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Revision as of 22:09, 15 March 2016

我要作人 (wǒ yào zuò rén): I will be a person

Tan Zuoren (谭作人), whose given name literally means “be a person” is a writer and environmentalist who is currently serving a five year sentence for “inciting subversion of state power” because of his investigation into the collapse of schools in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

After Tan’s arrest, a popular refrain on Twitter was “The soul of a civil society is moral conscience and courage. I am not afraid! I will not be a lone spirit, and I will not be a living monument; I will be a person!” (良心與勇氣,是公民社會之魂,我不害怕了!我不作幽靈,不作活碑,我要作人!)

(The phrase, “I will be a person” has the same ring to it in Chinese as “I will be a man” does in English – however without the gender specific connotations.)

By saying or posting, "I will be a person" one could be voicing support and admiration for Tan Zuoren.

The phrase is also reminiscent of a poem written by Bei Dao, a poet often quoted by students during the Tiananmen Square Incident. Bei Dao famously wrote:

Perhaps the final hour is come
I have left no testament
Only a pen, for my mother
I am no hero
In an age without heroes
I just want to be a man

The still horizon
Divides the ranks of the living and the dead
I can only choose the sky
I will not kneel on the ground
Allowing the executioners to look tall

The better to obstruct the wind of freedom

From star-like bullet holes shall flow

A blood-red dawn







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