Posts Tagged ‘jiangxi’

One Man’s Search for Justice leads to Violence in Jiangxi Province

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

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On the morning of May 27th, three government buildings in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province, were bombed simultaneously in explosions that killed the bomber, one bystander and wounded ten others. The subsequent investigation of the explosions has revealed the bomber as a man named Qian Mingqi, a 52-year old native of Fuzhou City driven to the edge by a fruitless ten-year search for justice after his home was illegally demolished by the authorities.

After the destruction of his home, which he claimed caused him a loss of over RMB 2 million, Qian taught himself to use the internet, where he sought out lawyers, reporters and human rights advocates amongst others who he hoped would help him in his fight to gain compensation for his losses. Unfortunately, he was not only unable to find a defender for his case but through the course of his search became exposed to the many other injustices facing Chinese across the nation. Some stories were similar to his, like the self-immolation of the Zhong family in 2010, where several family members set themselves aflame to protest the government’s demolition of their home. His online profile indicates that he also became aware of a plethora of abuses, such as the mistreatment of migrant workers, kidnapping of children, police brutality and forced relocation across the country.

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Jian Yi launches IFCHINA Website Highlighting Work in Rural China

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

IFCHINA director Jian Yi distributes donated goods as part of the "Spoonful of Rice" Project (photo from IFCHINA blog: http://artisimple.wordpress.com.cn)

By Isabella Tianzi Cai

The IFCHINA Original Art Studio Participatory Documentary Center launched its official website in November 2010. The center was founded by director Jian Yi. It is said to be China’s first non-profit art and cultural organization that collects and documents the stories of ordinary Chinese. Since its inauguration in June 2009 at Jinggangshan University, it has engaged in a variety of community building projects in Ji’an, a city in Jiangxi province.

Tailored to realize its goal to establish a working model that strengthens community ties and preserves local history and culture, currently projects in five areas are being carried out with the local urban community of Ji’an and the rural population in its adjacent villages. They are documentary films, documentary photography, documentary theater, oral history, and new socialist countryside design. The IFCHINA team reach out to people from every walk of life from unemployed workers, school children, college students, migrant workers, to rural women, children, and elderly. They not only teach them for free how to operate the digital camera and the digital camcorder but also conduct interviews with the ageing population who bear witness to the founding of new China. As some of us may not know, Ji’an is one of China’s most revered revolutionary cities. Jinggang Mountain in Ji’an is the birth place of China’s Red Army.

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