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‘Avatar’ Production Designer Robert Stromberg Says Shen Yun “a terrific performance” and “so inspiring”

Posted by Author on July 12, 2010


By Leigh Smith, Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Emmy and Academy Award winner, Robert Stromberg. Robert also was the production designer for the movies 'Avatar' and 'Alice in Wonderland.' (The Epoch Times)

LOS ANGELES— Many celebrities attended the opening night of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ summer West Coast tour at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, in Los Angeles. It was the first of five performances there by the New York-based company.

Emmy and Academy Award winner Robert Stromberg, the production designer for Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, was among them.

“It’s absolutely beautiful,” he said. “It was so inspiring, I think I may have found some new ideas for the next Avatar.

“It was a very unique performance. It was tremendous to see the wide range of different types of performance art come together as one. It’s really beautiful to see that as one single performance,” he said.

As a highly accomplished visual artist, Mr. Stromberg praised “the color, the lights, and the movement.” “The performers were fantastic! I thought it was wonderful,” he added.

Shen Yun brings classical Chinese dance, spanning thousands of years of tradition, to the stage. Mr. Stromberg appreciated the quality and attention to detail. He said, “It’s obviously very poetic. The subtlety and attention to detail and synchronization is astounding.”

Shen Yun presents ancient legends, modern stories, and folkloric dances. Mr. Stromberg said, “It’s nice to finally see part of Chinese culture and understand the history.”

Mr. Stromberg said he was inspired by some of the dances: “I especially loved the dances where they synchronized the sounds as well with the costumes and what they’re wearing—the women with the silver and the men with the chopsticks. …

“The environments, the background, the use of color, the use of color and costume together—those types of things were very unique and inspirational,” he said.

‘A Wonderful Experience’

Shen Yun uses vibrant projected digital backdrops, which give the impression of three dimensions. Dancers seem to emerge from and return to the projected backdrops.

As a film professional, Mr. Stromberg felt the unique backdrops added to the performance: “It was an interesting use of an interactive element, which I think, as it develops it, could become a new art form in itself—a live performance mixed with digital projection and maybe 3-D eventually, who knows.

“Using those two techniques together, it would be almost like going to the theater and the movies at the same time,” he said.

Mr. Stromberg appreciated Shen Yun’s presentation of traditional Chinese culture: “Working as a designer myself, I have done a lot of research on China and the landscapes of China and how beautiful they are. Seeing a traditional performance with the authentic dance moves and authentic backgrounds—it all came together.

“What can I say? It was a terrific performance and a wonderful experience.”

Robert Stromberg won Emmy Awards and an Academy Award for his work as a special-and visual-effects artist.

During his time on Star Trek, Mr. Stromberg earned an Emmy Award. Since then, he has been nominated for and has won a number of Emmy Awards while working in television and film.

In 2010 he won, along with others, the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Art Direction for Avatar.

The Epochtimes

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Actress Lexi Ainsworth Says Shen Yun Show ‘a new experience’

Posted by Author on July 12, 2010


By Joshua Philipp, Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Lexi Ainsworth with Gabriela Rodriguez at the opening night of Shen Yun Performing Arts in Los Angeles. (The Epoch Times)

LOS ANGELES— The opening night of Shen Yun Performing Arts in Los Angeles was attended by a host of celebrities. The show of music and classical Chinese dance was held at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Attending the July 8 performance was actress Lexi Ainsworth, known for playing Kristina Davis in the new seasons of “General Hospital,” and for her role in Wild Child.

“It was fantastic,” said Ms. Ainsworth during the intermission. “It was wonderful. It was a new experience for me, I loved it.”

Ms. Ainsworth said she particularly enjoyed an energetic Mongolian dance, which is done using chopsticks: “It’s amazing how they can make the beats of the chopsticks while dancing at the same time.” She added, “I wouldn’t be able to do it.”

The dancers of Shen Yun bring to life China’s 5,000 years of culture through the art of classical Chinese dance, as well as Chinese ethnic and folk dance. The unique dance forms allow for a broad range of movements and expression.

Having a background in ballet, Ms. Ainsworth said that before seeing Shen Yun, she was not aware of the difference between ballet and classical Chinese dance. “It’s really interesting. They’re amazing and I wish I could do what they do,” she said.

Ms. Ainsworth added, “It’s really educational, because I didn’t know much about it. But I like how they pause at each little segment and give a description of what the next one is going to be like, what the history of it is.”

Also included with the show is a full, digital backdrop, which displays moving images and scenes across times and cultures.

“I’ve never seen a performance that uses a TV screen in the background. It’s the first time I’ve seen that. So it was really interesting how they incorporated that into the dance,” Ms. Ainsworth said.

