you might come to your senses, but then again we have a long record of your racist ranting already.

    Hang in there Nina.

    Comment by Concerned friend — June 1, 2006 @ 4:06 am

  6. Nina, so glad that you are feeling better. We are all thinking of you and your family.

    Comment by Other Lisa — June 1, 2006 @ 6:34 am

  7. Concerned friend,

    I don’t think anyone should be detained without charges, not allow contact with his/her family and be denied legal defense. I am all for due process. Clearly, you should want these to happen not just in China, but also in the US, shouldn’t you?

    I notice you are somewhat more sophisticated than a few others posting here. One problem with people like you is that you make small lies, and you think people do not notice. For example, I don’t know what makes you believe the massacres in Iraq has been properly reported. It has been anything but properly reported by the US media.

    In fact, most of these US atrocities are never reported. The specific Haditha massacre is shamelessly under reported. Every discussion I heard so far is filled with defenders of the marines.

    You know what is funny – instead of changing the world opinions; the world starts to realize the true nature of the Christian theocrat. That is why we say democracy does not work. The horrific US regime reflects its boorish Christian majority.

    Besides, we all know Times sent the report to the US government for approval first. The news came in eight months later. How can you call that free media? You must have been brainwashed.

    Comment by jessica copeland — June 1, 2006 @ 7:16 pm

  8. Concerned friend,

    I must point this out as well. Your claim -

    “I think we will all show our opposition to this insanity in Iraq in November, when we will vote the neo-con hawks out of office.“

    - is laughable.

    I understand your passion for pushing democracy. However, don’t you realize that you do not have any power in election at all?

    I am not talking about mathematical statiscs at this time.

    Look, you pick or not pick politicians from a list – which is handed down to you by the authority.

    What power do you have?

    Why should anyone believe in the lies of any campainging politician?

    What a childish fool you are?

    I also notice you label my posts as a long record of “racist ranting”. Ha ha ha! That is called 猪八戒倒打一耙!

    Gladly the world can see my public posts. You know what, the world is not filled with people like you.

    Comment by jessica copeland — June 1, 2006 @ 7:29 pm

  9. Guess there’s no point in my mentioning that the Haditha massacre story was broken by TIME Magazine…

    Comment by Other Lisa — June 1, 2006 @ 9:49 pm

  10. “Jessica” — Your comment:
    “I don’t think anyone should be detained without charges, not allow contact with his/her family and be denied legal defense. I am all for due process. Clearly, you should want these to happen not just in China, but also in the US, shouldn’t you?”

    So we agree. And yes. If any of my friends or family members were detained without due process in the U.S., in China or anywhere, I would be relentless in publicizing the issue.

    If lawmakers supporting the Iraq war remain in power after the next election, your argument about democracy in the U.S. may have some validity. Let’s wait and see. There’s plenty of bandwidth out there to start your very own blog on the failures of the democratic process in the U.S. But I suspect you’d still be unable to resist squatting in unrelated blogs.

    Just wondering… Why do you prefer western names over names from your own country, and what made you decide to choose a university in the U.S.?

    Other Lisa — There’s probably no point in mentioning who broke the Haditha story. One of these days, I’ll wise up and ignore Jessica.

    Nina — We are keeping our fingers crossed for you and Hao. Hang in there.

    Comment by Concerned friend — June 2, 2006 @ 8:29 am

  11. Once again, the “concerned friend” fail to answer any of my questions.

    I wonder why you only care about your *friend* Hao. Do you see how narrow is that? Do you think that is a “moral high ground”? People that you do not know are not human beings?

    That cannot be the true cause for your behavior. I suspect you create this Hao issue for propaganda reasons. Tell you what; I think you have achieved the contrary of this goal. This is because you underestimate the complexity of people in the world.

