The writer Can Wu escaped China in 2008, just as the Beijing Games were taking place. With the help of friends, he ended up in Hamburg where he set out to write fragments of his life, fragments of a world that is slowly coming apart. Through diary entries, short stories and his classic story Rimbaud in Her Eyes, Can Wu takes us through the dark heart of China. And history...
This story is taken from my new book I, Can (Fragments of a life)
The anti-Semite turns to me and says, “I never heard of a Chinese Jew before.”
His knowledge of history is, not surprisingly, minimal, and his ideas (and ideals) belong to the cave age.
“Actually, if you do some research on the subject, you will see that Jewish settlers are documented in China as early as the 7th or 8th century CE,” I say.
I could tell him all about the Jewish communities that developed through the Tang and Song Dynasties (7th to 12th centuries CE) all the way through the Qing Dynasty (19th century), but the anti-Semite is blind; he is the shadow of hate.
“Kaifeng Jews?” I say and the anti-Semite sneers at me before making his way out of the café. Outside is below zero but the anti-Semite embraces the cold and hurries along, bumping into a couple of people but he never looks back or apologises for his actions.
Hate is what drives him on.
That’s why he can’t see a thing.
My new book I, Can (Fragments of a life) is available on Amazon