She added, “I thought it was really clever.”

The Epoch Times

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Golden Globe-nominated actress “liked everything about the show” of shen Yun

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


By Linda Slupsky, Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Golden Globe-nominated actress Anne Jeffreys heaped praise on Shen Yun Performing Arts. (The Epoch Times)


LOS ANGELES
— Golden Globe-nominated actress Anne Jeffreys heaped praise on Shen Yun Performing Arts after taking in the show at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday night.

“I loved it. I thought it was beautiful. It was informative and the dancers were glorious. The costumes were so beautiful and the precision. I liked everything about the show,” said Ms. Jeffreys, who has acted on stage and in more than 40 films.

Besides working along side Frank Sinatra, she has appeared on L.A. Law, Murder She Wrote, the original Battlestar Galactica and has her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“There were so many people on the stage and they were all so graceful. I just loved it. And colorful, the costumes were gorgeous. The dancing was unbelievable.”

She said she enjoyed the stories and loved the Chinese instruments and the orchestra. She singled out the two-stringed erhu solo for special consideration.

“Fabulous. Wonderful. I’ve been in music all my life and I’ve never heard that instrument, knowingly, before, and she played it beautifully.”

She thought that the show was a wonderful representation of China, all the culture of China. “It was just beautiful, I loved it.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun ‘Absolutely epic’, Says Disney Actor

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


By Masha Savitz, Epoch Times Staff, July 10, 2010 –

Doug Haley, who plays Walter in Good Luck Charlie on the Disney Channel. (The Epoch Times)

LOS ANGELESShen Yun Performing Arts is in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion throughout the weekend. This unique show aspires to preserve and promote China’s 5,000-year-old majestic authentic culture.

Many audience members were from L.A.’s artistic and entertainment community. Doug Haley, who plays Walter in Good Luck Charlie on the Disney Channel, attended the opening show on Thursday evening, July 8.

“I thought it was beautiful,” said the actor. “Extremely talented performers. It was a beautiful marriage of song and dance. It was exquisite. It was very colorful, very vibrant. Epic. E-P-I-C.”

Mr. Hayley also commented on the successful “marriage” of the Shen Yun Orchestra playing Eastern and Western instruments.

“You don’t notice that you’re listening to French horn and classical European instruments and Asian instruments and the gong … the way they’re fused together. You don’t realize you’re listening to completely different traditional cultures infused as one, and I thought that was really cool how they put that together.”

The classical Chinese two-stringed instrument, the erhu, took his breath away.

“I thought that was stunning and breathtaking and totally had me in awe. That was actually my favorite part, that composition.”

Shen Yun’s show is rich with information on Chinese heritage, leaving Mr. Haley eager to learn more.

“This is the first traditional Chinese show, you know, I would have liked to learn more. I feel like coming in very naïve to Chinese culture as I am, you did learn a lot of the history, particularly in the end with the scriptures of Buddha and the arrival of the scriptures [The Buddha’s Teachings Spread Far and Wide], but a lot of it was folklore and folktales and kind of mythology.”

“I don’t know how you could come and not be inspired by the dancing and the music, I mean it is absolutely epic,” Mr. Haley continued. “I could tell everyone was extremely well trained. It was beautiful. The way they worked together. The symmetry, the sync of everything. It was really beautiful to take in and to watch.”

Describing the spiritual element of the performance, Mr. Haley said, “with the monks, there’s definitely a sense of enlightenment and there was one dance number that was focusing on the point as human beings, we’re always searching for something. What are we looking for? You need faith to find whatever you’re looking for. Faith is one of the cornerstones that will help you along your journey … the show reiterated that point so absolutely,” said Mr. Haley.

“Check out Shen Yun!” he concluded, urging everyone to attend the show.

The Epohctimes

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Actress Wedil David Says She Has ‘Never seen anything like it’ after Shen Yun Show (photo)

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


Epoch  Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Movie star Wedil David loved the Sehn Yun show. (The Epoch Times)

LOS ANGELES— Putting on the first of five performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last night, July 8, Shen Yun Performing Arts is dazzling local stars and residents with its Summer West Coast Tour.

The New York-based artists are sharing China’s ancient culture through the fine arts of classical Chinese dance, opera singing, and orchestral music in a wonderful display of the country’s rich heritage and enduring traditions.

Movie star Wedil David loved the show. The actress was born in New Delhi and most recently appeared in the film Valentine’s Day.

“I’ve never seen anything like it—the colors, the costuming, the dancing is absolutely beautiful,” remarked Ms. David.