    I am a loving person. I do not feel comfortable laughing at poverty and ignorance. I am not interested in a blog like this. I find the westerners love to do this due to their religious doctrine. Don’t deny it. You shall just look at the western blogs in China, or western blogs in any non-Christian nations. There is clearly a big problem there. The western way is not the only way right. Democracy is merely one of the many imperfect ways of the diverse world. The western self-centric mentality is religious. I remember seeing the pictures from a returning missionary group who went to Africa. All the pictures they took are of slams, dumpsters, beggars, third-worldly misery and poverty etc. They laughed at the pictures. The Christians need these to feel secure about their imagined God.

    I cannot careless about politics. There are western blogers labeling me as ultra-nationalist, or Maoist, or hired by CPC. I think people who get things this exceedingly wrong have big problems. This problem of the west is real.

    Most Americans still believe the devastation in Iraq is a “growing pain” for the ultimate Godly good. They have no clue what atrocity they are supporting. They are blind to their strong Christian bias.

    To enlighten the west is the only reason why I feel a strong need to carry on this conversation with such an arrogant and close-minded group. I do this out of my pure love for all people in one world. Believe me, it is not a pleasant experience talking to bumpkins and bigots.

    I realize my conversations with the west constitute an educational process for many. As I have said, there is no God. The Bible is a vicious fairy tale. Jesus Christ is the Santa Clause for adults.


    Comment by jessica copeland — June 2, 2006 @ 8:34 pm

  12. How much more damage can be done. Has the US army/government got any reputation, for which they would be worried if its damaged. Probably within the US, out of there i dont think so.

    As a Muslim, I have ran out of reasons not to dislike the US government. It’s like waking up everyday and being told “you must dislike me”. I have grown numb to attrocities of the US; they come to me as dead bodies to a coroner, without any emotions and are accepted as the nature of the US gov. Time will heal.


    Comment by Kaduna, Nigeria — June 2, 2006 @ 10:21 pm

  13. Concerned friend,

    Given this “discussion,” I guess it’s somewhat ironic that I have never been so ashamed of being an American, that I hate what is being done in my name in Iraq and elsewhere, and that I feel the things I do hold dear about my country (e.g., the Constitution and the rule of law) have been repeatedly undermined and betrayed by its leadership.

    But that doesn’t mean that I can’t speak up for a friend of mine who is being held unjustly. And it doesn’t mean that I have to put up with a load of specious garbage from our “really” little troll friend.

    Comment by Other Lisa — June 3, 2006 @ 10:59 pm

  14. On this, the anniversary of the June 4th Tiananmen Square massacre, let’s remember the people in China who sacrificed their freedom and their lives for what they believed in: representative government, and the social and political freedoms of speech and press. Remembering that Hao Wu is detained today somewhere in China, many months after being whisked away in the dead of night, should remind us that that dream has yet to be realized in China. Jessica, this is your cue to tell me how great Tiananmen 1989 was, accuse me of working for the CIA, and generally disgrace yourself. We won’t give up on Hao Wu.

    Comment by Steven — June 4, 2006 @ 8:58 pm

  15. they sacrificed their freedom and their lives not only for what they believed in, but also for their sons and daughters, for us, for our children and for the freedom of all chinese. we shall not forget them, we shall remember for what they died. if their death had awakened all chinese, Hao and hundreds of other people alike would not have been detained, and we will not have a chance to go to jail because we speak against evil.
    if our efforts are not in vain, our children will not be charged with pursuing freedom.
    Hao should be released. we all believe in that.

    Comment by a chinese — June 5, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

  16. If I did not remember wrong, the Tiananmen protest occurred decades ago. The participants were from a tiny percentage of the Chinese population - mostly naive students exploited by western conspiracy. Their then vision was proved to be unviable by the revolutions and consequential recessions in other parts of the world.

    During that time, the protest was encouraged by the Chinese Central Television (CPC funded), Voice of America (CIA funded) and BBC World Service (UK funded). All programs were interrupted. All channels asked people to go out and protest.

    However, it turned out that only students showed up. Other Chinese people appeared to be lukewarm about it.

