The France 24 Observers website is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a series of portraits of a few of the Observers who have helped shape this past decade. Meet Lu Haitao, one of our most important voices from China. Because of fears for his safety, Haitao uses a pseudonym and we won’t share his photo.
One of our first collaborations with Lu was back in 2011. A land dispute threw the village of Wukan into turmoil and pitted locals against town authorities. The residents of Wukan ended up ousting the old leaders and holding an election for a new one in a rare act of defiance against the Communist Party.
Before that, Lu helped us understand the growing anti-Japanese sentiment in China, which boiled over into protests in 2010. At the time, the two countries were fighting over several islands in the East China Sea. The protests grew violent and protesters ended up looting shops and destroying Japanese-made cars.
Lu has also helped us tell stories of a slightly stranger nature, like the one about a miraculous fish that allegedly washed up on shore after a typhoon. He consistently offers us telling glimpses into Chinese society, like how Chinese parents were taking their children on visits to luxury homes … to motivate them to do better at school.
We interviewed Lu about his experience with the Observers. You can check it out by clicking on the video below: