(Letter) The people´s republic of capitalism
One of the curious characters Kopple repeatedly interviewed is an artistic fashion photographer, who speaks quite good English and goes by the name Alan. The young man, looking to be in his mid-twenties, apparently is very gifted in his art, but is either politically naïve or is 装糊涂 – playing dumb. Here is an amusing dialogue between the two:
Ted Kopple: My question is, if people want to get together, let’s say in the countryside, and protest corruption, and the police will come, and break up the demonstration, and they will not allow it…
Alan: (innocently) Oh really?
Ted Kopple: You say ‘oh really,’ you don’t know that?
Alan: I don’t know that. I have never seen that…
Ted Kopple: I know. I know you haven’t seen it. You know why you haven’t seen it?
Ted Kopple: Because television can not report it, because the newspaper can not report it, because anyone who’s there, if they take photograph, they will be arrested. That’s why you don’t know about it.
Ted Kopple: I don’t want to get you in trouble, but you don’t seem to care about it.
Ted Kopple: You don’t?
Alan: Not very care about that part, I don’t.
Ted Kopple: Because?
Alan: There must be a reason for the government to do that. And, I really believe in the Chinese government. Because we can see that people here living a better life than before. And I don’t think people who wrote something on the street or sitting on the street are smart. I don’t think that’s the best way to do that.
What are your opinions?
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