Guo Juan, Li Ran & Hao Jingban：Uninvited Guest
July 29th, 2017 7pm
Sender: Juan Guo <email@example.com>
Recipient: JingbanHao <firstname.lastname@example.org>
cc: Li Ran Studio <email@example.com>
Time: 2017/06/20, 9:07am
Subject: Re: Language
: Important according to our magic sauce.
……One thing he criticized me for in particular is “lacking a wider persepective”! As he sees it, all clashes of religion, culture and history are basically conflicts of interest. So, if we could manage to mitigate conflicts of interest, then all would be headed on an unstoppable course towards the light. I think what he means by "light" is what profits people. But even from the simplest logic, his theory is less than perfect, because in his description of the future, there’s still people who are not happy about the arrangement he’s so pround of. For example, when the two of us were sitting across from each other at a long conference table in his office, me on one side and him on the other, even though the view outside the window was New Belgrade, I felt like there was no different at all to being in Beijing. From the perspective of social class, being from the mainstream of society he has a million reasons to critique me in a condescending manner—the sort of culture that supposedly guarantees a fine and optimistic future doesn't benefit each individual
……This year in Venice, at the opening ceremonies of a foundation, he suddenly turned to me and said, "You know, actually these white people all discriminate against Asians or Chinese, and it will never change—it's in their bones." When he finished he took a big swig of free champagne and continued, "But neither they will say so, nor you will bring it up, but you just know it." I was stunned after hearing his words, but I didn't know how can I reply to that—and before the sound of his voice had even faded, he had already ran over to a European museum director with a big grin on his face. It seems that they were having a nice chat.
……After you wrote about running into these frustrations with the "bank president”, I went to JD.com to look for books on One Belt One Road, and the selection was dizzying—every last angle delved into with astounding depth, each book is thicker than the last, research that had been carried out for years... There is a book, a typical official one, whose author works at the Central Party School, and he started the research on OBOR since 2013. He said in the preface,"At the opening of a conference, there was a government official leader who offered a metaphorical image: China today stands at the center of the world stage, the spotlight shining on it; this image of China is like a person standing there in a suit, tie around his neck. He is carrying a sack, fulfilled of money. There is a microphone right in front of him —but he can't speak. This is to say, we need to enhance our ability to effectively disseminate OBOR internationally." I feel like that the only situation as a whole that I participated is this collective inability to speak.
About the Lecturers
Guo Juan (b. 1984) is a writer based in Taipei.
Li Ran (b. 1986) was born in Hubei, China. He graduated with BFA from the Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2009 and now lives and works in Beijing.
Hao Jingban (b. 1985) currently lives and works in Beijing. She graduated from Goldsmiths College, London, with a Bachelor’s in Media and Communication (2007) and from University of London with a Master’s in Film Studies (2010).
发件人：Juan Guo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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