For all the injustice he sees in China, Yu puts the blame squarely on the unbridled and unchecked power of the government and the Communist Party. His articles have frequently launched into a fierce polemic against society's inequalities. '2,000 years' of harsh oppression of a dictatorial regime, 2,000 years of instillation of the slave culture, 2,000 years of the influence of power and conspiracy - have pushed the moral, spirit and quality of our race deep into the bottom of a valley,' he wrote in Laoshu Ai Dami ('Rats Love Rice'), published in 2001. On the responsibility of scholars and journalists to speak up on behalf of the poor, Yu says their plight will become more desperate and this will only have a grave impact on social stability: 'The underprivileged have no way to express their grievances through these people and their anger and hatred just keeps building up. [Their expression] is already becoming violent, if things aren't changed then the situation will be exacerbated.' On the pressures of being a writer: 'There is something that is absolutely intolerable in this world: literary rubbish. So every time I pick up my pen I can't help feeling nervous.'