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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 February, 2013, 8:36am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 February, 2013, 10:56am

Some vindication of Ping Fu and the malicious Chinese cyber trolls 'persecuting' her with facts

Last month, China's most feared fraud detector Fang Zhouzi noticed American entrepreneur Ping Fu making improbable claims in interviews as publicity for her book, "Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds" and went to work debunking them in his trademark meticulous style.

For people familiar with China's horrendous Cultural Revolution and tumultuous early 1980s, Fang's takedown left little doubt of the veracity of Fu's wilder claims to media, some of which she then retracted, suggesting the record would be set straight if people would just read her book.

Meanwhile, press coverage of Fu and her book was almost exclusively as uncritical as it was patronising, led by The Daily Beast, Huffington PostForbes as well as others.

Exhaustive attempts were made in comment sections to explain the issue, but Fu's supporters appeared unwilling to listen. Even senior Reuters editor Harold Evans (and husband of Daily Beast founder Tina Brown) turned out to vouch for Fu, calling online appeals to reason a persecution.

Of course by this time actual internet trolls, the ones who fabricate China's history in the opposite direction, had joined in, but all of this appeared lost on Fu's unquestioning cheerleaders who, variously, dismissed all the feedback as an attack by Chinese internet vigilantes, a coordinated smear campaign against Fu, now placed high "on the vituperative frontline of cyber hostilities between China and the West".

Ping Fu, the woman in the picture posing with the other Red Guards, who emerged from the Cultural Revolution politically correct enough to be one of the highly privileged few allowed to study abroad in the early 1980s.

Eventually some sense came into play via The Guardian's Tania Branigan and Ed Pilkington, who took the time to read the book.

What did they find?

One of her most striking claims is that Sun Yat-sen, revered as the father of modern China, "raised my grandfather and granduncle as his own sons" – akin to a Briton being reared by Winston Churchill. Prof John Wong of the University of Sydney, an expert on Sun's life, said he had no knowledge of such wards.

Fu told the Guardian: "That was what I was told by my family before I left China. I believe this is true. My mother says it's in history books." She then added that Sun was attentive towards them, rather than actually adopting them.

In a chapter of her book titled Factory Worker, Fu describes labouring in factories for a decade until schools reopened in 1976. She describes working six hours a day, six days a week and told an interviewer she never went to school in 10 years.

Experts on the cultural revolution told the Guardian schools mostly reopened in 1968 or 1969 and that pupils had lessons in factories to learn skills, but were not used as labour.

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larry.trump.7
****baike.baidu.com/view/4552466.htm
傅光培
Is this Ping's grandpa??? They have the same last name!
ping.fu
傅光培 is my grand uncle, older brother of my grandpa who went to Taiwan. 傅光培 has one daughter, and my grandpa has two sons, the older one (my father's brother) went to Taiwan who I never met, he passed away. My father stay in China, he was a professor at NUAA, and was condemned as Taiwan spy, counterrevolutionary member.
Before he died, he wrote "My dear daughters, please forgive me, please don't hate me for I couldn't take care you. But i want you to know, it was the thought of you that kept me live, for all these years, when I thought life was too hard to carry on. I lived because I want to see you again and I want to tell you that I love you." I cry deeply every time I reas this passage, Let's all heal together.
ping.fu
Here are the links to my Great Grandpa, I wonder why experts say he does not exist.
****tw.027.cn/%E5%82%85%E6%85%88%E7%A5%A5
****www.baike.com/wiki/%E5%82%85%E6%85%88%E7%A5%A5
****baike.baidu.com/view/388651.htm
****www.szlhlib.com.cn/web/information.do?actionCmd=view&id=2114
****www.xhgmw.org/archive-49189.shtml
wang.long.547727
In the Guardian article, the expert only said they were not aware of Sun Yat Sen has your father as an adoptive son. It pretty obvious they couldn't have said your great grandpa doesn't exist because that's absurd.
wang.long.547727
I think people are missing the point here. The main problem is not whether your great grandpa is Fu Cixiang or not, but whether Fu cixiang is Sun Yat Sen's adoptive son, or as you described in your book, Sun raised him as his own son. Just showing the connection between Sun Yat Sen and your great grandpa doesn't prove what you claimed in your book is true, I think everyone can agree that they are really very different statements. It's like if you participated in a competition but didn't win a title, then you shouldn't claim that you are the champion. If you claimed so, and people pointed out it's not true, you can't just refute them by showing your enrollment documents for the competition.
allen.simons.56
Based on what you said in your book, we can not believe what you are saying here. You have to show some hard core evidences, not just "told by my parents ..blah blah blah...".
Let's take one step back and assume Mr. Fu Cixiang is indeed your great grandfather. He was a great man who devoted himself to his nation. However, his greatness has nothing to do with all your lies in your shady book. What you said in your previous interviews and other occassions contradicts with the contents of your book. How could you explain that? So, tell us where you lied, in those interviews or in the book?
Now, you brought up your great great grandfather. I am wondering what you want to use him for. Actually, what you did regarding your book shamed your great grandfarther if he is.
larry.trump.7
There is this historical person sharing the same last name with you, but that's not enough to show that you two are related.
ping.fu
do fact check

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