Tuesday, February 11, 2014

"Terracotta Daughters"


From the Catholic World Report:
From the BBC comes this story about artists who are using their craft to protest China’s notorious one-child policy. It leads with a description of “Terracotta Daughters,” by French artist Prune Nourry, which highlights how Chinese family-planning regulations have resulted in the world’s most uneven sex ratio—117 boys born for every 100 girls: 
In a culture that traditionally favours male offspring, girls have been abandoned, murdered and aborted. (In the year 2000 ninety percent of aborted foetuses were reportedly female.) As such it is estimated that by the end of this decade the country will have a surplus of 24 million bachelors. This has led to fears that there will be a rise in the kidnapping and trafficking of women as brides and, for single men stuck in the impoverished countryside with no hope of marriage, a spike in gambling, depression, and alcohol abuse. 
Eight orphaned Chinese girls were used as models for the 108 sculptures in the exhibition, which references China’s iconic Terra Cotta Warriors
Huiyun started her life in the garbage. As an unwanted baby girl, her parents abandoned her in the poor province where she was born in central China. There, a pair of refuse collectors found her with her umbilical cord still attached. They kept her, bringing her up as their own. 
Huiyun is now 12 years old, and life has taken a turn for the better. This year she became one of eight models featured in provocative French artist Prune Nourry’s new exhibition Terracotta Daughters, now showing in Shanghai’s Gallery Magda Danysz. An exploration of China’s skewed sex ratio, the exhibition dishes up a new version of a national treasure − with a twist. Nourry has fashioned more than one hundred sculptures in the same clay, and using the same techniques, as the ancient Terracotta Warriors, the famous collection of sculptures representing the armies of the first Emperor of China. But instead of producing a brigade of soldiers, the artist has created an army of schoolgirls. They symbolise China’s millions of missing women. 
“I wanted to highlight the girls that are not cared about, by mixing them with a strong familiar symbol [the Terracotta Warriors],” explains New York-based Nourry. “When you change something slightly that everyone knows it creates something bizarre − and people want to know more.” 
For Terracotta Daughters Nourry modeled eight life-size sculptures on eight real orphans. Combinations of these prototypes were then used to make a further 108 sculptures in collaboration with traditional Chinese craftsmen. Funds from the sales of the original eight will pay for three years’ education for each orphan in co-operation with the NGO Children of Madaifu. The artwork is enabling a handful of children like Huiyun, who has dreams of becoming a nurse, to stay in school. 
Nourry is not alone in her exploration through the arts of the consequences of China’s controversial one-child policy. Since it was introduced in 1979 the policy has inspired debate that has consumed the population. In just three decades it has dramatically refashioned Chinese society, affecting an entire generation that has largely grown up without brothers and sisters.
"Huiyun started her life in the garbage..."

Population control and abortion are undistilled evil. We need to hold advocates for these ideologies morally responsible, and where possible, legally responsible. Who in the West championed population control junk science and plainly advocated crimes against humanity? Who advised the Chinese government on population policy? What Western organizations played a role in this genocide?

There will be an eternal accounting in the next life for these unprecedented atrocities. Let's get the moral accounting started a little early.

13 comments:

  1. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyFebruary 11, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    Doc: "Let's get the moral accounting started..."

    It has been started, on the left:

    [A]mong permanent residents of Shanghai, infant mortality is 2.9 deaths per 1,000 births. That is well below the rate of 5.3 in New York City...

    Since 1990, the country has reduced infant mortality rates by 54 percent, according to Unicef statistics. On a Chinese scale, that represents more than 360,000 children’s lives saved each year.

    --- Nicholas Kristof, NYT (2011)

    UNICEF statistics on "infant lives saved" reminds me of Jeebus McLIghtworker's statistics on "jobs saved".

    Lies are nothing more or less than attempts to warp reality. Victims of warped reality are generally deemed to be psychotic. When institutions lie, they warp social reality. But it's not called psychosis; it's called Progressivism.

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  2. Population control and abortion are undistilled evil.

