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Notes on China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and beyond…
Sep 21 '14
Starting September 27th, as introduced in The New York Times, "an ambitious installation by the Chinese activist-artist Ai Weiwei, featuring 176 portraits of prisoners of conscience and political exiles around the world — from the South African leader Nelson Mandela and the Tibetan pop singer Lolo to the American whistle-blower Edward Snowden — composed of 1.2 million Lego pieces. The work is part of an exhibition running through April 26 called ‘@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz,’ organized by For-Site, a San Francisco producer of public art, in the prison hospital, A Block cells, dining hall and that former laundry building.”
For more information, see Jori Finkel, “Art Man of Alcatraz: Ai Weiwei Takes His Work to a Prison,” NYT (18 September 2014)
Image: Thor Swift for the New York Times

Starting September 27th, as introduced in The New York Times, "an ambitious installation by the Chinese activist-artist Ai Weiwei, featuring 176 portraits of prisoners of conscience and political exiles around the world — from the South African leader Nelson Mandela and the Tibetan pop singer Lolo to the American whistle-blower Edward Snowden — composed of 1.2 million Lego pieces. The work is part of an exhibition running through April 26 called ‘@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz,’ organized by For-Site, a San Francisco producer of public art, in the prison hospital, A Block cells, dining hall and that former laundry building.”

For more information, see Jori Finkel, “Art Man of Alcatraz: Ai Weiwei Takes His Work to a Prison,” NYT (18 September 2014)

Image: Thor Swift for the New York Times

2 notes Tags: art China lego Tibet South Africa dissent human rights exhibits United States

Sep 20 '14
"This week on Sinica, Jeremy Goldkorn and David Moser are joined by Fan Popo for a discussion of the way life works for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community in China. For those who have not heard of him, Fan is an accomplished film-maker and social activist, best known as author of the book Happy Together, a complete record of 100 queer films, as well as the director of the China Queer Film Festival.”
For more info and the podcast, see this link.

"This week on Sinica, Jeremy Goldkorn and David Moser are joined by Fan Popo for a discussion of the way life works for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community in China. For those who have not heard of him, Fan is an accomplished film-maker and social activist, best known as author of the book Happy Together, a complete record of 100 queer films, as well as the director of the China Queer Film Festival.”

For more info and the podcast, see this link.

2 notes Tags: China lgbtq podcasts

Sep 4 '14
"After yanking four popular American TV series – The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, NCIS and The Practice - from China’s video-streaming websites in April, the country is now set to put even tighter controls on foreign TV shows available on the Internet, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the new policy.”
For more on the story, see Natalie Wang, “It’s Getting a lot Harder to Stream Western TV Shows in China,” The Nanfang Insider (4 September 2014)
Image: The Blot Magazine

"After yanking four popular American TV series – The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, NCIS and The Practice - from China’s video-streaming websites in April, the country is now set to put even tighter controls on foreign TV shows available on the Internet, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the new policy.”

For more on the story, see Natalie Wang, “It’s Getting a lot Harder to Stream Western TV Shows in China,” The Nanfang Insider (4 September 2014)

Image: The Blot Magazine

Tags: China media television censorship United States

Sep 1 '14
“Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary Japanese animator and Studio Ghibli co-founder, will receive an honorary Oscar in November, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said.

It will be Miyazaki’s second Oscar, having won in the animated feature film category for his 2001 movie ‘Spirited Away.’  He was also nominated for ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ in 2005 and ‘The Wind Rises’ last year. In September, the 73-year-old filmmaker reportedly retired, creating doubt about the future of Studio Ghibli, which he co-founded in 1985.”
For more, see Michael Calia, “Hayao Miyazaki to Receive an Honorary Oscar,” The Wall Street Journal (29 August 2014)
Image: Walt Disney Co. / Everett Collection

Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary Japanese animator and Studio Ghibli co-founder, will receive an honorary Oscar in November, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said.

It will be Miyazaki’s second Oscar, having won in the animated feature film category for his 2001 movie ‘Spirited Away.’  He was also nominated for ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ in 2005 and ‘The Wind Rises’ last year. In September, the 73-year-old filmmaker reportedly retired, creating doubt about the future of Studio Ghibli, which he co-founded in 1985.”

