If Only Bodies Could Tell Their Story

When I look at the faces of these Bodies on Exhibition (those who still
have a face and not reduced to lungs, hearts and other excised
organs) I see more than veins, nerves, and tissue.  I see a person who
looks like me.  The thoughts that go through my mind are what is this
individual's name, who were his parents, did he or she have a family
and young ones?  I want to ask: “
Please tell us, sir - how did you die?

I want to know: “how did you end up here in Cincinnati, stripped of
your clothing and your skin and with your most private organs
exposed for anyone to behold?”  We know that technicians in China
prepared these bodies for exhibition using a process called
“plastination” that was invented by a German doctor turned
businessman.   There are allegations that the Chinese government
may be even implicated in providing some of the bodies, unidentified,
unclaimed and of uncertain origin.  

For myself, I am looking forward to seeing Chinese athletes, whose
names may live forever, win some gold medals in the 2008 Summer
Olympic Games.  I will take vicarious pride in my distant relatives for
their prowess in gymnastics, basketball, etc., whenever a gold medal
will go to China, even if these Games be a form of “export
entertainment.”  It is a shame that China also exports dead bodies, cut
up and manipulated into a pretense of playing baseball, football, and
what-not.  I must cry out “shame on you, China” and more shame if our
Chinese American community pretended this Exhibition is nothing to
be outraged about.  The world then truly can say the Chinese will sell
anything to make a buck.  

Please tell us, sir - how did you die?”   In my dreams, I hear these
Bodies speak to me and the truth they whisper is the stuff of
nightmares.  I long for the break of dawn when sad apparitions fade in
the light of day.

Charleston C. K. Wang - 3/20/2008.   Mr. Wang is an immigration
attorney whose practice includes pleading on behalf of asylum
seekers and victims of torture.

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