by Thorsten Pattberg (via Big Think)
BEIJING – Left picture: Gong Qifeng is traumatized and suffers from schizophrenia ever since the forced abortion of her second boy two years ago when she was seven months into her pregnancy. China’s ‘One-child policy’, although recently loosened, is still cruelly imposed on those living in the lower strata of society. The young pregnant mother was simply “taken away by officials,” Didi Tang from The Associated Press reported. The subsequent brutal procedure and the excruciating pain during her 35-hour ordeal (basically, it’s poisoning the unborn baby and, once it’s dead enough, pulling it out with a ruck) left her spirit broken and her family in shame. She and her husband, Wu Yongyuan, moved to Beijing this year to petition their plight to the central government, unsuccessfully.
Right picture: Zhang Yimou apologizes in public for having fathered three children (he acknowledged just three; the public says he may have fathered up to seven kids with his wife and three mistresses). He is sorry, he says, and will pay $1.2 million for cheating on the One-child policy, letting alone betraying his 1,3 billion countrymen. Ironically, the star director’s main theme in his movies like Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Latern, Hero, and The Flowers of War, is abuse and suffering, but never injustice. In fact, most of his plot characters do get exactly what they deserve, each according to his or her social rank, gender role, and personal circumstances – prostitutes get raped, soldiers get slaughtered, traitors get executed, emperors just get a moral lesson, and so on.