当 时在现场的参与者说，王千源在两方都有朋友，她试着让两个团体对话。王千源开始跨越她所谓的“中间地带”，要求西藏团体的领袖出来会面并开始交涉，王千源 说，如果他愿意与中国支持者交谈的话，她便愿意在一名学生的背上写上“解放西藏、拯救西藏”的字，她开始恳求并发表讲话，在一份照片中，她正走向中国旗帜 与标语所构筑成的中国“海”中，双手高举过头，向他们比了一个暂停的“T”手势。
这 位年轻女子当天选择与西藏支持者站同一边的事件立刻被传开，她的个人资讯被转贴到各大中国论坛，有的人当天也在现场，张贴帖子描述自己所见、王千源如何协 助西藏支持者，如何为西藏的一方发声，不过，更多的是责骂声音，有的人更诅咒这位20岁的女子被汽油焚烧，此外，也有许多人将王千源的照片加工，改成带着 侮辱的画面或是加上愤怒的字眼。有的人还贴了一张王千源父母家门口被泼粪的照片。
杜克人权联盟暨支持西藏祈祷活动组织者寇德罗（Daniel R. Cordero）说，当王千源走过来指着支持中国的团体时，他正在分发传单。
DURHAM, N.C. — On the day the Olympic torch was carried through San Francisco last week, Grace Wang, a Chinese freshman at Duke University,came out of her dining hall to find a handful of students gathered fora pro-Tibet vigil facing off with a much larger pro-China counter demonstration.
Grace Wang tried to talk to Chinese demonstrators at a pro-Tibetan rally at Duke last week.
Ms. Wang, who had friends on both sides, tried to get the two groups to talk, participants said. She began traversing what she called “the middle ground,” asking the groups’ leaders to meet and making bargains. She said she agreed to write “Free Tibet, Save Tibet” on one student’s back only if he would speak with pro-Chinese demonstrators. She pleaded and lectured. In one photo, she is walking toward a phalanx of Chinese flags and banners,her arms overhead in a “timeout” T.
But the would-be referee went unheeded. With Chinese anger stoked by disruption of the Olympic torch relays and criticism of government policy toward Tibet, what was once a favorite campus cause — the Dalai Lama’s people — had become a dangerous flash point, as Ms. Wang was soon to find out.
The next day, a photo appeared on an Internet forum for Chinese students with a photo of Ms. Wang and the words “traitor to your country”
emblazoned in Chinese across her forehead. Ms. Wang’s Chinese name,identification number and contact information were posted, along with directions to her parents’ apartment in Qingdao, a Chinese port city.
Saltedwith ugly rumors and manipulated photographs, the story of the young woman who was said to have taken sides with Tibet spread through China’s most popular Web sites, at each stop generating hundreds or thousands of raging, derogatory posts, some even suggesting that Ms.Wang — a slight, rosy 20-year-old — be burned in oil. Someone posted aphoto of what was purported to be a bucket of feces emptied on the doorstep of her parents, who had gone into hiding.
“If you return to China, your dead corpse will be chopped into 10,000 pieces,”
one person wrote in an e-mail message to Ms. Wang. “Call the human flesh search engines!” another threatened, using an Internet phrase that implies physical, as opposed to virtual, action.
In an interview Wednesday, Ms. Wang said she had been needlessly vilified.
“If traitors are people who want to harm China, then I’m not part of it,”
she said. “Those people who attack me so severely were the ones who hurt China’s image even more.”
She added: “They don’t know whatdo they mean by ‘loving China.’ It’s not depriving others of theirright to speak; it’s not asking me or other people to shut up.”
Ina flattering profile in 2006, Ms. Wang was described in a Qingdao newspaper as believing she was “born for politics.” She writes poetry in classical Chinese, plays a traditional string instrument called the guzheng, and participated in democracy discussion boards back home, she said.
Ms. Wang said she was not in favor of Tibetan independence,but she said problems could be reduced if the two sides understood eachother better.
Since riots in Tibet broke out last month, campuses including Cornell, the University of Washington and the University of California, Irvine, have seen a wave of counter demonstrations.
WhenMs. Wang encountered the two demonstrations last week, the Chinese students seemed to expect her to join them, she said. But she hesitated.
“They were really shocked to see that I was deciding, because the Chinese side thought I shouldn’t even decide at all,” she said. “In the end I decided not to be on either side, because they were too extreme.”
Daniel R. Cordero, a member of the Duke Human Rights Coalition and an organizer of the pro-Tibet vigil, said he was handing out literature when Ms. Wang came up and pointed to the counterprotesters.
“She was like, ‘Why are you focusing on theDuke students? Let’s have a dialogue with these people,’ ” he said.“And I’m thinking, oh come on, seriously, that’s not going to helpanything.”
Some of Ms. Wang’s efforts to mediate were met by insults and obscenities from the Chinese students.
“She stood her ground; she’s a really brave girl,” said Adam Weiss, thestudent on whose back Ms. Wang wrote “Free Tibet.” “You have 200 ofyour own fellow nationalists yelling at you and calling you a traitor and even threatening to kill you.”
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At Ms.Wang’s behest, he ultimately spoke to some of the Chinese contingent,finding, he said, that “we could compromise and say we all wanted increased human rights for all Chinese, and especially for Tibetans.”
Sherry, a Chinese graduate student who declined to give her last name for fear of being harassed, had a less heroic view.
“She claimed she wanted to make communications between both sides, but actually she did nothing before that night. She didn’t communicate with any organizers and actually was just performing,” Sherry said. But she called the backlash against Ms. Wang “horrible.”
“There are a few students that are very angry at her,” she said, “but there are many others who try to protect her, try to speak for her. Actually, the majority didn’t think she did so wrong to be treated like that.”
She said Ms. Wang had squandered some sympathy when, in an article in TheDuke Chronicle, she blamed the Duke Chinese Students and Scholars Association for helping to release her information through its e-mail list.
This week, three officers of the association explained in an open letter that the mailing list was public and called the verbal attacks on Ms. Wang “troubling and heinous.” Her personal information and other offensive posts were removed “once they were brought to our attention,” the letter said. Student groups criticized the association for allowing them to be posted at all.
Zhizong Li, the president of the association, referred most questions to the university but saidthat only about a third of the pro-China demonstrators were association members. Duke has just over 500 Chinese students.
Ms. Wang, who has retained a lawyer, said pulling her personal information off theWeb was not enough. “I will be seen as a traitor forever, and they can still harm my parents,” she said.
But for a woman under threat of dismemberment, she seemed remarkably sanguine — even upbeat.
“My parents are very tolerant to me,” she explained. “They were really disappointed in me for a long time, and I persuaded them to think differently.
“If I can change my parents, I can probably change others.”