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A Protest Letter to Alhambra City Hall
道德上的混乱就是道德腐败的开始。将反自由作为一种自由去崇拜与欣赏就是一个人道德腐败的写照。 --- 陈凯
Moral confusion is the beginning of moral corruption. Taking anti-freedom as part of freedom to worship and appreciate is a reflection on one's moral corruption. --- Kai Chen
I and some friends of mine from youpai.org have recently paid a visit to the Alhambra City Hall to protest some paintings exhibited there. The exhibition was in the name of celebrating the Chinese New Year.
In one of the paintings, the painter put George Washington and Mao side by side to indicate China is as great as America. In some other paintings, Red Guards of the Cultural Revolution era were the images in celebrating the Chinese New Year. Anyone who sees such images and doesn't feel outrage and indignation should reexamine their moral faculties.
I now paste a protest letter I wrote and sent to the Alhambra City Hall, so you readers can see and judge what is right and wrong:
The City Hall eventually removed the painting on which Washington and Mao were together. The paintings with Red Guards images may still be there.
[size=24]To Alhambra City Hall[/size]
To Whom It May Concern: February 15, 2007
In the name of celebrating the Chinese New Year, a painting including portraits of American hero George Washington and the notorious mass murderer Mao Tse Dung side by side is on exhibition in the City Hall’s lobby, with Alhambra City government’s permission. If this were to happen in China, I would not be surprised. As a matter of fact, I would expect it. But in America, the land where freedom-loving people find hope, justice and righteousness, I am outraged to have found such a display sanctioned by the City of Alhambra, a city where many residents have settled after enduring political persecution and unspeakable cruelty under Mao and the Chinese Communist regime.
Can you imagine what the reaction might be if Hitler’s portrait were exhibited to celebrate a Jewish festival? I do not understand why such an insensitive exhibition can happen in Alhambra where many Chinese came to find their American dream.
America treasures freedom of expression. But the City Hall is a public place and you have made it a matter of public policy.
I as an American citizen of Chinese descent, protest this exhibition in Alhambra City Hall, and urge the appropriate authorities to take down the painting and put it in its rightful place – the garbage bin of history.
I hope you post your messages here to express your views on this issue.
Best. Kai Chen 陈凯
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