By C. Custer
Many people have asked me to write a follow-up to my original post on Yang Rui. For personal reasons1, I have been compelled to keep a low profile and refrain from speaking publicly about this for a little while, which unfortunately has given some people the impression that Yang Rui’s legal threats have cowed me into silence. I guess in a way that has been true. Anyway, enough silence.
(However, I will reiterate here that Yang Rui’s threats had nothing to do with my departure from China. My wife and I had decided to leave back in 2011, and she filed the first part of her US visa application in January of this year, well before Yang Rui made the weibo comment that launched all this in May.)
Since it has been a while, let’s review his original weibo post, which kicked off this whole thing (translation via WSJ’s China Real Time):
The Public Security Bureau wants to clean out the foreign trash: To arrest foreign thugs and protect innocent girls, they need to concentrate on the disaster zones in [student district] Wudaokou and [drinking district] Sanlitun. Cut off the foreign snake heads. People who can’t find jobs in the U.S. and Europe come to China to grab our money, engage in human trafficking and spread deceitful lies to encourage emigration. Foreign spies seek out Chinese girls to mask their espionage and pretend to be tourists while compiling maps and GPS data for Japan, Korea and the West. We kicked out that foreign bitch2 and closed Al-Jazeera’s Beijing bureau. We should shut up those who demonize China and send them packing.
So there was that, and many people responded.
Run over CHINA GEEKS and read the complete post.
I'v watched many Yang Rui shows and, for the most part, thought them informative. He does tend to bulldoze guests with whom he holds a threat to the ticket. However, I did not see the vindictave, destructive side of him. Mr. Custer reveals the true Mr Yang Rui and his dialogue show on CCTV.