'Net bullies target Chinese student participants in pro-Tibet protests


Above, a counter-protest by students at Duke University supporting the notion that "Tibet belongs to China, and will always belong to China."

A Chinese student at Duke who participated in pro-Tibet protests on campus -- after befriending her Tibetan dorm-mate -- has become the target of brutal online and offline attacks. Thousands of nationalist Chinese thugs (some claiming to be Duke students) see her actions as "traitorous," and have threatened her with personal attacks in comment threads and, apparently, in person.

EastSouthWestNorth blog refers to the mob vigilanteism as "China's Human Flesh Search Engine."

Online, the bullies have posted her photograph, her US phone number, Chinese identity card number, her parents' address and home number in China. Offline, her parents' home in Qingdao is said to have been attacked with rocks, and her parents are now in hiding.

John Kennedy of the Global Voices blog has posted some of the comments and threats to her and her family here. (coverage also here, thanks Nick)

In related news, BB reader Matthew says,

On Tuesday, April 15th, Chinese students staged a massive protest against a pro-Tibet rally at UCLA. Here is a translation of the call to arms, as it were. Also pictures and video.
And BB reader Dubi points us to yet another video, in which:
National security advisor Stephen Hadley speaks on ABC about the Olympics and how it relates to the Tibet situation. He calls Tibet "Nepal." The kicker is that George Stephanopoulos does not catch the gaffe even after it is repeated 8 times.

Previously on Boing Boing:

  • Vlog (Xeni): Tibet report - monks forced to participate in staged videos.
  • Pro-Tibet protesters scale Golden Gate Bridge in SF
  • Tibet: nearly 1,000 jailed in Lhasa, Dalai Lama offers to resign
  • Xeni on G4's AOTS re: Tibet and China's 'net blackout
  • Tibet: China blocks YouTube, protests spread, bloggers react
  • Tibet: more deaths, injuries in Lhasa as crackdown grows
  • Tibetan protests in Lhasa turn violent as Chinese forces crack down
  • China sends in troops to quell monks' peaceful protests
  • Police attack peacefully protesting monks in Tibet
  • Protest inside Tibet captured on tourists' cameras
  • Hacking the Himalayas: Xeni's stories and trek-blog from Tibet and India
  • Boing Boing tv: Miss Tibet/Eames Elephants
  • Google, China, and genocide: web censorship and Tibet
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    1. Kudos for Ms. Jardin for bringing this to our attention. I had a brief conversation with a friend, a Chinese national, and he was pretty dismissive of Tibetan grievances as well.

      The Chinese are fiercely nationalistic, as befits a great nation. Their greatness also encompasses a great deal of mischief and brutality, which again comes with national greatness.

      What should be noted is the high spirits of the competing demonstrations. People might have been haranguing each other, but they were also listening and behaving well. One might wonder if such a demonstration could take place in China. And before we knock the Chinese, we might also remember all the peaceful demonstrations that have been infiltrated and violently disrupted by police in the USA, such as the protests at the Republican Convention in New York City in 2004.

      The online vigilantism is pretty disturbing, but there’s no evidence that it is officially sanctioned. What this vigilantism does bring into question is our own liberal notions regarding free speech. Should such threatening speech be censored? Should Google protect this women by blocking searches for her name?

      Solving the injustices of the world are not easy, primarily because one person’s justice, be it freeing Tibet or censoring the Internet, is another’s injustice.

      And as a typical provincial yahoo of an American, I couldn’t help but think of this as I watched the video.

      Yes, I’m very ashamed of myself, but also laughing.

    2. “the Chinese are fiercely nationalistic, as befits a great nation. Their greatness also encompasses a great deal of mischief and brutality, which again comes with national greatness.”

      What? Are you nuts? Jingoism,mischief and brutality are “great”? What the hell are you on about?

      “online vigilantism is pretty disturbing, but there’s no evidence that it is officially sanctioned. What this vigilantism does bring into question is our own liberal notions regarding free speech. Should such threatening speech be censored?”

      Oh, I get it; parody.

    3. Brutality and nationalism are the result of inadequacy and fear, not greatness.

      Brutal, nationalistic countries are not great nations. They are brutal and nationalistic.

      Openness to dissent and support for diversity, accessible democratic processes, and the rule of law are the touchstones of great nations.

