December 17, 2020 eight:50:26 pm
Quarrel, rape, adultery. Tricky, grasping, sycophantic. Chinese singer Tan Weiwei chants every phrase methodically in a two-line string of vulgarities and insults.
The 16 phrases in her new track share one thing in frequent: The character for girl, “nu”, is a part of the Chinese character for every phrase.
Tan’s forceful and surprising use of those phrases–typically used to disparage girls–is supposed to attract consideration to the problem of home violence and has struck a chord in China, the place regardless of rising public consciousness and anger, victims have a tough time getting justice.
Across a number of social media platforms, many are praising Tan for talking out and calling consideration to one thing that many don’t talk about publicly.
Her track, “Xiao Juan”, refers to some current high-profile instances which have sparked nationwide dialogue and requires higher authorized safety.
In September, a younger Tibetan girl died after her ex-husband got here after her with gasoline and set her on fireplace whereas she was broadcasting a livestream from her kitchen. In October, a video circulated of a person in Shanxi apparently beating his spouse to demise whereas bystanders stood by trying on.
“With fists, with kerosene, with acid… Flushed down the sewer, from the marriage house to sinking in the riverbed”, Tan sings. “Imprisoned my body and cut my tongue, silently weaving tears into the silk and brocade”. Victims of home violence within the nation continuously have little recourse to discovering justice and reporting is low. China solely handed a legislation particularly criminalising home violence in 2015.
The state-run All-China Women’s Federation estimates that about one in three married Chinese girls will expertise home violence. Yet in 2018, the federation solely logged 39,371 official studies from the nation’s estimated 270 million households.
In current years extra girls have been prepared to talk up. With the unfold of the worldwide #MeToo actions, dozens of younger Chinese girls introduced public accusations of sexual harassment towards high-profile males, with some even bringing the accusations to courtroom. That boldness, nonetheless, has but to switch to instances of home violence.
On Weibo, a broadly used microblogging platform, a hashtag referred to as “Tan Weiwei’s song lyrics are really brave” has been seen greater than 340 million instances, excess of the 5.2 million views for the track’s music video. Many noticed that her track might be linked to actual instances of deaths reported in information media.
Tan’s newest album 3811, tells completely different girls’s tales by means of 11 songs, from a Tang-dynasty feminine poet to a 12-year outdated woman named Aguo who marries a tree in a ritual ceremony to transition to a lady. But it’s, “Xiao Juan”, the final track on the album, with its tribute to victims of home violence that’s garnered essentially the most consideration.
Tan calls for that these victims be remembered not as “Xiao Juan”, which is analogous to Jane Doe, or different nameless names which might be typically utilized in media or police studies.
“Our names are not ‘Xiao Juan,” she sings. Know my title. Remember my title.
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