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.”
"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.”
“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.”
"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."
"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.”
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.”
"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?’"
"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.”