Chinain Ten Words by Yu Hun
Chinain Ten Words by Yu Hua
Whileother writers like Evan Osnos seem to be presenting promising viewsto China’s government and democracy towards economic development,Yu Hua presents a rather different approach to this subject. In hisbook, “China In Ten words” Hun explores today’s China’slurking crisis inspired by his own personal experience, that probablywere significant in China’s historical contexts as well as today’s.
Inthe text, Hun explored the need of the Cultural Revolution that is sobadly wanting by the suffering, struggles and hopes that he saw inthe Chinese population from that oppressive culture that was notguaranteeing the well being of the general population. All theseaspects he says, have led to the historical Cultural Revolution inChina. One major example that Hun uses to illustrate this is thedetails he gives while travelling on a packed train with the rest ofthe common population. He describes the pathetic conditions thatprevailed in the train as well as in every station that the trainstopped.
Inhis book, Hua mentions one of China’s famous and renownedintellectual authors, Lu Xun. Lu Xun’s name was very famous inChina that it transcended in other countries around the world untilhis death in 1936. Hun reflects such an intellectual of China andhimself and questions their role in building China. Until his death,Lu Xun only enjoyed a limited fame outside China, his homeland.Intellectual writers such as Lu Xun and Yu Hua have a traditionalobligation to speak against any forms of abuses of particularly powerin China. This indeed has been witnessed from the periods of culturalrevolutions where they began in schools.
Whiledoing so, they disregard whatever price they have to pay in theprocess, as it is their duty and obligation. And thus, Hua indicatesin his book that while he is registering the pain of his people, heindeed is also registering his own.
Inthe book “China in Ten Words”, Yu Hua mentioned the worddisparity that illustrated the contrast between his own predecessorsand the world that he lived in this period. However, it is clear thathis book, being a sharp criticism of China’s government was subjectto censorship just as was the case of other Chinese intellectualssuch as Lu Xun. Therefore, he will be forced to go publish his bookoutside China and he indicated that extreme circumstances limitedthis possibility.
TheDisparity also meant the unequal distribution of wealth among theChinese population. The gap between the poor and the rich isexplained in clear details according to his own personal experience.However, Yu Hua is advantaged with today’s technologicaladvancements such as the internet. This is because the moderntechnologies allow the book to reach millions of people from aroundthe world and share his insights on China’s crisis. In addition,there are many organized literally festivals from around the worldthat can be an ideal platform to call out for action in China.
Anotherword that features in his book is Shenzhai where Yu Hua was trying toconnect with the evident authenticity that is prominent among theChinese people. His personal experience was a part of a wakeup callthat would see China raise above all the social discontentment anddemand a good democratic government that is sensitive to the wellbeing of its citizens. Hu Yua’s book did not, however capture thewhole of China or indicate any kind of China’s economic growth andits international presence, but only concentrated on the basic humanwell being for a common Chinese person in China through details ofhis experiences.
YuHua has observed a lot of changes in China regarding the moralpositions held by the leaders. Despite the fact that he acknowledgesthe growth of the economy, he is perturbed by the manner in whichcorruption has equally grown a clear indication of moral degradation.He notes with nostalgic tone the ten million Chinese people whotravelled to Beijing in 2004 with the intention of redressing themany social hurdles and injustices that they were facing in theirrespective hometowns. However, the concerned people that weresupposed to listen to these grievances were not concerned about it.Instead, they were called on the police who roughed up on thesepeople and even cause injuries. Therefore, Yu Hua seemed reallydisturbed by this scenario that only indicated the overlying massiveproblems of societal disparity in terms of the rich and the poor.
Inconclusion, the book “China in Ten words” presents ideas of theCultural Revolution in China that are sympathetic to the Wu’s orLin’s view. In his words, Yu Hua described the Chinese society hadgrown to be a safe haven where the strong and able can freely prey onthe weak. Through this societal setting, Yu Hua described this as anadvantage to the strong where they could continuously flourishthrough forcing their riches while the poor remained in miserywithout any voice of their own. Therefore, given all these facts thatremain very fundamental for a healthy nation, I agree with Yu Hua andI believe that he is obliged to be the only sympathetic to Lin’sand Wu’s views on contemporary China.