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I criticize only what is permissble to criticize.
Actually, I am a coward, I say only what is safe to say, and I criticize only what is permissble to criticize.
From my many years' experience in writing and publishing, I could compile a Sensitive Words Glossary, in which you would certainly find the words "system", "law","government" as well as a large number of other nouns, serveral verbs, quite a few of adjectives, and even a few special numbers. The glossary would also include all names of religions, all names of important people, all countries, including of course China, and also the phrase ""Chinese people."
In many places in my new book, "Chinese people" was changed to "some people", or even "a small number of people". If I critiqued some part of traditional Chinese culture, the editor would change it to the "the bureaucratic of ancient China." If I brought up anything contemporary, he would ask me instead to refer to Zhu Yuanzhang, the founder of Ming Dynasty, or Wu Zetian, a notorious Tang Dynasty empress, or Europ of Middle Ages.
Readers of my book may think I'm mad. Obviously I'm writing about contemporary things so why am I repeatedly criticizing Empress Wu?
Well, the reader may be right: At this time, in this place, Chinese writing exhibits ssymptoms of a mental disorder. I am not a Chinese writer so much as a person with a mental disorder.
to be continued.
By Murong Xuecun, who got the 2010 People's Literature Prize (one of famous literature pizes in Mainland China), but he was unexpectedly barred from making an acceptance speech. He dilivered it instead on Tuesday before the Forign Correspondents Club in HongKong
published: Februrary 23, 2011