Han Han: Finding Happiness by Being Different

It is interesting that the official agency Xinhua runs a story on Han Han (in English only), who has openly criticized the censorship system, Green Dam and “Dofu-built schools.”

When racing driver Han Han flipped the bird at judges after receiving a penalty during the China Touring Car Championship in June, many asked if he had taken his tendency for controversy a step too far.

But he followed up on his blog, lambasting the Federation of Automobile Sports as “unprofessional” in enforcing rules and criticizing it for failing to impose penalties for prohibited pre-rally road surveys.

Asked whether he considered the influence of his obscene gesture on society, Han responded with typical sarcasm: “The only group that might be affected is the children, but I believe that with the protection of ‘Green Dam’ (filtering software designed to block violence and pornographic content on the Internet), they won’t be hurt.”

It was the sort of hard-hitting criticism that has made the 27-year-old the most popular blogger in China — and seen him hailed as the voice of his generation.

More stories about Han Han on CDT. [CDT just noted that the Xinhua article above is the same article that ran in China Daily in August.]


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