To YANG Chunhong, SHANG Weili, GAO Yingying, YANG Daili…
and to all insulted and injured women
to all brutal and predatory men
to my indifferent and silent humankind
By Sheng Xue
Trans. Wan Zhi and Brenda Vellino
It is often said
That poetry should be exciting and heroic
Or beautiful and lovely
To sing the sunset and the morning dew
To praise soft wind and mild rain
To celebrate love and friendship
But when I confront you…
When I look at your bodies…
When I see your tongue bitten off
Your red lips a wordless hole
When I see your breasts excavated
Your remains defiled in blood
When I see your limbs broken
Your fair form cut to pieces
When I confront you…
Your vagina lacerated and torn
your womb punctured and pounded
When you are trampled like an animal
raped ravaged razed ravished….
censured by the insensitive…
cursed by the mad
laughed at by the ruthless
played or displayed in front of the masses
My poor sisters and my same kind
I cannot write a poem decent and graceful
I cannot sing a song fluent and beautiful
Yang Chunhong, Shang Weili, Gao Yingying, Yang Daili* …
And more in the list who are nameless
And more in the list who are dying
To be young is tragic except you sell yourself
To be pretty a disaster except you gives up
To be young and pretty but still want dignity
Is like suicide in silence.( lacking of living skills)
People must have seen your disdain
Although young you do not yield to power
People must have seen your stubbornness
Although weak you do not surrender your beauty
People must have seen you falling, falling down in your blood
People must have seen your last resistance
Although it cost your life you claim dignity
Which is why we live on
All your struggle your crying your shouting for help
buried in vast violence
disappears in the iron barrel of silence
Nobody helped you
Nobody helps you
Continually . . . murders and their might
Surrounded by collaborators without sight
Officials say, “who cares,
You were born in China.”?
A world where there are only wolves and sheep.
Either as a wolf or a sheep
Forget about your dignity your freedom your morality
Give up all your sympathy and kindness
You should either be a master or a slave
China is a world where few are masters
China is a world where many are slaves
Power is law and money is morality
No power no money you go to hell
GAO Yingying, 18 years old, was from Laohekou City of Hunan Province. She worked at a hotel and was raped by high-ranking officials; when she resisted, she was thrown out of the window from the tenth floor of the hotel. After her murder, the police were forced to cremate her body, fabricate evidence, and threaten her family members to keep silent. Some witnesses died mysteriously.
ZHOU Junli, 20 years old, is originally from Henan Province and worked in Tongxiang City, Hunan province. In order to escape rape she jumped from the fourth floor of a building and became paralyzed.
Xiao Jing, 17 years old, is from Sichuan Province. To escape rape she also jumped from a high building and became paralyzed.
HUANG Jing, 21 years old, was a music teacher at Linfeng Primary School, Xiangtan City, Hunan Province. She was raped and murdered in her dormitory inside the school. The authorities fabricated the autopsy report, destroyed the evidence, and threatened her family members against bringing a case.
YANG Daili, 17 years old, worked at a hotel in Dazhu County, Sichuan Province. She was raped and murdered by some officials. According to the autopsy, her body had many holes and several broken teeth. Her tongue was bitten off and breast excavated. Her private parts (vagina and womb) were lacerated. But the local authorities set obstacles for an investigation and raised local people’s anger, which led to a demonstration.
SUN Jingyun, 18 years old, was from Guannan County, Jiangsu Province. She was raped the night of August 11, 2006 on her way back home after work. She was beaten to death. When her family members reported this to police, they themselves were beaten. The local police authorities refused to investigate.
SHANG Weili, 19 years old, is originally from Dinggang Village, Tanghe County. She worked for a restaurant at Tanghe City and on the evening of July, 1999, she was arrested by the local police for false charges and insulted. She jumped out from the high building of the police authorities and became paralyzed.
YANG Chunhong, a company employee was at a holiday dinner with some officials at Jiaojiang Hotel, Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province. When she was unwilling to drink alcohol with them, and accidentally spilled some Sprite on the hand of Ding Linchao, Director of Water Conservancy Department of the city, Ding asked Jin Huabin, the Chairman of the local workers union, to beat Yang. The beating was so violent the Yang had to have had her face sewed with 59 stitches. Yang sued the officials but on June 7, 2006, Yang herself was arrested and put into prison.