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Nanfang Editor Explains Reason for Resignation in a Weibo Post: “I Cannot Take Your Surname”

March 28, 2016

Yu Shaolei, former Southern Metropolis Daily editor, explains in a weibo post the reason for his resignation: he can’t take the Party’s surname, and his knees can’t take it anymore.


Yu Shaolei’s weibo post:

[Translation by Human Rights in China]

This spring, let’s just break it off, clean. I’m old, and it’s gone on for so long—my knees really can’t take it. I just want to see if I can change my posture. The person responsible for watching my Weibo account and informing the higher-ups to make me delete my posts can now breathe a long sigh of relief: I’m sorry for causing you angst these last few years. I wholeheartedly hope that your work will take a new direction. In addition, I want to tell all the friends who have been concerned about me: this is goodbye— to the Southern [Metropolis]. (Sorry, I'd definitely practice my penmanship in the future.)

Employee Resignation Application

Name

Yu Shaolei

Start Date

June 1, 2000

Date resigned

April 1, 2016

Department

Southern Metropolis Cultural Supplement

Posistion

Editor

Contact phone number

[Not legible]

Address after time of resignation

[Not legible]

Reason for Resignation:

I Cannot Take Your Surname

(Because of personal reason, [the applicant] was able to submit this application 30 days in advance. As a result, the work unit was unable to cancel in time the social security deduction for the resigned employee. [The applicant] volunteered to have his pay withheld, until the finances are settled.)

Signature of Applicant: Yu Shaolei, March 28, 2016