In my second shout-out of the day, I’d like to address Xi Jinping’s apparent “anti-corruption” campaign in China, in which he is using his power, under this guise, to attack his political enemies. His most recent target is Jiang Zemin, former head of the CCP. From surveillance, to arresting his second-in-command and his brother, it appears to be a gross misuse of power. A clear political threat to Xi, Jiang is the main target of this targeted attack.
Though some see this as a legitimate anti-corruption campaign, Xi has shown that he is corrupt in many ways himself, and time after time he demonstrates use of his power to put down his political rivals. China must reject the status quo if it ever wants to retain any ounce of political freedom.
Realizing I may have neglected my readership for a week, I will be posting two consecutive shout outs, you’re welcome.
For last week, I would like to give a shout-out to the concurrently famously and infamously religious street in Shanghai, Changyang Street. During the second World War, it served as a refuge for thousands of German Jews escaping Hitler’s Persecution. As a result, it became known as the “Paris of the Orient.”
However, just across the street is a massive prison, Tilanqiao, which is home to thousands of religious prisoners, largely Falun Gong practitioners. Since the crackdown of 1999, reports indicate that 千千万万为Falun Gong practitioners have been beaten, tortured, killed, and had their organs harvested at this prison. Nonetheless, tight control by the Chinese government prevents domestic or international confirmation of these clear human rights violations, enabling the government to continue its horrendous organ business.
I continue to stand by the petition I signed to the US Congress to work towards exposing these violations. I believe that political motives are preventing other countries from taking action, and I think that it is unacceptable.
As CIT South Bend moves into the more advanced stages of its video project, we are narrowing in on one suspect to bring the class full circle: Falun Gong. From Lagerway’s concept of China as a religious space to the idea of religiogenesis, Falun Gong fits the mold. We are using it as a means to express the idea of religion in China as a whole. The way in which it combines traditional Chinese practices of exercises and healing with ideas of morality and virtue encompasses many of the values of Eastern and Western-eastern religions and “Zongjiao’s.” Li Hongzhi’s practice has changed the face of religion around the world, but serves as a solid lens through which an outsider can try to understand just how religion functions as an integral part of everyday life in China.
I’d like to give a shout-out this week to the Chen family in China who bought up a plot of land and built graves for 23 of their relatives who have yet to pass on. In China, it is very difficult for 老百姓 (common folk) to get a burial plot, and they must be rented from the government. However, this family is using their ability to have grand graves as a way to demonstrate their prestige, and also demonstrates the Chinese reverence for honoring the dead. It is also salient to the concept of the Cult of the Saints within Christianity, having a beautiful, tangible, and visitable location in which to honor the dead.
via The Epoch Times
After nine weeks of our investigation, we have seen many different examples of practices that have helped us to understand the Chinese treatment of religion, rather than specifically studying those religions themselves. We continue to examine the idea that practice is what is important for defining religion in China, not belief. This hypothesis is especially relevant because one major goal of the Chinese people seems to be to classify just about everything, whether that classification is accurate or not. Thus, if you do not fall into one of their accepted classifications (such as a Falun Gong practitioner) you are subject to brutal persecution and even organ harvesting and death. This class has provided a completely different perspective on China which diminishes my opinion of the current state of the country on a daily basis. While I do not define a country by its government, rather by the character of its people, the Chinese system disgusts me, and I feel that it is rooted in evil and sits on a “throne of lies.”
I’d like to give a shout-out this week to the study revealing apparent organ harvesting to source organs for transplant at Tianjin First Central Hospital. Though the Chinese government claims that the sourcing for organs comes only from officially executed prisoners, a closer look at the numbers proves this to be false. Moreover, it is apparent that the amount of transplants actually performed at this hospital is much higher than the number that is reported. Epoch Times once more points to the claim that the government is harvesting organs from captured Falun Gong practitioners and using these organs to fuel their lucrative transplant business. The fact that there is not widespread international outcry is horrifying to me, and I hope something can be done sooner rather than later to halt this disgusting practice.
via Epoch Times
Shout out this week to the bomb threat used as an attempt to derail a Falun Gong conference in Hong Kong. A call was made warning of a bomb at the January 17th conference, forcing an evacuation of the entire hotel. Security claims to have spotted a member of the Hong Kong Youth Care Association earlier near the place of the fake bomb. This organization is a state sponsored group that repeatedly engages in the harassment of Falun Gong practitioners. Five individuals have reportedly been arrested. In my opinion, this harassment of Falun Gong has absolutely no merit and is caused either indirectly or directly by the Chinese government. There is no reason for average citizens to have any problem with the “cultivation group” unless their opinions have been swayed by government propaganda.
Via Epoch Times