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    Posted July 8, 2014 by
    Rhode Island
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    Life in China

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    A hostage-style bureaucracy

    I have registered a protest against Peking University's Yenching Academy program, for the academy will be located in the center of the campus in Jingyuan Lawn and a group of historic buildings.

    There was no public hearing or design review for that program. Many stakeholders complained about this. As a historic preservationist, I cannot tolerate this. I started a petition on Change.org to tell American students that Yenching Academy is a program harming the historic district and try to encourage American students not to apply for the admission to this program (the program of Yeching Academy is prepared for international students, providing fellowship to cover the tuition and accommodation).

    The leaders of Peking University came to the School of Archaeology where I used to study (I got my bachelor's degree from Peking U) and put pressure on the teachers. I'm already a student of Roger Williams and no longer a member of PKU. I think those leaders also know this. But they still insist on stopping me from exposing their dictatorship by threatening my former tutors.

    I have to withdraw everything related to Yenching Academy I've posted on some Chinese websites because of my concern about my former tutors. Now I want more American people know what the bureaucracy in China is like. the leaders always act as kidnappers. When they cannot stop people like me (who is in America) who oppose them, they take others as hostage to force us to do what they want.

    Picture attached: I wrote "Wang Enge (same pronunciation of the name of the president of PKU) is shit and should be fired. Leave Jingyuan Lawn in peace!" on my palm.
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