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While you and I are busy looking away

Today, on May 4th in 1919, the Chinese intelligentsia in Beiping (Beijing) called out “Mr. Science & Mr. Democracy”, marking the beginning of the “May 4 Movement”. A turning point that would have an everlasting impact on the future. The Land of Dragon set the first step towards a modern nation. One of prominent figures of May 4 is Lu Xun, the author of Madman’s Diary, in which he portrays the Chinese society and people in his typically sharp and merciless way. However, the free thinkers of China died with empty hands, for, that’s today’s reality. I’m not going to say we are guilty. But I’m going to say and am saying it. You and me, we are responsible for today’s world as it is.  That gives enough reason for a moment of commemoration. In the following clip, Pangu, the punk band in exile bemoans Lu Xun and the spirit of May 4, choked, strangled and killed when we looked away.

julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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