    There is a reason for it. The specific incidence is nothing new to China. During the Cultural Revolution era, this type of political protests occurred monthly, if not weekly. Chinese people are so tired of political revolutions.

    Westerners think Tiananmen protest as something bigger than it really is. It is a direct result of the western media who knows little about China. Very few people died in the Tiananmen incidence. Indeed, more people were killed in the LA race (riot) massacre the same year.

    No one remember the people in the US who sacrificed freedom and their lives for what they believed in: racial equality, and the social and political equality of all minorities. We need to remember, right now, one million blacks are locked up in over-crowed prison. They sacrificed their freedom and their lives not only for what they believed in, but also for their sons and daughters, for us, for our children and for the freedom of all Americans. The simple dream of Martin Luther King and Mumia is yet to be realized in the US. When will the US government re-evaluate the repeated LA race massacres?

    P.S. for “a Chinese”,

    I have asked a million times, what is the “freedom” you are talking about? Anyone, anyone answer me please.

    Can you speak Chinese with me? Let’s see what kind of Chinese you are. Why do you only speak English? Can you imagine an American who only speaks, say, Spanish?

    Comment by Kaduna, Nigeria — June 5, 2006 @ 2:50 pm

  17. Very few people died in the Tiananmen incidence. Indeed, more people were killed in the LA race (riot) massacre the same year.

    The LA race riots happened in 1992, not 1989. Approximately 50 people were killed, compared to 200 for 6/4 (the official death count published by the CCP, and by far the most conservative.)

    No one remember the people in the US who sacrificed freedom and their lives for what they believed in: racial equality, and the social and political equality of all minorities.

    The Rodney King riots are mentioned in almost every American high school history textbook. And no, those protestors don’t deserve to be commemorated in the same way as the 6/4 protestors. The Chinese students, whatever problems you may have with their naivete or their politics, staged a peaceful protest. They did not go around killing innocent Hispanic, Asian, and Caucasian civilians as a way of airing their grievances about racial injustice in the U.S.

    Can you imagine an American who only speaks, say, Spanish?

    If an American is posting on a Spanish-language website, then common courtesy would dictate that yes, that American post in Spanish. But really, you’re much too set in your ways to believe that people with opinions different from yours can be Chinese, aren’t you? Considering the dubious quality of your opinions, that, frankly, is an insult to the Chinese.

    I have asked a million times, what is the “freedom” you are talking about? Anyone, anyone answer me please.

    Freedom of expression. Freedom of political assembly. Freedom of religion. Freedom from imprisonment without trial. Just to name a few.

    I’m not even going to rant and rave at you anymore, ‘jessica copeland’. I’ve realized you simply don’t deserve my anger, just like my dog - who shat on my carpet this morning - doesn’t deserve my anger. After all, it’s in her nature to drop turds wherever she pleases. Why shouldn’t I afford you the same consideration?

    So please, continue to drop turds whereever you please. We’ll just hold our noses and politely step over them, the way people do.

    Comment by nausicaa — June 5, 2006 @ 4:26 pm

  18. Nausicaa, please explain what is freedom of religion. Thanks.

    Comment by Kaduna, Nigeria — June 5, 2006 @ 8:19 pm

  19. The freedom to choose your religion, or to choose NO religion, to practice that religion freely, without interference from the State, and to not be compelled to practice a particular religion, or any religion at all, by the State.

    Separation of Church and State is another useful principle, one that I wish was practiced by the current US administration.

    Here’s a pretty useful quote from wikipedia:

    Comment by Other Lisa — June 5, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

  20. Oops. Okay, I obviously don’t understand the html instructions here…

    “n the United States, separation of church and state is sometimes believed to be in the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and by legal precedents interpreting that clause, some extremely controversial. The Establishment Clause states that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” However, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the Fourteenth Amendment (one of the Reconstruction Amendments) makes the Establishment Clause and other portions of the Bill of Rights binding on state and local governments as well, although it is arguable that this restriction on state and local government existed in Article VI of the unamended Constitution and that the Fourteenth Amendment was a clarification on the limitation of government power. Many other democratic governments around the world have similar clauses in their respective constitutions.

