Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article: A1444-W1044
Release Date: January 16, 2022
Topic: In memory of Zhang Qing, a Victim of the CCP's Human Rights Persecution -- Ciping Huang, Executive Director of the Wei Jingsheng Foundation
标题：悼念张青，中共人权迫害下的受难者 -- 魏京生基金会执行主任：黄慈萍
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In memory of Zhang Qing, a Victim of the CCP's Human Rights Persecution (speech at the memorial conference for Ms. Zhang Qing)
-- Ciping Huang, Executive Director of the Wei Jingsheng Foundation
January 16, 2022
Ms. Zhang Qing tragically passed away on January 10, 2022 in Maryland, United States, due to cancer at the age of 55. She died with only two children by her side. Because her husband Guo Feixiong (his real name is Yang Maodong) went missing in China, the couple was unable to see each other for the last time, which became a lifelong regret and pain. Here, I and the Wei Jingsheng Foundation want to express our condolences to Zhang Qings family especially her children Sara and Fred.
As a representative of the Wei Jingsheng Foundation, I have known Guo Feixiong and Zhang Qing for nearly 20 years. As a laureate of the "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize", Guo Feixiong has received more attention from us than other pro-democracy activists for more than ten years, which included our concern and provide possible help for his wife and family. Although this concern stemmed from our support for Mr. Guo Feixiong, an independent writer and human rights defender, we have also been able to get to know his wife, Zhang Qing, and their family over the course of more than a decade.
If Ms. Zhang Qing hadn't married Guo Feixiong and had a son and a daughter together, maybe I would never have known her. Growing up in a good family environment, she may not have had to suffer many hardships later. As I always say: if people like us only care about ourselves, we can always take a step back and live a peaceful and comfortable life in America. But why we do not? That is because we have a sense of mission to support human rights, freedom and democracy in China. For this reason, we have suffered even more cruel human rights persecution from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) than others. Take myself as an example, because of my years of striving for human rights and democracy in China, I was not allowed to meet my father and comfort him the last time when he was terminal ill and even after he passed away. Even when I had already arrived at the Shanghai airport, the CCP still sent dozens of police to detain me, tried to persuade and to force me to do what they want. When I refused their indecent request, my opportunity to see my father for the last time was confiscated by the CCP regime as well. It was not that I'm not filial to my father, it's because of the inhuman CCP!
Zhang Qing is another recent example of the CCP's persecution of human rights. Just because her husband persisted in his ideas and activities, she was deprived of the right and opportunity to see her husband one last time. Now, almost one week after her death, her husband, whom she has not seen for more than ten years, is still in a "disappeared" state and just be arrested again. This humanitarian disaster is caused by the CCP, and it is also a hardship that the family members of the democracy activists cannot escape. I know that because of this, the families of many pro-democracy activists are broken and difficult to reunite. To be honest, how many people are willing to rationally make choices that go against their own personal interests but are beneficial to the general public? In fact, the selfless contribution of these people has even become the target and reason for some questionable characters to attack. The recent death of Zhang Qing has once again raised a new round of attack and debate.
Although I knew Zhang Qing because of Guo Feixiong, my contact with her later gave me a better understanding and sympathy for the families of dissidents. There is an old Chinese saying: "Husbands and wives are birds of the same forest; they fly separately when disaster strikes." This is particularly common in today's society, especially in the families of dissidents. But Zhang Qing was particularly uneasy and persevered after all these years. In 2006, after Guo Feixiong won the "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize", I informed her and sent her the prize money. In my dealings with her, I can feel that she understood the basics and was proud of her husband. In 2009, she escaped China with her two children and went into hardship until she came to the United States.
Before and after she moved from Texas to the Washington DC metropolitan area, I made a special trip to the Washington DC area and arranged for her and her children to receive Guo Feixiong's award and initial housing. However, she was a strong person. Not only did she drive around by herself, but she also quickly became acquainted with the Washington DC area and arranged for her children to study in good school district. She also planned to continue her study and get a degree, then find a job and become truly self-reliant, becoming a role model that many wives and families in great difficulties can learn from.
Zhang Qing also participated in some activities of the Wei Jingsheng Foundation. When I told her that the Wei Jingsheng Foundation paid special attention to Guo Feixiong and his family, the laureate of the "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Campaign Prize", she expressed her hope that she could use the location convenience in the Washington DC area to help her husband to gain freedom. However, the pressure of life and study was heavy after all, and the unfavorable situation in China and the international environment made her wish impossible to achieve. She was not able to realize this even to her death. I can fully understand her grief that carried her to the grave. It is a pity that in recent years, due to the interference of the CCP forces, the exchanges between us have become less and less. Especially in the past two years, due to the rampant waves of the CCP virus, everyone had a hard time to protect themselves. I feel sorry for not being able to give early and enough care to her who suffered from the CCP virus first and then discovered the late stage cancer.
Here, we are not only mourning Ms. Zhang Qing, but also paying special tribute to her understanding of her husband over the years and her persistence. We sympathize with her suffering and have to ponder the source of her suffering. This is not the fault of her husband Guo Feixiong, but the evil of the inhumane CCP. We mourn Zhang Qing, as well as the countless family members who died under the CCP's persecution and were unable to see their loved ones for the last time. We support Guo Feixiong, as well as those family members who have always understood and given their support. Now, I have heard that Guo Feixiong, who has been trying hard to come to the United States to take care of his beloved wife and meet for the last time, has been arrested again. This further demonstrates the ghastly face of the CCP which carries out the reckless human rights persecution, and it also encourages all of us to unite and jointly to demonstrate our determination to confront the CCP together.
Rest in peace Zhang Qing! May your wishes lead to the realization of the wishes of other dissidents, until all the loved ones in China would not be hindered by harassment and could always become dependable to each other in life or in death!
The YouTube video for the whole memorial conference for Zhang Qing on January 16, 2022:
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