    4. One of the drawbacks to nuking the bejesus out of the Chinese mainland is the prevailing winds are gonna blow those glowing clouds eastward across the Pacific, right back over the good ole U.S. of A.
      Can anyone think of another reason why we shouldn’t nuke ’em from orbit?

    5. because the retaliation, Russian opportunism, ecological consequences, total collapse of the world economy, famine,plague and wholesale death make that plan iffy.

    6. What Takuan said.

      Also, because actually nuking countries we dislike would bring us below whatever level we (rightly or not) claim that they’re on.

    7. On the upside, it would do wonders for overpopulation. Plus, if the old “nuclear winter” theory holds any water, the smoke from a global nuclear holocaust might offset global warming (I dunno, all those burning cities would also produce a lot of CO2).

      All in all, giving some other species a chance to evolve might do the planet some good.

    8. “One of the drawbacks to nuking the bejesus out of the Chinese mainland is the prevailing winds are gonna blow those glowing clouds eastward across the Pacific, right back over the good ole U.S. of A.
      Can anyone think of another reason why we shouldn’t nuke ’em from orbit?”

      Just how far would it blow over the US? Because if it’d only hit California, I’m in.

    9. Is anyone publishing the personal information of the thugs who published the Chinese student’s personal information?

    10. The Chinese are pretty adept at infiltrating US universities with “exchange students”. I remember reading an article a few years back in the Comics Journal by one such individual, about the history of man-hua (Chinese comics); it tried to pawn off excerpts of vicious, contemporary anti-Falun Gong propaganda comics as examples of historical works from the turn of the century or before. Nasty.

    11. uh, Roach; Oregon is right above California

      Thank you. We like to be forgotten in general, but not when it comes to fallout.

    12. “But we all cheer when Internet vigilantes post the private info of someone WE don’t like.”

      no, just when it’s a real villain. And yes, I decide.

    13. Interesting that this has become a mini-version of what is actually going on in China. The Tibetan student speaks her mind and the Chinese students respond with violence and intimidation.

      You can be as nationalistic as you like, but fear tactics cross the line. I find many Americans annoyingly nationalistic, but I don’t have to worry about my own safety or that of my family by saying that.

    14. I find many Americans annoyingly nationalistic, but I don’t have to worry about my own safety or that of my family by saying that.

      Maybe not, but there are certainly plenty of places in America where you would have to worry about your physical safety and the safety of your loved ones if you criticized America.

    15. Hi Takuan,

      I’m unclear why you reacted to my post with that comment. Did I say I supported internet manhunts? I wanted to post a link to another case involving internet bullies because I found it interesting and disturbing.

      I have been reading this site for a long time although I don’t post often and I often enjoy your responses, so I was a bit surprised to see what seems like a mocking reaction from you.

      Could you clarify what you’re trying to say exactly?

    16. Dear Miaka:

      Whenever reading my posts, following threads my scaly tail has dragged down, casting Tarot readings with the Devil as significator or corresponding with myself, it is wise to douse oneself with holy water, sacrifice a bullock and immediately open the thesaurus to “bitter”, “sardonic”, “ironic”, “satirical” “pain in the ass” (ask Teresa) and similar entries.

      Why would I mock you?

      T (it’s mark)

    17. If Takuan were mocking you, there would be no ambiguity. Just blood and tears and maybe a tiny little bit of fecal incontinence.

    18. Dear Mark (Takuan),

      Haha, ok well thanks for the reassurance. I’m glad it wasn’t meant to be a mocking remark.

      Perhaps I’ve been spending too much time discussing the Tibet/China issue online and I’ve lost the ability to discern the sincere from the insincere.

      Take care,
      Miaka (it’s Marie)

    19. Understandable to be confused about Tibet and China, incredible resources have been expended to cloud the truth.

    20. Reminds me of Russia’s Наши (“Nashi” a.k.a. “Ours”) youth movement, which organizes to counter protest pretty much any other political group, in particular Kasparaov’s “Other Russia” party, although that is clearly orchestrated by the Putin regime, and this appears (so far) to be more spontaneous.

