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This is my story, but maybe it's a portraiture of many Chinese people.|
Ten years ago, my husband and I came here for developing. We've been working hard and got some achievement. The tax we've paid is more than 10,000 yuan, but we own no benefits from the government, even the fair education right.
My daughter followed us here to study from the primary school. She is indeed a good, honest, and kind girl. She not only studies well, but behaves well. All the teachers praise her. But she can't get the fair treatment because of the education policy. When she graducated from the primary school, she was so good that she could gain the name "Three-good Student of Beijing City", but she lost it because she had no "hukou". Her headmaster explained it to me. I could understand, but she was a child, how could she understand it. She was struck heavily. After that she said she didn't like Beijing.
Though she is still a good student in the senior middle school, she hasn't joined the youth league. I can understand as a mother.
Now the biggest strike is coming! Because of "hukou", she has to come back to my hometown "Sichuan" to take the "university entrance examination". Everybody knows what it means to her. We said sorry to her. She said let it be. She didn't even complained anything, but I know she's sad. Recently she's not active as before, she is quiet and always in thought. As a result, she got the 20th place in this mid-term examination while she was always before the fifth place.
As parents we've tried our best, but we can't control the government. I have nothing to say except sorry from the bottom of my heart. I want to cry. Who can help me? Tears come down to my heart. I want to shout. Who can listen to me?
Now I can only hope that she can manage it herself. Never be defeated, be strong in heart and mind. I can only comfort myself with that saying "hardship may be something good for us." How I wish she could understand the former saying. How I wish she could grow up strong and go to the country where there's freedom and civil right.
I know this doesn't only happen to my family. There are thousands of families like mine and there will be more and more such families. When will it end?
As a college student of 1980s from a remote mountain area near Jiuzhaigou, though we were poor we had fair education right. At that time it's said only the university entrance examination was fair. If only we studied hard, we could go to college and change our fates. So I'm here today. Now I'm sad to say we even lose this last fair right.
There's an American song: this land is your land and this land is my land. Is this land under my foot mine, otherwise whose is it?
Early in America, the black woman could rufuse to give her seat to the white man. Now we even can't get in the "white area". Where is Martin Luther King? When can we Chinese people having the same skin and same color have the same right and fairness?
I want to cry not only for my daughter but for millions of daughters and sons of our people. What will our education teach them? Where will our country go?
[ Last edited by holly666 at 2008-4-23 03:43 PM ]