Saturday, June 11, 2011
A letter to my wife 4
I know why I always had a good feeling, because I had met a lot of smiles from strangers every day. If the people pass me, even if only once eyes met, the other will give me friendly smile. It is seldom happened in Shanghai.
Street performers like the city's graffiti in everywhere, become a cultural landscape. Artists are not beggars, they can win the respect and applause from passers. Everyone has the right to display their talents in any way, the police will not drive them. When I meet the street performers, I would stop and listen to their playing. Their voice always be mixed with the voice of the city, which is an indivisible whole, it’s wonderful. I noticed a detail that few Chinese artists in the street and very few Chinese will stop and give money to them, they are white and black.
I suddenly remembered that Ai Weiwei leave Beijing to New York that year,he said to his mother: I'm going home! I can understand his mood when he said this.
It is more clouds out the window, it’s rainning! Lightning, strong winds and rain.
Everyone I met will talk about Ai Weiwei with me , they know more than we do, I just listen. They talk about the Chinese government, China's human rights and freedoms. Finally, they told me that the Chinese government does not the Chinese people, just as the U.S. government does not the American people
Yesterday, I met a Japanese musician, she said to me: "I am so sorry for that war Japan to China." I did not think she would say this, I said: "It's history.We are good friends and good neighbors now. " My friend told me that the Japanese be welcome in America than Chinese. Because they are more politeness better than Chinese.
I can meet the parade on the streets every weekend. Sometimes they are hundreds people, sometimes thousands of people. They held up signs, shouting slogans, sometimes singing in unison. They smiled, it seems that this is their holiday. Police gathered around, helping to maintain order. Also, each police are heavily armed.
What is freedom? This is a really free country?
The rain is stop now, I think I'll go to a Thai friend's house for Thai food dinner. I bought a blueberry pie to bring, because I had seen Wong Kar-wai's film "My Blueberry Nights" , I always want to taste this pie.
Now is your 7:00 in the morning, kiss you!
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