      “One of the great attractions of patriotism — it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.” — Aldous Huxley

    21. apostrophe,apostrophe…..
      The Mystery Man came over
      An’ he said: “I’m outa-site!”
      He said, for a nominal service charge,
      I could reach nervonna t’nite
      If I was ready, willing ‘n able
      To pay him his regular fee
      He would drop all the rest of his pressing affairs
      And devote His Attention to me
      But I said . . .
      Look here brother,
      Who you jivin’ with that Cosmik Debris?
      (Now who you jivin’ with that Cosmik Debris?)
      Look here brother,
      Don’t you waste your time on me

      The Mystery Man got nervous
      An’ he fidget around a bit
      He reached in the pocket of his Mystery Robe
      An’ he whipped out a shaving kit
      Now, I thought it was a razor
      An’ a can of foamin’ goo
      But he told me right then when the top popped open
      There was nothin’ his box won’t do
      With the oil of Afro-dytee
      An’ the dust of the Grand Wazoo
      He said:
      “You might not believe this, little fella, but it’ll cure your Asthma too!”
      An’ I said . . .
      Look here brother,
      Who you jivin’ with that Cosmik Debris?
      (Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
      Look here brother,
      Don’t you waste your time on me
      Don’t waste yer time . . .

      I’ve got troubles of my own, I said
      An’ you can’t help me out
      So take your meditations an’ your preparations
      An’ ram it up yer snout
      “BUT I GOT A KRISTL BOL!,” he said
      An’ held it to the light
      So I snatched it
      All away from him
      An’ I showed him how to do it right
      I wrapped a newspaper ’round my head
      So I’d look like I was Deep
      I said some Mumbo Jumbos then
      An’ told him he was goin’ to sleep
      I robbed his rings
      An’ pocket watch
      An’ everything else I found
      I had that sucker hypnotized
      He couldn’t even make a sound
      I proceeded to tell him his future then
      As long as he was hanging around,
      I said
      “The price of meat has just gone up
      An’ yer ol’ lady has just gone down . . . ”
      Look here brother,
      Who you jivin’ with that Cosmik Debris?
      (Now is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?)
      Don’t you know,
      You could make more money as a butcher,
      So don’t you waste your time on me
      (Don’t waste it, don’t waste your time on me . . . )
      Ohm shonty, ohm shonty, ohm shonty-ohm
      SSHONTAY

    22. [ repost from memory, curse you “wrong text”! ]

      I just checked, Ogham actually has a Unicode designation!!

      I’m impressed, although being able to type it in mere seconds doesn’t seem to do it the justice of carving long, squiggly lines of notched prose on your enemy’s bones.

    23. Now if I only knew who IT is or was. And how and why did it leave it’s mark.

      It is to wonder.

    24. long squiggly lines? Pah! Straight notches is how we did it as lads! Nothing but a good flint blade too.

    25. Heavy security for the torch in Delhi:

      Some 16,000 police sealed off the city centre along the truncated relay route.

      Regarding the security goons:

      “They have used their bodies to protect the torch, so their acts should be praised and the violent acts of those Tibet independence elements be condemned.”

      Didn’t people used to cheer the Olympic torch? Congratulations to China for making the torch relay a symbol of oppression and genocide.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7351713.stm

    26. does any ordinary person in China realize the damage their government’s lying is doing? These silly games will be over soon, what then?

    27. It is shocking to see some chinese students intimidating Ms. Wang. These thugs should be brought to justice and kicked out of this freedom loving country. I am a chinese myself and i am a moderate, but i found the intimidation for freedom of speech is unacceptable. It actually only makes the pro-china’s case worse. I hope the law enforcement will get involved and found out the culprits and punish them.

    28. Anti-French rallies across China

      “Oppose Tibet independence, support the Olympics,” read one placard; “Say no to French goods,” said another.

      BBC article

      Hating on the French is like shooting fish in a barrel. Will escargot exports plummet. How many French goods does China import anyway?

    29. The International Campaign for Tibet said last week that a “patriotic education” work team had been sent to Drepung, and food and water supplies at the monasteries in Lhasa were running low as monks were prevented from leaving.

      Patriotic education requires monks to do ritual denunciations of their spiritual leader, the exiled Dalai Lama, and accept the Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama.

      Mainichi article

    30. China has launched an “education” campaign in Tibet it says is designed to undermine support for the Dalai Lama and any separatist sentiment.

      The Tibet Daily newspaper said the campaign was to “unify the thinking… of officials and the masses”.

      BBC article

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