    Except when it isn't, such as when The Lord drowned almost the entire world in the Flud. Right?

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    1. That's right.

      I see you're exploring the old "God is evil" meme again. When you get down to it, that's what's really behind the militant atheist movement.

      I find it interesting that you are incensed about a mass killing by God several thousand years ago that you are convinced never happened, but you are less concerned about an actual mass killing being perpetrated right now against real people.

      If you think that the God of the Old Testament is a mass-murdering psychopath, then you must also condemn the PRC, or be a complete hypocrite.

      What exactly is a "Flud" by the way?

      Joey

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    2. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyFebruary 11, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Joey: "I find it interesting that you are incensed about a mass killing by God several thousand years ago that you are convinced never happened, but you are less concerned about an actual mass killing being perpetrated right now against real people."

      Perfect.

      BTW, it's Progressive logic.

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    3. I find it interesting that you are incensed about a mass killing by God several thousand years ago that you are convinced never happened, but you are less concerned about an actual mass killing being perpetrated right now against real people.

      I can see how that would be interesting - if it were true. But actually I am not incensed at all about a mass killing by God, precisely because it never happened. What's far more interesting to me is how True Believers can get so incensed about mass killing by humans in the present, while having no problem with their God doing the killing, or - even more interesting, IMO - having no problem with the 'unsaved' being tortured for ever and ever in the afterlife.

      If you think that the God of the Old Testament is a mass-murdering psychopath, then you must also condemn the PRC, or be a complete hypocrite.

      Oh, but I do condemn the PRC for their one-child policy. No government should forcibly prevent people from raising as many kids as they wish.

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    4. then you ought to be pissed at planned parenthood and the population control freaks.

      naidoo

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  3. “There will be an eternal accounting in the next life for these unprecedented atrocities. Let's get the moral accounting started a little early.”

    Right on. We’re itching to get in a few licks before the eternal torture starts! Why should the devil be the only one to get a little satisfaction from these people suffering?

    -KW

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    1. Why does moral accounting have to mean "licks"? Maybe it just means putting people in jail, which is a very good place to put people who commit crimes against humanity, gendercide, etc.

      I understand what you're trying to get at--that Egnor is a vindictive SOB. But I'd guess that you think some people need some earthly justice too, so you're just a nasty hypocrite.

      Joey

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    2. Last time I checked, we're not punishing anyone for expressing an opinion, no matter how vile some some religious fanatics may find it. I'm not exactly sure who you would pin with a crime against humanity for the situation in China even if you could, but it's certainly not anybody who's ever expressed the opinion that population control is a good idea. Maybe you could go after the people who advocate for population control after you figure out a way to punish the million+ Chinese women who've had sex selective abortions, that is if your not in prison for being a monster yourself.

      -KW

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    3. when was the last time you checked, kw? cuz there's nothing liberals do better than vindictively pursuing those who disagree with them. how about chick-fil-a and the duck commander, for starters? look at the speech stifling laws of europe and canada.

      naidoo

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  4. it should be noted that planned parenthood thinks the one child policy is great, putting the lie to the notion that they are 'pro-choice.' nope. they're just pro-abortion, plain and simple.

    naidoo

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    1. No they don't you lying tool.

      http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/get-involved/global-reproductive-health-policy/planned-parenthood-opposes-chinas-one-child-policy/


      -KW

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    2. nice industry propaganda from pp, but here's the truth.

      http://liveactionnews.org/deadly-cooperation-planned-parenthood-and-chinas-one-child-policy/

      planned parenthood helped formulate the policy.

      here's a letter from a pp director, norman fleishman, suggesting that we need china's one policy here. he calls it a 'start' so apparently even that doesn't go far enough.

      http://napavalleyregister.com/news/opinion/mailbag/world-s-increasing-population-presents-today-s-real-threat/article_5745ddc0-c243-11e0-8b1b-001cc4c002e0.html

      'Unless we act (this legislation, along with China’s “one child” policy, is a start), the world is doomed to strangle among coils of pitiless exponential growth.'

      naidoo

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