PRC 外的虚拟中国/Virtual China outside the PRC: child labor on Youtube
Youtube is a forum for independent media that could never get a voice in China. Low cost cut-and-paste TV news clips, with voice-overs and bilingual subtitles, will be an increasingly powerful tool for cross-cultural dialogue. These types of DIY videos will also be rallying points in PRC 外的虚拟中国/Virtual China outside the PRC, for discussions that cannot take place openly online on the mainland, drawing a mix of patriotic zealots of all stripes: American and Chinese, right wing and left wing.
"Child slaves, Shanxi China" is the latest video posted on Youtube by a user named daughterofchina. Her earlier video on environmental conflicts in Wuxi and Xiamen was informative and provocative. "Child slaves," however, which deals with the recent Internet exposure of horrific forced child labor in a brickmaking factory in Shanxi, goes right over the top. If you want a hit of sensational sentimental drama, you’ll find it full force here, with an overwrought, verging-on-tears narrative tone, and also in the news clips of a runaway teenager who had been kidnapped but still didn’t want to return home, but who is convinced to do so by a parent who is looking for her own missing child. There is an Epoch Times kind of a feeling to this particular video.
The comments are a delicious sea of Chinese viewers living outside of China, and Americans arguing about contemporary American politics, with passion, cursing, and inevitable accusations of homosexuality. Selected comments below:
[yimaoyunyun] what I can say, we chinese just can’t fight with government anymore, we deserve torture. we deserve it
[fishhead06] No, you deserve freedom and democracy – the Chinese people need to rise
up and finish what the protesters in Tiannemen Square began.
[denbosz] based on what model? The American system? Where the media is controlled
by five corporations and to be elected people need to raise millions
from special interests to pay for campaigns. Where you can be in a war
where 70% of the population don’t want to be.
[xyzshimizu] actually all chinese are just slaves of commie dictatorship..all
chinese should fight for freedom against 1-party dictatioship. btw Free
Tibet, Free Taiwan, Free inner Mongolia, Free Uyghur!!!
[beefhead1984] free willy!!
[sadcow66] Hi..Well China’s Law Is Far From Perfect And Something Should Be Done
About It Before Its To Late And Many More Children Face This Fate And
They Need To Stop Killing Dogs For Fur And Meat Its Barbaric And
Because Of This A Lot Of People Are Becoming Racist. Thanks
[daughterofchina] I know. But maybe we’re too late already. You can not understand how I
feel. It’s the tragedy of our nation. So, friend, please help us to
spread this. Our voice was suppressed. I used to say that "life is
going on and tmr will be better", but now I feel I can hardly go ahead.
We’re destroying our future. It’s not only the gov to be blamed. We all
chinese are sinners. As for killing dogs, I do apologize. But I am vegetarian.
[beadtj] That is not I mean, general to say, I dont see any difference between
your opinion and CCTVs. you repeat the same story that DongFangShiKong
shows on TV. So, Why do you think, you are critcize the gov and the
CCTV not? How can you declare here CCTV is lying and you are not?
[noolympics] The CCTV never mentioned how uncooperative the local Shanxi government
was. The CCTV never mentioned the possibility of collusion between
local Shanxi government and evil businesses. The CCTV never mentioned
when the entire incident first happened. The CCTV never challenged the
responsibilities of the governments. The CCTV never mentioned that a
lot of Chinese are very disappointed about the CCP as shown on
[beadtj] That is too much requirements for a CCTV, but all of this can be found
in chinese media (another many CCTVs). Nothing can be hiding if it has
be discovered in china this time. Another big step to a opening country.
[beadtj] You are not only sometimes naive man. what kind of a serious narrator
are you? Trying to mislead the foreigner by translate. Seat by TV
without necessary investigate and copy the text and just read it aloud.
Typical manner from a uneducated chinese.
[Hey Lizzy] Actually the
news were published by a local TV channel, and then was wide spread in
the nation through Internet, TV and other media. The freedown was now
led by the highest level of the government. Although there are still
nearly one thousand of children awaiting to be set free, we are
attempting to search for them. As a Chinese, I don’t want to judge my
country. And pls, don’t judge China from only one video.
[classicieon] It’s true crime and we have to prevent this happened again by chastising these criminals.
thtat, we should let that "noolympics" shut the fuck up, as he insanely
roared me, it’s just likes I slaved those kids in his mind.
[noolympics] For someone who resorts to "barbaric" foul language, instead of
educated human logic, we surely know how reliable he/she is!
classicleon is a classic example of a Chinese communist!
[classicieon] I’m not a communist, even if I am, what’s wrong with that? but why you
care my words too much and keep dreaming about me? even if I don’t know
you. because you are a homosex, you keep thinking the way i am to
fulfil your sexual needs!
Coincidentally, I recently posted on Missing Persons websites–it looks like at least some of the missing younger people are probably in similar situations–kidnapped or tricked into brutal, exploitative work situations.
Danwei and ESWN have great round-ups on unfolding Shanxi forced labor events here and here.
4 comments on “PRC 外的虚拟中国/Virtual China outside the PRC: child labor on Youtube”
I like the cut of beefhead’s jib!
Very touching; I was deeply moved. Personally, I don’t view this as an issue of democracy and China isn’t ready for a democracy: I suspect that a Far Right (or Left) dictator would be elected by the majority, something that is not in the best interests of China, Chinese or even the West. You have to live here to understand this.
But as someone who strongly believes in justice (and as a Christian who believes in peace and justice as the major tenets of Christian works), well, this is a different issue.
The problem in China is that many cities, provinces and regions are out of control. The central government is doing an admirable job overall, but this place is a mess with way too many conflicting interests. I applaud Hu Jintao and especially Wen Jiabao, but the issues that they’re tackling — from Darfur to the domestic environmental crisis to income disparity to soft diplomacy to … — are quite a challenge, perhaps greater than the challenges faced by any major power.
Unfortunately, the inevitable result: YouTube will be blocked and this could also mean (more) trouble for Google in China. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that the central government won’t take actions against the perpetrators. They might; matter of fact, they probably will.
The reality is that unless issues are brought to their attention, they’re not addressed. They already have a lot on their plate.
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