Han Han on Google leaving China - deleted post

Young adult fiction author, blogger, race car driver and current flavor of the month for American journalists and bloggers who cover China, recently posted a rather acerbic post that included a section on Google leaving China.

The post was deleted from his Sina blog, but copied on to another Sina blog which is still available in Google's cache.

The post is translated below by Julian Smisek:

What do you want to say regarding Google's exit from China?

I don't want to say anything. Google is a good company, and my phone uses Google's system. But regarding this event, as long as what you have to say is politically sensitive, whatever you say won't be of any use. The final outcome won't be good. It's nothing for them to delete your little essay. Google is not playing anymore. It withdrew to Hong Kong, and might even go back to America. If China's authors or media say anything sensible about this event, they also will be forced to stop playing. And where can they retreat to?

In truth, whatever Google's real reason for its decision actually is, it made a mistake when it announced its rationale. Google said that it was no longer willing censor sensitive content. Pay attention, the sensitive content it's referring to is not pornographic content. Government officials have never been sensitive to pornographic content. Not only are they not sensitive, I'd reckon that they're about as insensitive as numb dicks. The so-called sensitive content that Google is referring to is actually content that is not conducive to the government's interests. Still, how many real Chinese people actually care about the "opening up" of the "censored results?" In a normal country, the few that do could move people's reason, but in China they probably aren't much use.

China has 200 million netizens. If Google asked them whether they want to see uncensored content, I'd bet 200 million -- minus certain internet commentators -- would answer in the affirmative. Of course, this is just like buying food. People are always happier when you give them more. However, if Baidu offered to give netizens 10 RMB as long as they not only installed a new browser that blocked Google, but also used a search engine whose results entirely met -- or even exceeded -- China's laws and regulations, I bet more than half would accept.

Do Chinese people seek out dangerous universal ideals? Chinese people seek them, but they seek them at their convenience. To a lot of Chinese people, the value of seeking such things is not nearly as high as seeking an apartment building or an online game to play. Because everyone's life is so high pressure, they don't have any ideals. A mouthful of dirty rice is enough. There's no big difference between eating it while kneeling or eating it while standing up. Perhaps Google thought that freedom, truth, justice, and other such things would mean a lot to a large portion of Chinese netizens. But in reality, these things are nothing compared to a finding a 100 RMB bill on the street.

Really, Google would have been better off saying that it was leaving because China Central Television was framing it. That would be a bit more effective. Google's stated reasons for leaving do not resonate with the majority of Chinese citizens – there's nothing there for them to identify with. This is a race of people who can eat genetically modified grain and oil distilled from recycled food scraps, drink melamine-infused milk, and take inferior vaccines. Their tolerance is higher than you can imagine. Their needs are lower than you can imagine.

The original Chinese text is copied below.



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awesome. i can see why this is fauna's favorite chinese blogger.

It is interesting to see that Han is little by little moving to more serious writing, at least I get this impression from his blog lately.

A couple of weeks ago he had an article about how the "shitizens" distrust local authorities and always believe that appealing to higher governmenr bodies will solve their problem, but actually those higher authorities don't care about them. Of course the post didn't mention openly the central gov, but it was a very clear criticism to the whole system, pushing the thin line of what can be said...

On the other hand, when Han tries to do serious stuff he tends to mess it up very often. I guess the king of rallyes and teenagers cannot be asked to do some proper research work, 200 million netizens, WTF?

Interesting. But a buck fifty would not stir any Chinese I know. And his critisism of local government is pretty much what you can hear in any pub, or read in on blog, or newspaper in the UK.Things are not great in China. But its progressing.Albiet slowly.
I guess they need to see this kind of essay, regularly and often, to give them encouragement.

from that standpoint this is a useful blurb.

What is the evidence that things are slowly getting better? If you look at the reports from the International Federation of Journalists, you can see that repression of freedom of speech has actually got worse in recently.
By the way there are some mistakes in this translation: 混口饭吃 means to scrape a living, 地沟油菜 is food cooked with oil recylced from sewers, 搞到龟头麻木了, means fucked their dicks numb.

"Things are not great in China. But its progressing.Albiet slowly."

The first part of this quote is just fine. The last bit is not. In the areas of poverty reduction and freedom of expression, for example, things have been getting worse. The GDP fetishists may argue that China is kicking global economic ass, but you really ought not listen to such people.

The deletion of Han Han's blog post is just too pathetic. I'm embarrassed for whoever is responsible.

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