    The phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear in the Constitution, but rather is derived from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to a group identifying themselves as the Danbury Baptists. In that letter, Jefferson referred to a “wall of separation between church and state.”

    Comment by Other Lisa — June 5, 2006 @ 11:10 pm

  21. I do not understand why some folks use the examples of the US in order to support the way Chinese government is doing to Wu Hao.

    When did the US become the standard or measuring stick for China? Wu Hao I knew was very much against American imperialism and in support of Chinese governmental policies. What makes me puzzle and even angry is that even Wu Hao (who spoke highly of China) got this kind of ilegal and unlawful treatments. For those who write in this blog in support of Chinese governmental policies here, well watch out folks. It could be YOU next time!!

    Comment by Jimmy — June 6, 2006 @ 12:55 pm

  22. Other Lisa, Is “one nation under ghod” in the US pledge of allegiance a violation of religious freedom?

    Comment by Kaduna, Nigeria — June 6, 2006 @ 7:20 pm

  23. I use Lisa’s definition of religious freedom and political freedom: people in Dili have both. There are many Catholic churches on the Pacific Island. They have a democratic political system set up by the west. Now, look at this nation -;_ylt=Ao69UDcd2t1hLL.N.oDMeVzlWMcF;_ylu=X3oDMTA5bGcyMWMzBHNlYwNzc25hdg–

    Think about it. What is more important! Religious freedom? Speech freedom?

    I say political freedom is bull – money/economic development is the only thing that counts.

    Comment by jessica copeland — June 6, 2006 @ 8:58 pm

  24. Kaduna/Jessica/Really, in my opinion, “one nation under God” is indeed a violation of the principle of separation of church and state. There have been Supreme Court cases brought to have this line removed from the pledge, but so far these efforts have been unsuccessful.

    As far as I’m concerned, kids shouldn’t have to recite the pledge either. It’s a left-over relic from the Cold War.

    Comment by Other Lisa — June 7, 2006 @ 12:32 am

  25. To Lisa and all Chinese posters here:

    Do you want to see China look like this:;_ylt=AuIHVcR1hF1cYypYqCjaNwtgWscF;_ylu=X3oDMTA3dmhrOGVvBHNlYwNzc20-;_ylt=AjQWwzPI0Y.9JxSMYNmAjN5gWscF;_ylu=X3oDMTA3dmhrOGVvBHNlYwNzc20-;_ylt=ApdSNgLM2RL8_eVFD5NubD9gWscF;_ylu=X3oDMTA3dmhrOGVvBHNlYwNzc20-;_ylt=AqyDMqqgSWGdX0_sm_mpd5BgWscF;_ylu=X3oDMTA3dmhrOGVvBHNlYwNzc20-;_ylt=AqyDMqqgSWGdX0_sm_mpd5BgWscF;_ylu=X3oDMTA3dmhrOGVvBHNlYwNzc20-


    Comment by jessica copeland — June 7, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

  26. BTW, “Kaduna, Nigeria” is the same person as “Jessica Copeland,” using the same e-mail and posting from the same IP address belonging to the same upstate New York university.

    Comment by Rebecca MacKinnon — June 9, 2006 @ 4:51 am

  27. Rebbeca, if you respect speech freedom, please restore my post on freedom.

    For the others who do not have a chance to read it, let me redo it.

    Over the one month turmoil of Tiananmen riot, about 30 people passed away. In contrast, more than 200 blacks are deliberately gunned down by cops and troops in the LA race riots.

    No one has any freedom if he wants to be successful.

    Can politicians say anything they want to say?

    Can you speak your mind to your boss?

    Can you do anything you want to people around you?

    No, no and no.

    No wonder a well-known rock song says:

    “Freedom is when you have nothing left to lose.”

