Sunday, July 21, 2013

Suzhou University's Open Letter to Fu Ping

Suzhou University has issued an open letter to Fu Ping today:
An Open Letter to Ms. Ping Fu by Soochow University 
July 21, 2013 
Ms. Ping Fu, 
We are writing you in response to the bizarre tales you told, in Bend, Not Break, of your undergraduate days with us in Soochow University (Suzhou University in pinyin). 
As firmly stated in our 1st and 2nd Statements, the many falsehoods you fashioned into the memoir, as well as a team of discrepancies in the many clarifications you offered and/or were asked to provide to media, have both unjustifiably defamed Soochow University and ruthlessly abused the personal feelings of your fellow students and teachers. Your persistent refusal to our request for a public apology for your misrepresenting Soochow University and your academic life there, in both the memoir and the press, manifests a “resilience” on you not to speak or seek truth. Worse still, you have presented yourself as a determined fighter against truth in talks with the press, particularly so when addressing the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. 
You have sullied the academic integrity of Soochow University by claiming to have taken BA and MA degrees from the institution. As is shown in our well-kept archives, you withdrew from us on March 16th, 1982, with neither diploma nor degree, not as a result of your facing any likelihood of your being “sent to remote China,” but that of your failing to finish required courses. Lies, however repeated, remain lies, no more and no less. 
Your so-called research on female infanticide in rural China was simply non-existent---- as evidence goes, never ever did you, while with Soochow University, conduct any research or publish any research finding on such a topic. Regrettably, by claiming that readers “made assumptions” on this matter, you all so conveniently dodged the questioning of whether or not you actually wrote it. 
Equally, your alleged experience of secret arrest as punishment for writing a “daring and controversial article” is not anywhere close to truth. Your “accounts” of persecution with, in particular, your depiction of how you got arrested and released, simply cannot pass facts’ scan for entry into truth. 
That, according to your “narrative,” Soochow University conducted intrusive physical checks on all female students’ periods, is a pure fabrication out of nothing. We have never heard of, let alone administering, these malpractices. This very story inflicts an insult not just upon yourself, but upon your fellow students and your alma mater, leaving the name of Soochow University being gravely defiled across the world. 
Whatever value you may have felt it free to assign to your memoir, its story of your learning life in Soochow University is proven unauthentic and short of validity, with a good part of it being outright falsehood. We agree with you that “democracy means everyone is entitled to freedom of expression;” but we would like to remind you that freedom of speech stands as a human right to uncover truth, not as a right to justify lies and liars. We agree with you that humanity has every need to reach out for forces that “unite” us, instead of for those that “divide” us; but we would like to remind you that “civilized contributions” to humanity requires, among others, every one to be a proponent of truth rather than a proponent of falsehood. 
We, Soochow University, have duly noticed your expressed wish to seek for a peaceful reconciliation with us. The words, however, have not been met with any substantive deeds. To actualize the wish, Ms Ping Fu, you are bound with an inalienable obligation to deliver a formal and open apology to Soochow University, your fellow students and teachers whom your memoir has caused to suffer, and exercise an immediate stop to any promotional activity for the memoir, either asking your publisher to recall the first edition of your memoir, or thoroughly correcting the falsehoods thereof to set to print, in the coming November, a truly authentic and valid story to readers and yourself, failure of which is sure to make us take legal actions.

傅苹女士,苏州大学已经注意到了你想与苏州大学达成和解的愿望, 但迟迟未见到有任何实质的行动。要使这一愿望得到实现,你必须向苏州大学、向因你的回忆录而受到伤害的同学和老师公开正式道歉,立即停止一切与你的回忆录相关的宣传活动,要求你的出版机构撤回第一版回忆录,或者在计划于今年11月出的新版中彻底改正原书中的不实之处,还读者以及你本人一个真实的故事。


1 comment:


    Jim ca
    4 days ago

    Let’s look at the recent development on Bend, Not Break controversy:

    1. June 11, 2013, Suzhou University 1st published their statement on deceptive behavior of Ping Fu;

    2. June 14, 2013, Suzhou University published 2nd official statement on deceptive behavior of Ping Fu indicating their readiness to have an open dialog with Ping Fu;

    3. June 20, 2013, Suzhou University had press conference on the same issue indicating its willingness to wait for Ping Fu’s response before taking any legal actions;

    4. June 29, 2013, Ping Fu attended ALA Conference 2013 anyway ignoring Suzhou University’s message to her and gave a speech anyway there using her fake life story;

    5. July 1, 2013, South China Morning Post interviewed Ping Fu in which she expressed her willingness to apologize to Suzhou University;

    6. July 2, 2013, Ping Fu “published” Joe Nocera’s Cultural Revolution Vigilantes on her Google+ site;

    7. July 21, 2013, Suzhou University published its 3rd statement along with evidence;
    i) Ping Fu’s student registration card which she filled out with her own handwriting indicating that
    a) She joined Chinese Communist Youth League in April, 1973;
    b) Ping Fu graduated from Nanjing Guanghuamen High School in 1976;
    c) Ping Fu served as monitor of her class;
    ii) The undergraduate program of Chinese Language and Literature was Ping Fu’s first choice;
    iii) Ping Fu was admitted to the Department of Chinese Language and Literature of Jiangsu Teachers’ College in September, 1978 (Jiangsu Teachers’ College was a formal name for Suzhou University);
    iv) Ping Fu withdrew from Suzhou University on March 16, 1982;

    8. Mid July, 2013, the response from FOIA request for grant #9200301 includes Ping Fu’s resume. On her resume submitted to apply for the federal grants, she had indicate that
    i) She earned a BA degree in Chinese Literature from Suzhou University in March, 1982 when in fact, she withdrew from Suzhou University on March 16, 1982 (confirmed by Suzhou University);
    ii) She was a lecturer at Nanjing Aeronautical Institute, China (1982 – 1983), during which time she claimed that she was doing her infanticide research and was arrested as written in her Bend, Not Break;
    iii) She also published a book called “Two minute stories”, Hebei, China, isbn 7-5353-0761-2, 1988, of which she claimed it was her own publication whereas in fact it was only translation of Mary Parsley’s children’s book;

    Using forged resume to gain federal grants is a serious matter. It hurts taxpayers like you and me, more importantly; it hurts America as a whole. Copyright infringement should not be taken lightly either. Do we know what credentials she used to get onto the President’s advisory board? Should the President of the United States be advised by such person with issues of integrity and honesty?

    With the mountain of evidence, should mainstream media still keep silence?