Nanjing and Minnie Vautrin

uncovered from my draft entries, last modification dated  13 déc. 2017 03:32.

she might or might not be a significant figure of the expat and missionary communities in nanjing china in the world war ii era, what is written on her and her personal experience will sure be a part of the war / massacre / peace / never again narratives for a turbulent era. her name is Minnie Vautrin.
Minnie Vautrin

so here is what I penned around the christmas season  of 2017:

what to write or not -rthk late night documentary repeat had an episode on the massacre in Nanjing, sooming my focus in and out throughout the 50 plus minute, a missionary’s story caught my attention – Minnie Vautrin 魏特琳. Reading this in December when everyone walking into shopping centres got bombarded with jingles make the contrast more vehmenly sad. Vautrin, probably suffered a nervous breakdown from witnessing so many people dying around her, took her life within a year of returning to USA for a sick leave.

today, 14 may is the anniversary of her suicide.

Minnie Vautrin 's tombstone


venezuela, whom to trust?

a really depressing topic, given people don’t see juan guaido’s  ridiculous self-proclamation as president is an attempt of usa backed coup d’état. understandably, one might say, because mainstream media in usa and other nato states work like propaganda machines. however tale-telling finds and associations do appear, if one leaves no stone unturned. take this strange (or you might think outrageous) comparison to the 74th anniversary of the liberation of auschwitz camp and his thank you to the israeli pm.  if the war crimes committed to the palestinians serve well as an indicator, perhaps you will see through msm’s thick smog of fake news.


changing human nature

crispr in the news, and people are shocked and many condemned dr he jianhui for the gene editing done on the twin girls born.


this has  been a long way since ivf, the ethical conversations must always maintained and will continue. however, what is at stake is the potential billions of dollars involved to be gained for the “personal shopping experience” in manipulating our our body, which unfortunately are viewed upon but those people and companies and institutions with money  and power as revolutionizing or traumatizing the way we will be (as in humanoids or frankensteins), regardless of moral ethics. that, is my pessimistic prediction given the gmos in agri-alimentary businesses and pervasive and evasive nanotechnology stuff already running around!

webcasts for the 2nd international summit on human gene editing can be found here:





assyrie et tragédie moderne


une des tragédies de l’humanité dans le 21e siècle. ça fait déjà quelques mois que j’ai vu une exposition au hong kong museum of history surnommé “an age of luxury: the assyrians to alexander”  en chinois「奢華世代:從亞述到亞歷山大」

l’ancienne assyrie, une region qui englobe les pays moderns comme l’iran, l’iraq, la syrie, le liban, l’israel etc. une région diverse, et pleine de l’histoire sous l’attaque  par les pays industrialisés, aussi “supposément” civilisés, mais quand meme barbares!

une belle exposition montre des artifacts délicats et raffinés. des  siècles ont été passés mais evidemment on ne respecte pas l’auto-gestion des peuples et on les vole les ressources sous des prétextes imbeciles. on n’a rien appris de l’histoire.

une carte géographique

une carte géographique

les articles suivent dans ce espace pour but à dégager les mensonges

affiche à l'extérieur du musée

affiche à l’extérieur du musée

un tour virtuel est dispo ici:

三蚊雞太熟嘅香蕉 hk$3 overripe bananas


諷刺嘅係,最近播第二輯嘅 rthk 惜食地球人2 上一輯2016年有一集(食得唔好嘥)講到百分之五十嘅食物重種植到餐桌中間可能浪費咗 如果批發商、超市、等唔好帶頭唔靚唔要,又唔好賺錢賺到盡,擺到爛先至來減價,也許會互謂商家、消費者和環境三方面!

so i bought 7 or 8 very ripe bananas (half of them were shown in pic) for a dirt cheap price of hk$3, i.e. 0,3€, but am not at all thankful to the big name local supermarket chain, its store manager or the lady in charge of marking down perishable items. the fact is that those 50 or 60 or so overripe bananas sitting on the shelves would very likely end up in the landfill ‘cuz they really really didn’t look appetizing to the consumers, even the smart, money-saving housewives, grannies or bargain-hunting domestic workers. it seems maximizing profits is of paramount precedence that the store manager or person-in-charge wouldn’t lower price until the appearance turn customers off. this is false environmental consciousness from the merchants’ point of view. it might very well not existed at all, any sort of consciousness or conscience in a predatory merchant-consumer market. sad eh?

