The American Left hates China, the Right hates China, and Chen Guangcheng is stuck in the middle of two very passionate groups gunning to be the thought leader of America’s democracy battles and the war on China’s soul (or lack of):
– Last week, Chen Guangcheng accused NYU of kicking him out due to pressure from the Chinese government over NYU’s Shanghai campus plan.
– NYU has denied the charge and said Chen’s fellowship has always been limited to one year.
– A tenured professor, Jerome Cohen, who is by no means a communist sympathizer, stated that Chen Guangcheng is being “manipulated”. On further disclosure, Prof. Cohen had pointed finger at Bob Fu and China Aid, alleging the iPhone and iPad Fu’s wife gave Chen have hidden wiretapping and remote GPS tracking software:
– While some observed there’s little evidence to back up Chen’s allegation, the media has lambasted NYU for kowtowing to China at the expense of academic freedom, and reiterated the always-available Yellow Peril narrative.
– I wonder if Chen Guangcheng realizes being a traitor to his country, he’s kind of screwed either way:
– Leaving the mainstream and embracing right wing ideology would lead him to obscurity. China Aid has a huge credibility problem. Bob Fu once claimed The Three Grades of Servants is a “persecuted house church“, when the facts on the ground is Three Grades and Eastern Lightning, two cult of Christianity, were killing each other over church membership.
– On the other hand, measured sentiment never got Prof. Cohen much accolade, or NED grant money.
– From political asylum green card scheme, to Chen Suibian fattening up Wang Dan, Wuer Kaixi and others, to Falun Gong muscling in on the Democracy Dollar, this is yet another testament to the state of overseas Chinese democracy movement in America. The truth is succinctly expressed in a commentary I read:
While the Chinese government has nothing to worry about, anyone who cares about democracy in China, does.