“But whether or not there’s a conviction is up to the court …(Chinese law says) before the court decision no one is to determine someone’s guilty or not.And he adds scope through bountiful fire imagery (of the “friendly” variety, alongside generic depictions of ’Nam, napalm and combat; and with a devastating burning forest also symbolizing the destruction that’s apparently necessary for rebirth).Still, Wilson’s unfailingly invoked topography of icons stays intact: shootings, bullets, shotguns, calibre sizes; steeltoe boots, ball caps, plaid shirts, hunting vests; scars, blood, carcasses, catgut stitches; headlocks, grunts, haymaker punches, battles to the death; six packs, shots of hard liquor and mugs of burnt coffee; a foreboding, occasionally pretty landscape dominated by bloodweed, the Bitterroot Mountains, and so on; and a fleet of beloved dented trucks (ideally “a four-by-four reeking of hides and the rusty scent of bled animals”). The words “knuckle” and “fist” recur in the narrative like liturgy.On Weibo, the hashtag “Wanting Qu’s mother on trial” has generated 30.8 million views in the last month, with the overwhelming majority of the commentators angry with Qu’s support of Zhang.
Chinese media says Zhang and her co-accused allegedly doctored the sale — eventually to a real estate company building a housing project — while leaving hundreds of workers living on the land with severely undervalued severance packages and “appalling” living conditions. Yves Tiberghien, director at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, said the public anger seen on social media partly stems from media reports that Zhang staunchly argued her innocence during her trial, incensing the Chinese public.Wilsonverse, then, is a peculiar stylistic territory.And divisive too, insofar as readers who enjoy its highly mannered form of masculine derring-do will savour the tough landscape and rural adventure on tap while others will figuratively lock their doors and speed far, far away.One of her tunes went platinum in China a week after it was released in 2012 and some of her singles have been used in movies and television shows.Tourism Vancouver announced in early 2013 that Wanting had been appointed as Vancouver’s first tourism ambassador in Mainland China.
Wanting Qu, known simply as Wanting, is from China but she moved to Vancouver in her teens.