    Think about it.

    Religious freedom is in grieving confliction with the freedom of children. Why should healthy children be indoctrinated with such fear and hatred? If this religious freedom is a must –

    How about the freedom to use marijuana? Why this freedom is not in your list, Lisa?

    Who decides what freedoms are essential?

    The west think religious freedom is important, that is because the west lived under the iron curtain of the Pope for centuries.

    There is nothing free about religion. Religion is bondage, mental chain, prison and source of bigotry and hatred. The freedom of religion is the freedom for people to be deprived of all freedom. It is not a freedom. Just like locking people in cage is not a freedom.

    90% US Aids funding is given to the evangelical Christian organization headed by Franklyn Graham. Brazil is not qualified for the aid because they want to include female sex workers. Namibia is not qualified for the money because they want to teach to use condom.

    Do you call this religious freedom?

    Religious freedom means the green light for Lisa to preach the “good news” of Jesus.

    That is all the freedom the west is talking about.

    Comment by jessica copeland — June 10, 2006 @ 1:48 am

  28. We have been having some serious spam problems and a few non-spam comments may have been accidentally deleted in the course of deleting spam. Apologies if anybody had their comments deleted in this way and please feel free to re-post as JC has done.


    Comment by Rebecca MacKinnon — June 10, 2006 @ 4:00 pm

  29. Hey, nina, glad to hear you’re better! Keep up the good work.

    To the mystery person (whose name is obviously not the one supplied):

    Spam is not an issue of freedom. You’re doubtlessly a CCP apologist trying to divert attention away from Hao Wu. If you didn’t noticed, this website is not the White House. And Hao Wu is a Chinese citizen - what has he done to deserve this treatment? So what does any of what you say have relevance?

    If you don’t like your irrelevant posts being deleted, well now you know what it’s like for those people that have their voices censored in the PRC……

    (Rebecca, I wouldn’t hold it against you if you deleted all “her” posts and blocked “her” IP.)

    Comment by Raj — June 10, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

  30. Becky said:

    “BTW, “Kaduna, Nigeria” is the same person as “Jessica Copeland,” using the same e-mail and posting from the same IP address belonging to the same upstate New York university.”

    I rather guessed that - it wasn’t very well disguised, was it?

    So what’s your bet on who the troll is? A Chinese national studying abroad, or an American Chinese that feels a bit of a misfit and so vainly tries to find meaning by attaching “itself” to a country that “it” has probably never lived in?

    Comment by Raj — June 10, 2006 @ 10:59 pm

  31. Oh, one more comment to our mystery troll-spammer:

    I think what’s happened recently in Iraq is really bad. But, and you might try to ignore this, I feel as much for the families of those victims as I do for nina. And you don’t have the right to say we can’t express support for the poor treatment of a Chinese citizen because you think various countries have double standards. Address your comments to the US administration, rather than try to repress the comments of free citizens (who aren’t government spokesmen/women) on an unrelated topic.

    You said:

    “To Lisa and all Chinese posters here:

    Do you want to see China look like this….”

    I didn’t realise violating people’s human rights was necessary to prevent that. Are Chinese people that uncivilised that they’d start rioting if they didn’t have the fear of God put into them all the time?

    In any case, given that news of Hao Wu’s treatment is being kept from most Chinese because the mainstream Chinese media doesn’t report it, how can Hao Wu serve as an “example”? Obviously it can’t. So what’s the point? Does it give the Police or Chinese politicians a turn-on to know they can treat people however they want?

    By the way - I’m not American so you can’t catch me out over Haditha. ;)

    Comment by Raj — June 10, 2006 @ 11:17 pm

  32. Hello everybody… apologies again for our spam filter problems. I just liberated a whole batch of comments that had been held for far too long. I think the problem has now been resolved. Very sorry for this but we had to take some drastic measures after being subjected to some massive spam attacks.

    Comment by Rebecca MacKinnon — July 4, 2006 @ 2:56 am

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