Steven Spielberg

After All, Spielberg is Not Zhang Yimou.

After Steven Spielberg withdrew as artistic director for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, it is not surprising to read angry words towards him in the Chinese press, both on- and off-line. But are there other Chinese who think...

Video: Five from Beijing: Vision or Propaganda?

Amid protests targeting the “real” China beneath the Olympic fervor, the five Vision Beijing short films made their television debut this week, while Iranian director Majid Majidi received the Bird’s Nest prize...

China Says It Will Resume Human Rights Talks With U.S.

The New York Times is reporting that, four years after suspending talks with the United States about human rights abuses, China has signaled that it is once again ready to resume its human rights dialogue with the State Dept....

After Spielberg: Who’s Next?

See the aftermath of Steven Spielberg’s Olympic decision, from Time’s China Blog: The Steven Spielberg affair rolls on. He announced in mid-February that –because of China’s lack of action in stopping the...

Human Rights, and Wrongs

Sports columnist Sally Jenkins writes on laughs at arguments that the Olympics are apolitical inthe Washington Post: International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge spoke yesterday, and, as usual, he didn’t say...

Film Directors Defend Beijing Roles

Following Steven Spielberg’s withdrawal from the Olympics over the Darfur issue, a number of other international celebrities involved with planning for the Games have spoken out to defend their roles. From The Guardian:...

Why China Should Not Fear Open Debate

Victor Mallet, a Hong Kong based Asia editor of the Financial Times, published following OP-ED on the Financial Times: Every writer on China knows that even mild public criticism of the middle kingdom generates vitriolic and...

Politicizing Beijing Olympics Unacceptable

Ding Gang, a senior desk editor at People’s Daily published an op-ed in the paper, via A Western film director is so “naive and simple-minded” that he has made an inopportune move on the...

Darfur, A Reason To Say No?

From The Global Voices Online, translated by Bob Chen: Mr. Spielberg might have piqued a large group of people, including not only the authority, but many common Chinese as well. …In people left over 1500 comments...

Blogs on Spielberg and the Olympics

Spielberg’s decision to withdraw from the Olympics has sparked opinions from bloggers, including these two interesting ones: Richard Spencer blogs for the Telegraph: Only one topic today, which is Steven Spielberg’s...

China Feels The Heat of Its Olympic Ambitions

From Los Angeles Times : In the shadow of the $440-million “bird’s nest” Olympic stadium , migrant workers toil for a few dollars a day. A few miles away, bulldozers destroy a neighborhood where petitioners...

Spielberg Ends Olympic Ties, Citing Darfur Crisis (Updated)

After months of pressure from human rights groups, Steven Spielberg has decided to withdraw from his role organizing the Olympics opening ceremony. From Bloomberg: Director Steven Spielberg cut his ties with the Beijing Olympic...

Spielberg Urges China Again to Help End Darfur ‘Genocide’ – AFP

Steven Spielberg has written to Hu Jintao to appeal for him to help end the genocide in Darfur. From the AFP: In a November 15 letter to Hu released Thursday, Spielberg, who is serving as an artistic advisor for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said the situation in Darfur had deteriorated since he last wrote him […]

Spielberg Mulls Quitting Olympics to Pressure Chinese on Darfur - Russell Goldman

It appears Steven Spielberg, one of the global gurus of spectacle hired to jazz up the 2008 Games, has finally submitted to pressure from Darfur activists and threatened to quit his Olympics post unless China takes a more active role in the Sudan. From ABC News: As celebrities-cum-activists increasingly link the ongoing genocide with China’s […]



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