A Late Night Phone Call – Xu Xing (徐星)

Beijing based writer Xu Xing wrote following post on his Xintianyou blog, thanks to M. J.’s :

The phone rang suddenly last Thursday at about two in the morning. An old friend of mine, a Latin American girl, was crying to me on the line: “Old Xu my friend, I can’t not call you…I had to call…you know, there, ’s hell, it’s like hell there…”

The girl just returned from interviewing at a mine accident in Shanxi with a European station. She called me as soon as she got home, in the middle of the night. I don’t know what she saw out there, nor did I know what to tell her. I simply said, you’ve been living in for so long now, how are you still surprised? She said, you don’t know, a few days ago, we just interviewed a jazz master, invited for an exorbitant fee from the US especially for the Olympics. With all the extravagance in Beijing, China has slowly become a huge of , it has the most developed industries, the most modern living, but in Shanxi there exists the most primitive, barbarous and cruel social relations and lifestyles. Such a reality has shocked her greatly, she cannot find her place anymore, and this psychological plummet has caused her to be in a despairing trance, as if traumatized. Therefore, she called me, full of tears, halfway through the night.

I admit, it is because I have seen too much, heard too much, that I am a little numb.

But for her, she is not numb, that’s good, be a little more alert on our behalf. Many thanks!

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