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Sister Furong faces Chinese wrath

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Big Brother stares down Sister Furong's blog.



Some quotes from Sister Furong's blog:

"I have a pair of beautiful hands which go harmoniously with my outstandingly slim body (1.66cm or maybe taller). My skin is as smooth as a baby and all of these talents have helped me to become a good dancer. I understand life in my dance; I am looking for my lover in my dance."

"My life is now so annoying. All the time I am the focus on the street. Why do the eyes of the men fall hot upon me? I have no place to hide."

25 August, 2005: Sister Furong beware, Big Brother is watching. Latest Chinese internet celebrity Sister Furong (her actual name is Furong Jiejie) has come under Communist Party policing in China, which has ordered the website which hosts her blog to move it to a less-visible corner. 

Furong Jiejie aka Sister Furong was a student from the rural area of central Shaanxi province in China, who could not gain admission to two of the top universities in Beijing. She had her revenge, popping up on the Internet bulletin boards of the two varsities, accompanied by suggestive photographs and text. The Sister Furong photos show her thrusting out her chest, bending her body and making suggestive poses in tight and translucent clothes.



The Sister Furong photos and her blog, accompanied by edit matter extolling her own beauty and talent soon became the rage in Chinese campuses, drawing unsolicited attention from the Communist quarters. The Chinese political masters have rarely brooked self-expression beyond a point, even going to the extent of banning several words considered troublesome from the country's internet lexicon. MSN China, among several other multinationals in the country, are not allowed to use words like "democracy" and "human rights" in portals or blogs run by them. Quite natural then that Sister Furong, (or Furong Jiejie if you like it) found herself at the wrong end of the stick. The authorities asked the website hosting the Furong blog to move it to a less visible location, obviously wanting to suppress the spread of a supposedly bourgeosie cult. Her blog is hosted on China's largest blog-hosting website.

Sister Furong or Lotus Flower, as she calls herself, hogged the limelight with her own photos and demand that she needs a man.

Sister Furong's pictures can still be found in several websites outside China, but by and large, Chinese websites and portals which hosted chat rooms and discussions exclusively on Furong Jiejie have suddenly gone silent, having picked up the cue from the Communist crackdown. Newspapers, magazines and TV channels which had given breathless coverage to Sister Furong have called off news about the Internet celebrity, not wanting to raise the authorities' hackles. Many websites have removed links to blogs and sites which still host Sister Furong's pictures and comments.

For those who have dribble falling out of their lips, sorry, none of the Sister Furong photos are nude or even semi-nude. But the pictures and their captions they can be considered objectionable in a media-policed society like the one in China. 

"When I first heard about it I was really disappointed. My friends all said the government should be encouraging a positive, helpful girl like me," said Sister Furong, talking to a news agency. Sister Furong also goes by the nickname of "Hibiscus."

Despite the Chinese government throwing cold water on the Chinese celebrity, Beijing based Zongbo Media is betting on Sister Furong's charisma. Zongbo Media has selected Furong Jiejie to act in digital video short films which would be aired only online. The Sister Furong fan club would make the movie commercially viable, believes the company. Sister Furong too is happy with the proposal.

China has been trying hard to control the influence of media over its people. The Internet is growing at a tremendous pace in China, and by the end of this year, it is expected to have 120 million Net-saavy citizens, This would make it the second largest Net market in the world, after the US. The Chinese government has created a special Internet unit to police these sites and and keep out undesirable content. Several website managements have been warned and some managers even jailed for what has sometimes come to be termed as seditious work.

Recently, in another attempt at moral policing, the Chinese government had intervened, when Mu Zimei, 25, who wrote about her sexual escapades became a rage, which had many young Chinese drooling. "I think my private life is very interesting," she had said. The Chinese government did not seem to agree. 

China has barred bulletin boards run by some of China's leading universities to outside users, even as numerous cybercafes and online game firms have been shut for enabling access to pornographic, violent or other undesirable content.


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