back to 2015

note  29 juillet 2018: J’ai trouvé ce brouillon parmi les autres dans mon compte wordpress, je ne sais pas pk je n’avais pas le terminer. En tout cas, comme la France est encore le sujet du jour, pour une raison violente à cause d’Alexandre Benalla, c’est une bonne occasion à mettre la lumière sur l’hexagone. Tous les textes qui suivent sont de 2015 (was the time the text  below was written, for whatever reason I didn’t publish it. The memories of former American state governors Cuomo and Richards,  unrelated to the violent acts on Charlie Hebdo in France, occupied my state of mind three years ago.

from / de 2015:

 je ne suis PAS Charlie

espérant que l’on ne devient pas tous Auschwitz!

2015 got off to a rough start. Mario Cuomo’s passing was almost hidden upder the radar screen in my part of the world, if not for a brief mention I didn’t know he was gone. Well it was my formative college years’ political figures like Koch, Dinkins, D’Amato etc.

I still remember the Frito Lay ad Ann Richards and Cuomo did, right after they both lost their governorships

The bloody insane killings in Paris catapulted people in putting their je suis / nous sommes signs, but pas charlie

what about the palestinian children killed in Gaza last year, or the Mexican students disappeared or presumably murdered? or victims of other atrocities? Sure some humans are more equal than the others and Bibi’s presence is always creepy!
heads of state match in Paris 2015

but then akward stuff happen more often than you think, such as the bear hug between Obama (read Snowden, decline of civil liberties, amongst other achievements) and Modi (read 2002 Gujarat violence) or McCain calling protesters ‘scum’ for calling out Kissinger (who decades before Obama, is also a Nobel Peace Laureate). And yes, in my opinion both laureates should be held accountable for war crimes!

This month has seen various reports commemorating the 70 anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camps. To keep history from repeating itself is still like running on a treadmill.

Bumpy ride ahead, 2015!




好多睇現場直播嘅人都覺得日本對比利時個場十分精彩。比利時係落後兩球下追返並最後贏3:2真係唔簡單。之後佢哋對法國我當然希望小國贏啦(雖則比國都係冷血嘅前殖民地主-係剛果斬咗好多奴隸嘅手)。網上看見評論說經過兩年前的多次恐襲,這世界盃冠軍可算一點沖喜士氣,雖然我係francophile, (c’est strictement des pays et cultures franco-phones, pas au sens de la france seulement!) 但也不能”恭喜”法國,因為種族歧視的原因,還有其國家機器做嘅壞事-例如恐怖襲擊敘利亞(聽說所有導彈都被擊落)




vi iv wikileaks cable

June 4 is around the corner. After years of controversies with Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange still in sort of house arrest, at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, it  came to my attention recently that some cables actually are related to the events surrounding the student uprising and culminating into the massacre on 4th June 1989.


The number of students killed might be different according to different accounts. Nevertheless, i felt chilled to the bone rereading some tense moments in the city through a “laowai”, whose mobility was probably more than the average citizen and was sure that minimal casualties through his eyewitness account were  at least in the hundreds in this sad saga of Chinese politics and reforms.


partie 3 sur 3  des contes de mars 2018  texte original chinois par ‘oncle hung jai’

中文作者:雄仔叔叔    三月開古 原文 三之
ça donne l’air de grande amitié
ce petit terroir de voisin
en le passant, il me demande
ça va aujourd’hui?
peut-être un peu mieux
je débarrasse plus ma mère comme avant
m’arrête et la réponds prudemment
avec vieillissement on se sent fatigué
le scrutin supplémentaire d’aujourd’hui est franchement
une mauvaise nouvelle sans la dire
visant un tombe couvert de sol noir
il semble que un autre voisin
essaye de planter des gingembres
c’est vraiment une question de choix
quelqu’un a déjà coché ce p’tit terroir
bricoler sur place changeant du terroir à la maison
devient une affaire de millionnaire
je vois que leurs p’tits neveux
ne chassent plus parmi les terroirs et les eaux
je sais qu’il ne faut pas les forcer
mais je veux encore qu’ils sachent
ce vocabulaire qui le rend debout et inspiré
quel beau paysage
… … …

老之將至 人就是累