This story (with video) was filed by CBS News Beijing producer Steven Jiang:
He’s been compared to the Tom Hanks character in “The Terminal” by news media the world over, but Feng Zhenghu had never heard of the Hollywood blockbuster until a supporter recently brought him a portable DVD player and a copy of the 2004 Steven Spielberg movie.
“I feel my life is a lot harder than the character’s,” the 55-year-old Chinese human rights activist tells CBS News. “The movie is a romantic comedy, and my story is more of a tragedy.”
Since Nov. 4, Feng has been an unusual fixture at the bustling Narita International Airport outside Tokyo. While the Hanks character became trapped at a JFK terminal when his native country was wiped off the map following a coup, Feng is a Chinese citizen with a valid Japanese visa. He refuses to pass through immigration checkpoints to enter Japan for a simple reason — he wants to go home.
But the Chinese government has blocked his path since mid-June. Airlines in Japan – including U.S.-based Northwest Airlines – denied him boarding four separate times, citing orders from Chinese authorities. On four other instances, he made it as far as Pudong International Airport in Shanghai – only to be sent back to Tokyo in increasingly forceful manners. After the last round of tussles, Feng put his foot down and began camping out at Narita
Click here to watch a music video: “Let Feng Zhenghu Return Home” on Youtube, made by a Chinese netizen, Flying White Cloud (白云飞）.
The music in the above video is from Taiwanese singer Feng Feifei (凤飞飞)’s famous song: The Road Home (归乡路) (1982), lyrics translated by CDT:
The Road Home
I try to set my sights beyond the far horizon The road seems to extend forever And is indistinct from the vastness of the earth I can’t find the words to ask the heavens True, there are thousands of waves deep in the sea of clouds But nothing can stop my determination to return home
The night has run its course and the sky is alreadly dim After experiencing all the vicissitudes of life How eager I am To once again see the mountains and rivers of my homeland And the brilliance of the Sun and the Moon there