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·在以色列人权圣火传递集会上的演讲
·澳洲新总理陆克文的中国政策
·澳洲女官员性贿赂丑闻引发的政坛地震
·澳洲人关于北京奥运的20个和1个
·澳洲媒体热议“克文诤友”
·印度司机“闹事”对澳洲的贡献
·四川地震带来的挑战
·澳洲施“休克疗法”应对气候变迁
·地震救了中共?
·发展不是硬道理
·色情还是艺术?
·色情还是艺术?
·儿童色情泛滥带来的隐忧
·澳洲的部长不如中国的城管
·澳洲的马与中国的人
·西方的“办公室恋情”与中国的“包二奶”
·从悉尼世界青年节看宗教信仰
·澳洲版“三峡工程”的命运
·从澳洲的色魔想到中国的杨佳
·澳媒报导奥运 看穿开幕式“玄机”
·澳洲“排污交易计划”的三个看点
·迈塔斯报告震撼国际器官移植大会
·“中国造月亮即将着陆”
·“中国造月亮即将着陆”——Not Beijing, but faking?(不叫北京,叫造假?)
·中国股市的实质 (上)
·凤凰台节目提供活摘法轮功学员器官新证据
·秋江水冷鸭先知
·中国股市的实质 (下)
·从欧卫事件看中共最怕
·比比中澳两国的义务教育
·想结婚吗?先拿个学位
·张丹红事件解析 (上)
·张丹红事件解析 (下)
·选民用脚投票 澳政坛"变天"时代到来
·澳洲政坛新贵、"史上最富"总理侯选人坦博
·新闻简评:墨尔本市长苏震西退出澳洲政治舞台
·三千万与四百二十亿的不同遭遇
·评新华网《卫生部等5部门制定三聚氰胺限量》
·教育经费-压在中国百姓身上的一座大山
·中国能救澳洲吗?
·澳洲是否会陷入美国式经济危机
·我看澳媒对悉尼留学生坠楼案之报道
·澳洲昆士兰大学生采访曾铮并制作揭露迫害法轮功短片
·瞧瞧人家的"问责"!——兼议三聚氰胺限量
·视频:评澳洲新反恐法生效后被捕的第一名嫌疑人哈尼夫案
·此报告非彼报告
·视频:北京奥运绕不过去的两道坎
·视频:胡锦涛面临的内外交困
·澳总理陆克文执政周年“小结”
·我对澳洲人民进行了爱国主义教育
·视频:【澳媒观察】APEC与澳洲的“外交洗牌”
·图片游记:澳洲最老内陆城Goulburn(一)
·图片游记: “往日的美丽”————游世界上最大个人古董级茶壶收藏馆
·游Goulburn:啤酒中的“阴谋”和秘密——澳洲最老内陆城Goulburn(二)
·视频:【澳媒观察】西澳百年老屋被拆引起的争议
·永不会“饿死”的Goulburn地主以及…… ——游澳洲最老内陆城Goulburn(三)
·视频:【澳媒观察】中国人到澳洲旅游遭遇的陷阱——准备到澳洲旅游的朋友看过来!
·视频:【澳媒观察】联邦大选 鹿死谁手
·澳洲的离婚及孩子"共同抚养"问题
·视频:【澳媒观察】联合国的腐败和堕落
·大雪美景·极品泰山(一)
·曾铮今天申请成为中国过渡政府新公民
·组图:大雪美景·极品泰山(二)
·杨师群被告密,原来是为法轮功和九评!
