“Although we enjoy universal suffrage and every citizen democratic rights, in reality our vote doesn’t threaten them.”1
The chapter “Getting Organized: The Parents of a Stolen Child” touched on not only the tragic situations of so many families who have lost children to kidnappers but also the frustration the grieving parents found in dealing with China’s bureaucratic system. They are shuffled from one office to another without ever receiving substantive help in finding their missing children. It seems that, some of the parents involved at least, had never quite realized the extent to which their government disregards the interests of its citizens until confronted with the horrible reality missing children and the government’s lack of concern and help. Does anyone really know what happens to those kidnapped kids? Are there other situations where Chinese lose faith in their government after trying to work with it?
- Sang Ye, China Candid: The People on the People’s Republic, (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2006), 118 ↩