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 Drama Always Belongs to Drama Queens (about Meimei Fox)

这里有他大学同学的博文,有人译成英文了.


http://zilanzai.i.sohu.com/blog/view/253678027.htm

Resident of the Orchid House (pen name)
Male, living in Jiang Su
Used to study in Su Zhou University

Drama Always Belongs to Drama Queens

Jan. 26 21:00
In the information age, everyday I would come across some drama. The winners' stories are inspirational; occasional loser will have my sympathy; but lessons could also be learned. Most of time, those people and those dramas are far far away, naturally i wouldn't have anyway to judge them. But things are quite different when it comes to new drama happened to old acquaintance.

Today, from our college reunion QQ discussion group, i learned some news of a female classmate, who we haven't heard a peep since graduation 30 years ago. Her "accomplishment" or say "drama" has become the media focus. And it was from Forbes Chinese no less! (click link here).

She was younger than most of us, but was never too far from drama, so many stories in our four years in college. She disappeared since our graduation in 1982. Now suddenly, she is famous, even a member of Obama Administration. The article titled "From Chinese Labor Camp to High Tech CEO" was originally published on Forbes Chinese site. Such a surprise! After reading the comments, surprise turned into dumbfounds. So i feel compiled to say something.

On our QQ discussion group, all of us were trying to search through our memories. 30 years wasn't really that long ago, we remembered many things.

"Spent 10 years in labor camp at Nanjing, she went through re-education, starvation, torture, and rape. Forced to be a child labor in factory, no education."
We all came from that time. Ten years was the entirety of Cultural Revolution. China in those days were very dark, but not dark enough to send a child to prison for 10 years! to be a forced child labor! On the other hand, everyone in our class attended college in 1978 right after the college entrance was revived. 10 years in labor camp! If you has much got caught for any minor misconduct during that time, you won't be able to pass the "political evaluation", how could you get accepted by college without passing "political evaluation"? Even if one for whatever reason got in the college with that kind of background, given her personality, she would be boasting about her hardship to everyone who gave her the time of the day. But everyone in our entire Chinese Literature class, no one, not even our teacher has heard of it. Drama.

"Factory Child Labor" might be possible. In our time, there was no such thing as factory "Child" labor. If anyone could get a factory job, it usually means he has connection or back doors. Ordinary children like us can't even dream about becoming "Child Labor". Drama again.

"A few months before graduation, Ping Fu published a graduation thesis, discussing the killing of baby girls in Chinese country side, became the focus of national media. She was put in prison."
We asked everyone in our group, no one has heard of such an thesis. Don't get me wrong, the drama queen could write, it is a fact. But mostly fiction. Even that was not as good as XiaoQing Fan from the class that was half year ahead of us. It would have been explosive news if one of us has been imprisoned because a piece of writing. All of us were from the Province of Jiang Su, no one was from outside. If anyone got in trouble because of an essay, someone would know. But no one did. We have met five or six times in the past 30 years, no one has heard anything about her. Another Drama.

That [Forbes] article needs no detailed reading, any adult could see many holes. "Labor Camp" and "Re-Education Camp", i don't know if there is a difference in English (i don't even know if they were two different phrases in English), but how could any Re-Education last 10 years (jean's notes, i'm guessing he is referring to Ping's parent's sentence). Drama!

"She started a new life in America, all alone, penniless, armed with 3 English phrases".
Super Drama. We had two classes in the Chinese Literature major that year. This person's English was so good, that she was in the advanced English class. I only scored 4 (out of 100, because in 1978 English score doesn't count during our College entrance exam, so i focused my energy preparing other subjects), i was naturally in the Slow English class. But even I knew more than a handful of phrases. Another Drama!

When someone was so into creating drama, sometimes she might might mix up reality and fantasy. THis classmate during her interview with Chinese news agency said that she was studying Chinese literature in Su Zhou University in 1977 (see link here). We started our college in October 1978, even the class a year ahead of us were delayed(due to unforeseen circumstances) to start their class in March 1978, how did she end up in 1977? shouldn't she be doing child labor in some factory?

Our classmates seems to have made it in the capitalist world, and very successful. This seems to be true, not drama, i think.

Mr. Qian ZhongShu said before that the "newly rich must refine his family tree"(jean note: find some ancient famous people and somehow establish connection between self and the famous ancestor vine), We even had this phrase as part of our reading test during that year's College Entrance Exam. But now it seems, the new newly-rich are branching out from tradition, must put self to the most pitiful position, to make current success shine brighter!

THinking back on some of her old drama, i knew full well what would be coming next. All you guys would be adding your own oil to the fire! Regardless you knew her or not.

Suddenly remember an old saying, "It is no big deal if the BullShit was huge, the only fear if it exploded in your hands." Drama, will forever belong to those Drama Queens.
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Jean Z.是译者,
  
  
  

 
 
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