採訪/朱智善 編輯/黃億美 後製/郭敬
Chinese petitioners look forward to finding real “happiness”
During the National Day Holidays, the Chinese Communist
Party (CCP) mouthpiece media,
China Central Television’s (CCTV) journalists interviewed
passengers with the question “Do you live a happy life?”
Some netizen made ironic remarks saying that “If the
governor wants us to be happy, then we cannot be unhappy.”
The CCTV’s interview was hence described as “compelling
us to be happy”, or “creating mandatory happiness” by Chinese civilians.
Some of them sighed “how long will we continue to be
claimed to live a happy life?”
Especially for the large group of petitioners who have great
difficulties in protecting their rights and keeping daily life,
how can their lives be happy?
Right now the hottest topic among Chinese Internet
communities must be the “legend of being happy”.
The CCTV’s journalists had made street interviews with
the same question “Do you live a happy life?”
The famous Chinese writer Murong Xuecun hence joked
on his microblog site, “If the governor wants us to be happy, then we cannot be unhappy.”
Some media report remarked that the CCTV’s true-false
question about happiness would in nature exclude the details of real lives.
In front of journalists, nobody wants to say their true opinion.
Therefore the only choice for the interviewees is to answer
the question with some indifferent comments.
Shanghai petitioner Li Yufang remarked that,
“happiness” only existed in media reports.
She doesn’t believe that any Chinese person is really happy
except for those corrupt officials.
(Li Yufang, Shanghai petitioner): ”To tell the truth,
most of us don’t feel happy.
So the interviews look like a show for some particular purpose.
The word ‘happiness’ is something out of reach for us.
This word can only be used to describe the lives
of corrupt officials.”
Mr. Li from Fuzhou told NTD that his house was illegally
demolished seven years ago and still had not received any indemnity yet.
He wanted to know what the real
meaning of “happiness” is.
(Mr. Li, Fuzhou resident):”Now the police can even beat
house owners to death. How can we say this is a ‘happy life’?
The term ‘happy life’ only applies to the rich and powerful.
With billions of money of course they live a happy life despite
many people like me who cannot afford even daily food.
In my opinion, ‘happiness’ results from democracy
That is the real meaning of ‘happiness’.
Without freedom how can you talk of ‘happiness’?”
Founder of “Rights Movement” Hu Jun remarked that the
interview was made to serve the power transfer among CCP leader groups at stake;
During Hu and Wen’s ten-year governance,
the CCP was always working on image projects like that.
As for civilians, how can they be happy without
Having even the right to speak?
(Hu Jun, founder of Rights Movement):
”How many were killed in land appropriation? How many injustice cases have been created?
However, the journalists never go to petition offices to
interview those victims who suffer unjust verdict themselves or have lost family members because of that.
Some of them were imprisoned for more than ten years.
You can imagine how many people are looking forward to
uniting with their family.
But those people have always been ignored
by them (CCTV’s journalists).”
Xie Tian, professor at University of South Carolina, said that
there are some research units of “happiness” in the world;
However, most of them are non-official corporations.
Xie believes that Chinese civilians cannot speak their true
minds with strict media censorship under CCP’s control;
hence the survey with such interviews is ridiculous.
(Xie Tian, professor at University of South Carolina):”the real
reason for ‘less happiness’ of Chinese people
is the enlarging gap between the wealthy and
the poor in Chinese society.
The vested interest group of CCP officials and their families
live extravagant lives while many civilians are struggling every day.
The grudge resulting from such a huge difference is the true
measurement of Chinese people’s ‘happiness index’.”
After Chinese people were claimed to be “happy” by CCTV,
some Hong Kong media lampooned the IQ of CCTV’s leader group
because “they have abnormal interest in generating
such ‘mandatory happiness’”.