·申请成为过渡政府新公民之补充说明
·视频:【澳媒观察】大把撒钱的競選
·视频:【澳媒观察】维州警官泄密丑闻引起的震动
·视频:【澳媒观察】工党获胜分析及展望
·视频:【澳媒观察】气候变迁:澳洲Vs中国
·视频:【澳媒观察】从一次州葬看澳中维权者的不同命运
·视频:【澳媒观察】山西黑窑奴工最新内幕
·视频:【澳媒观察】小医生打败大政府的故事
·澳媒聚集中国“农民土地革命”  
·悉尼歌剧院及其设计者之“世纪恩仇”
·视频:迟来一百多年的道歉
·视频:澳洲和日本的“鲸鱼”之战
·视频:从中国雪灾看澳洲的灾害应对
·视频:评澳洲新总理陆克文的中国政策
·视频:澳洲卧龙岗市女官员性贿赂丑闻
·CHINA IN 2008
·视频:澳洲人关于北京奥运的二十个和一个
·组图:圣诞前夜的悉尼
·组图:悉尼圣诞橱窗装饰集锦
·澳主流杂志邀法曾铮评08年中国大事
·视频:想结婚吗?先拿个学位
·视频:澳洲媒体热议“克文诤友”
·图片游记:可在树梢上散步的悉尼伊拉娃娜公园
·(中国聚焦第57期) 高校中的“反革命”事件
·视频:澳洲2020精英高峰会
·视频:印度司机“闹事”给澳洲带来的贡献
·比比澳洲的真精神病与中国的假精神病
·视频:澳洲施“休克疗法”应对气候变迁
·澳警击毙少年将引发骚乱吗?
·视频:四川地震带来的挑战
·视频:发展不是硬道理
·视频:曾铮为澳媒点评中国大事
·视频:色情还是艺术?
·今日完成向中国过渡政府纳税程序
·视频:儿童色情泛滥带来的隐忧
·视频:澳洲的部长不如中国的城管
·望子成龙缘何招致“飞来横祸”?
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Yang Jun


    Yang Jun–the Man in the Middle of the 'Metal Storm'
   
   The first time I saw Yang Jun was at a forum on the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party in 2005. When he stood up to speak, I could hear whispers in the audience, as though many people there knew him and were talking about him. I didn't know what was special about him, and why he could generate such attention. I asked the people around me and was told, "He was a student leader during the Tiananmen Square Massacre in China. Almost every Chinese person in Sydney knows who he is. He hasn't appeared in public for many years!"
   I didn't realize he was a celebrity. Since then, I often saw him at public gatherings or forums, dressed quite formally. Whenever he spoke, he almost always became excited or came to tears. He also called himself an artist.
   I had a hard time putting together his two identities of "student movement leader" and "artist." I began to pay more attention to him. Eventually I had a chance to have a long talk with him. His colorful life gave me the inspiration to write about him.
   A few months later, I finished interviewing him. Before I began writing, Yang Yun made an announcement on Australian national TV during the 57th anniversary of the establishment of the People's Republic of China. He revealed that the Chinese Communist Party wanted to purchase the Australian weapon technology "Metal Storm" for US$100 million. Again, Yang became the center of attention. He not only refused the US$2 million offer by the CCP to broker the deal, but also disclosed the details to mainstream media. The next day, reports about him appeared on the front page of the newspapers.
   Knowing him, I was not surprised by this turn of events. His passion determined that his life would be like a flame, burning fully and brightly.
   'Jun, Remember, You Will Always Help Those Who Need Your Help'
   Yang Jun was born prematurely in 1956, after only 7 months of pregnancy. His parents were both in the army. Eight months after he was born, he was sent to live with his grandmother in Anguo County, Hebei Province.
   Yang Jun's childhood memories revolved around poverty. He grew up during the so-called "Three-Year Natural Disaster" period, which was actually a catastrophe caused by the Great Leap forward movement [1] . On most days his family ate elm leaves mixed with ground corn. This left their stomachs feeling very bloated and uncomfortable. Although there were a few buns hanging from a beam of the house, they were for emergency use only.
   Yang Jun remembered that there were often beggars who came by. When he was four or five, an elderly beggar came to the village carrying a worn sac. He had a young child with him. Yang's grandmother didn't say anything and took down the buns they stored for emergency use. She gave away almost all of them to the elderly man. The man and the child knelt down on the ground and said to Yang's grandmother, "You are a living Bodhisattva!"
   However, Yang's aunt was annoyed that Yang's grandmother had given away their emergency food supply. His Grandmother didn't argue. Instead, she held Yang in her arms and said, "Jun, remember, you will always help those who need your help."