For more, see Michael Calia, “Hayao Miyazaki to Receive an Honorary Oscar,” The Wall Street Journal (29 August 2014)

Image: Walt Disney Co. / Everett Collection

19 notes Tags: cinema Japan miyazaki

Aug 31 '14
"China’s legislature laid down strict limits on Sunday to proposed voting reforms in Hong Kong, drawing battle lines in what pro-democracy groups warned would be a deepening confrontation over clashing visions of the political future of the city and of China."
For more, see Chris Buckley and Michael Forsythe, “Beijing Rules Out Open Elections in Hong Kong,” The New York Times (31 August 2014)
Image: Alex Ogle / Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

"China’s legislature laid down strict limits on Sunday to proposed voting reforms in Hong Kong, drawing battle lines in what pro-democracy groups warned would be a deepening confrontation over clashing visions of the political future of the city and of China."

For more, see Chris Buckley and Michael Forsythe, “Beijing Rules Out Open Elections in Hong Kong,” The New York Times (31 August 2014)

Image: Alex Ogle / Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

3 notes Tags: Hong Kong China democracy politics civil disobedience

Aug 31 '14
"Chinese authorities have ruled out open nominations for elections to choose Hong Kong’s leader.
Authorities said two to three candidates will be nominated by a “broadly representative” committee.
The decision is expected to limit the selection of candidates to pro-Beijing figures.
The pro-democracy Occupy Central movement says it will launch a sit-in in the city’s central business district in protest.”
For more on this story, see “China Rules Out Open Hong Kong Chief Executive Poll" BBC News (31 August 2014)
Image: AFP

"Chinese authorities have ruled out open nominations for elections to choose Hong Kong’s leader.

Authorities said two to three candidates will be nominated by a “broadly representative” committee.

The decision is expected to limit the selection of candidates to pro-Beijing figures.

The pro-democracy Occupy Central movement says it will launch a sit-in in the city’s central business district in protest.”

For more on this story, see “China Rules Out Open Hong Kong Chief Executive Poll" BBC News (31 August 2014)

Image: AFP

5 notes Tags: Hong Kong China democracy politics

Aug 30 '14
"The LSA [Linguistic Society of America] has learned from news reports published this week that Abduweli Ayup has been ordered to pay a large fine and continue his detention in a Chinese prison for the next six months. The LSA had sent a letter earlier this year to government officials in China and the U.S., seeking details about Abduweli’s alleged crimes, and legal intervention on his behalf, consistent with international covenants on human rights. Friends of Abduweli’s have established a fundraising page on the YouCaring website to assist in raising a portion of the $13,000 (USD) fine imposed by the Chinese government.”
For more, see “Uyghur Linguist Sentenced to 18-Month Prison Term in China" Linguistic Society of America.org.  (28 August 2014)

"The LSA [Linguistic Society of America] has learned from news reports published this week that Abduweli Ayup has been ordered to pay a large fine and continue his detention in a Chinese prison for the next six months. The LSA had sent a letter earlier this year to government officials in China and the U.S., seeking details about Abduweli’s alleged crimes, and legal intervention on his behalf, consistent with international covenants on human rights. Friends of Abduweli’s have established a fundraising page on the YouCaring website to assist in raising a portion of the $13,000 (USD) fine imposed by the Chinese government.”

For more, see “Uyghur Linguist Sentenced to 18-Month Prison Term in China" Linguistic Society of America.org.  (28 August 2014)

1 note Tags: China Xinjiang human rights

Aug 24 '14
"Chung Eun-yong ran to his wife and embraced her. She collapsed in his arms, sobbing. He asked and asked about their two young children, but she could not answer.
'At that moment, I realized what happened,' he said. 'And I knew I was never going to have another happy day in my life.'
What he had grasped was that his daughter and son were dead. He spent the rest of his life trying to find out how and why that had happened.”
For more, see Chung Eun-yong’s recent obituary, “Chung Eun-yong, 91, Dies; Helped Expose U.S. Killings of South Koreans,” in The New York Times (22 August 2014)
Image: Heesoon Yim / Associated Press

"Chung Eun-yong ran to his wife and embraced her. She collapsed in his arms, sobbing. He asked and asked about their two young children, but she could not answer.

'At that moment, I realized what happened,' he said. 'And I knew I was never going to have another happy day in my life.'

What he had grasped was that his daughter and son were dead. He spent the rest of his life trying to find out how and why that had happened.”

For more, see Chung Eun-yong’s recent obituary, “Chung Eun-yong, 91, Dies; Helped Expose U.S. Killings of South Koreans,” in The New York Times (22 August 2014)

Image: Heesoon Yim / Associated Press

9 notes Tags: South Korea United States obituaries Korean War

Aug 24 '14
"The Tsungli Yamen" - date 1889-1891, China.
From the collection of the National Archives, UK.
Via Flickr Commons (accessed 24 August 2014). Link.

"The Tsungli Yamen"
- date 1889-1891, China.

From the collection of the National Archives, UK.

Via Flickr Commons (accessed 24 August 2014). Link.

8 notes Tags: China history archives photography visual culture

Aug 22 '14
Alan Baumler reviews volume 3 of Understanding China through Comics by Jing Liu (2013). See the excellent Frog in a Well East Asian weblog here.

Alan Baumler reviews volume 3 of Understanding China through Comics by Jing Liu (2013). See the excellent Frog in a Well East Asian weblog here.

3 notes Tags: China history comics reviews

Aug 19 '14
Paul Pickowicz, author of China on Film: A Century of Exploration, Confrontation and Controversy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013), is interviewed at China Digital Times. There, he shares “his experience studying Chinese cinema since the 1980s, mainland films that made an impact during key political upheavals, as well as his own thoughts on some of the most underrated and overrated films to come out of Mainland China during the past one hundred years.”
See Natalie Ornell, “Paul Pickowicz on a Century of Chinese Film,” China Digital Times (18 Aug 2014)

Paul Pickowicz, author of China on Film: A Century of Exploration, Confrontation and Controversy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013), is interviewed at China Digital Times. There, he shares “his experience studying Chinese cinema since the 1980s, mainland films that made an impact during key political upheavals, as well as his own thoughts on some of the most underrated and overrated films to come out of Mainland China during the past one hundred years.”

See Natalie Ornell, “Paul Pickowicz on a Century of Chinese Film,” China Digital Times (18 Aug 2014)

3 notes Tags: China cinema history interviews books

Aug 19 '14
"At last week’s meeting of the Historical Society for Twentieth-Century China in Taipei, roughly 200 historians from Asia, the United States and Europe gathered to share their latest research. But during lunch hours and coffee breaks, the one question that kept popping up wasn’t about any given paper or project. Instead it was: ‘How’s your archival access been lately?’"
For more on China’s efforts to limit access to historical archives, see Maura Cunningham, “Denying Historians: China’s Archives Increasingly Off-Bounds,” The Wall Street Journal (19 August 2014)
Image: Zuma Press

"At last week’s meeting of the Historical Society for Twentieth-Century China in Taipei, roughly 200 historians from Asia, the United States and Europe gathered to share their latest research. But during lunch hours and coffee breaks, the one question that kept popping up wasn’t about any given paper or project. Instead it was: ‘How’s your archival access been lately?’"

For more on China’s efforts to limit access to historical archives, see Maura Cunningham, “Denying Historians: China’s Archives Increasingly Off-Bounds,” The Wall Street Journal (19 August 2014)

Image: Zuma Press

4 notes Tags: China censorship history scholarship

Aug 12 '14
“Simon Leys Remembered" — A ChinaFile Conversation with Isabel Hilton, Perry Link, and Ian Buruma. (11 Aug 2014). For Simon Leys (Pierre Ryckmans) obituary, see this link.
Image: William West / AFP / Getty Images

Simon Leys Remembered" — A ChinaFile Conversation with Isabel Hilton, Perry Link, and Ian Buruma. (11 Aug 2014). For Simon Leys (Pierre Ryckmans) obituary, see this link.

Image: William West / AFP / Getty Images

4 notes Tags: obituraries China

Aug 3 '14

Aug 3 '14
"South Korea plans to publish a white paper on women forced into sexual slavery by Japan’s military during World War II., the first such report in more than two decades that may fuel tensions between the North Asian neighbors.
The report, to be published next year, will be a comprehensive compilation and analysis of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery crimes and the damage done to the victims, Seoul’s Ministry of Gender Equality & Family said Sunday.”
For more, see In-Soo Nam, “South Korea to Publish White Paper on Japan Sex Slaves,” The Wall Street Journal (3 August 2014)
Image: Associated Press

"South Korea plans to publish a white paper on women forced into sexual slavery by Japan’s military during World War II., the first such report in more than two decades that may fuel tensions between the North Asian neighbors.

The report, to be published next year, will be a comprehensive compilation and analysis of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery crimes and the damage done to the victims, Seoul’s Ministry of Gender Equality & Family said Sunday.”

For more, see In-Soo Nam, “South Korea to Publish White Paper on Japan Sex Slaves,” The Wall Street Journal (3 August 2014)

Image: Associated Press

21 notes Tags: South Korea Japan comfort women Asia Pacific War