   Although he was only a young child, Yang Jun remembered those words as though they were etched in his heart. It changed his character forever.
   A Beginning in Music
   When Yang was eight years old, his parents retired from the military and became civilians. They took Yang to Beijing to attend school. A year later, his grandmother passed away. Yang really wanted to go to her funeral in Hebei Province, since of all his relatives, he was closest to her. But his parents feared the visit would interrupt his studies, and thus did not let him go. He missed his grandmother and cried towards the north in her direction everyday.
   At that time, when he was suffering excruciating emotional pains, he heard someone playing the clarinet upstairs. Much later, he learned that it was Dvorak's New World Symphony. This was composed when Dvorak was living in America and reflected nostalgia for his home country (today's Czech Republic). Although he was only nine years old and had never studied music, Yang felt that the music had touched his soul deeply. Perhaps because the feelings of nostalgia coincided with the longing for his grandmother.
   He felt a wild urge to study and play the clarinet. He thought only by playing the clarinet and joining the New World Symphony would he be able to express his feelings for his grandmother and where he grew up.
   His parents were soldiers. Although they lived in an area assigned to the Ministry of Culture, nobody in his family knew music. A famous actor who lived nearby said, "Yang Shuxun's son wants to be a musician? It's like a toad wanting to take a bite off of the swan."
   Yang Jun had the same determination for studying the clarinet. When other kids played, he rode his bike to a small patch of trees near Qianmen. The area had a strong stench due to the garbage and sewage piled up from the construction of the subway. He practiced there no matter how hot or cold the weather, often until his lips broke. Because he didn't have a teacher, he often rode his bicycle for more than an hour in the winter, from Taoranting to Hepingli, just so he could hear others play from outside the window. Once he stood there for so long that people thought he was a thief, and almost arrested him.
   His efforts were not in vain. In 1977, when the universities were restored for the first time since the beginning of the Cultural Revolution [2] , the then "Central May 7 Arts University" [3] was looking for two clarinet students. Yang was one of the two out of several hundred applicants accepted, thus earning the privilege to study under the famous clarinet professor Tao Chunxiao.
   After graduation, Yang Jun became the first clarinet player and the leader of the woodwind section of the Ballet Troupe at China's Dance Academy. He was later promoted to the deputy leader of the orchestra. In 1983, he began working for the Chinese Light Music Troupe as a soloist. He was honorably put in the second highest category of national actors.
   A Life-Changing Moment
   The hall of music was not as pure and sacred as Yang had imagined. It was, unfortunately, also full of conflicts and power games. Having always resented sycophancy, Yang began to contemplate leaving. Coincidentally, the deputy director from a music university in Canberra visited China and agreed to sponsor Yang to study for a Master's degree in music in Australia.
   Yang Jun arrived in Australia in March 1989. In April, the Tiananmen Square student movement began in Beijing. Yang organized performances with Li Xiangqin from Hong Kong and some actors from Taiwan to raise funds for the students in Tiananmen Square.
   June 4, 1989 was a Sunday. It was pouring rain in Sydney. Yang Jun carried his clarinet and wore a tuxedo. He was ready to perform for another fund raiser. As soon as he walked into Chinatown, he heard the news: The Beijing government had begun a massacre. Tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square and killed civilians and students.
   Yang felt blood gushing to his head—his life's journey came to a turning point. He handed his clarinet to the person walking next to him, who he didn't know at all, and picked up a wooden stick. Someone tied a piece of red cloth to the stick. Yang raised the stick, crying, and shouting, "Follow me, all the Chinese with conscience!"
   Yang marched towards the Chinese consulate, leading several thousand Chinese people. The angry mass crushed a column outside of the Chinese consulate. A student who's leg had been broken in the middle of the riot was airlifted. Some people threw eggs and inkbottles at the consulate.
   At the gathering of a few thousand people, Yang said, "Before, music was my life and my everything. But the gunshots and tanks crushed my dream of music. The innocent students gave up their lives for China's democracy. From today on, music no longer belongs to me. The movement for China's democratic future is now my life!"

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