Spiritually, Ms. David found Shen Yun “absolutely fascinating,” especially with the interplay of English and Mandarin languages by the emcees who introduce and interpret each dance for the audience. “It’s very cool. I like it,” she added.

As an actress, her impression of the show was that it was “gorgeous.” “Something I would definitely recommend for people to see, for sure,” she commented.

Ms. David expressed her happiness at being able to see this “wonderful production” and continued, “This is a new thing for me and I absolutely love it.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Hollywood Movie Producer Calls Shen Yun Show Innovative, Uplifting

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


By Leigh Smith, Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Mayne Berke, a production designer and movie producer who worked on the films Ninja Turtles, SWAT, Princess Diaries, and Rock Star, to name a few, came to see Shen Yun in Los Angeles on July 8. (The Epoch Times)


LOS ANGELES
— The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was the venue for the opening of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ summer West Coast tour on July 8. Featuring the best of Shen Yun’s last four seasons, the show received an enthusiastic audience response.

Mayne Berke works in the film industry as a production designer and movie producer. He has worked on Ninja Turtles, SWAT, Princess Diaries, and Rock Star, to name a few. He was in the audience to experience the splendor of New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts.

Mr. Berke said, “I loved it. I thought it was very innovative. It was uplifting, and it was very educational.”

Shen Yun features classical Chinese dance and music, presented through a colorful array of stories and dances drawn from China’s 5,000-year-old culture.

Mr. Berke was impressed with how all aspects of the show came together to tell a story. “I love the traditional movement. I love the way the movements worked in with the costumes, particularly the fabric—the extended arms and the colors and all that spinning. I think the use of costumes and movement and integration of the two was phenomenal,” he said.

As a production designer, Mr. Berke described Shen Yun as terrific. “I love the use of the digital backgrounds. I love the interactions between the digital backgrounds [and] the performance happening in front of it. A really interesting technique! Novel and inspiring!” he said……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun “unbelievable” “so marvelous”, says former Miss America and TV film actress Lee Meriwether

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


By Linda Slupsky, Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

TV and film actress Lee Meriwether. (The Epoch Times)

LOS ANGELES— The audience was filled with celebrities on Thursday’s opening night of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. One of the celebrities included former Miss America and veteran stage, TV, and film actress Lee Meriwether.

Ms. Meriwether, who attended the show with her granddaughter, enjoyed the show tremendously.

“It’s beautiful! The dancing is unbelievable, it’s so marvelous! I’m very impressed,” she said at intermission.

Ms. Meriwether only learned of the show recently and thought that it might be something that would make a good evening out with her granddaughter. She said she didn’t know what to expect.

“It’s just beautiful!” she said. “I’m amazed at the dancing … so beautifully interwoven with all the beautiful costuming, and the music is lovely.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Reality TV Star Mike Manning Inspired by Shen Yun’s Chinese Dance (photo)

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


By Ben Bendig, Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Mike Manning, a star on MTV's reality show Real World: DC, gave glowing praise for Shen Yun. (Albert Roman/The Epoch Times)

LOS ANGELESShen Yun Performing Arts opened its summer West Coast tour at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion tonight to an enthusiastic audience. The tour is featuring the best of Shen Yun’s last four seasons, with masterful classical Chinese dance and music.

A number of stars were seen at the red carpet opening of tonight’s show, including Priscilla Presley, Frank Stallone (brother of Sylvester Stallone) and his mother, along with many other actors and actresses.

At intermission Mike Manning, a star on MTV’s reality show Real World: DC, gave glowing praise for Shen Yun.

“I love it, so far, it’s a lot of fun,” says Mr. Manning.

“It makes me want to learn how to dance better, because you get into the stories,” he says.

“Somebody can tell a story, and it says one thing, but when you see it in a play, or a show, or a dance, it brings it to life.”

The dances in Shen Yun feature classical Chinese dance, a rich artistic form that draws on 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Along with ballet, classical Chinese dance is one of the most comprehensive forms of dance in the world. Each piece in the show depicts an aspect of China’s ancient culture—be it stories from mythology, dances from different ethnic groups, or pieces that depict things happening in China today.

Supporting the dance is a full orchestra that features both Chinese and Western instruments.

“The music is just icing on the cake—it’s perfect, because you have the story being told, you have the dancers dancing, then you have the music bringing you into it,” says Mr. Manning.

Also part of the show are music pieces featuring operatic singers, as well as a solo instrumental performance of the Chinese erhu, a two-stringed bowed instrument. The audience was particularly delighted with the erhu performance.

The show appeals on many levels, but part of it is China’s rich history. “I heard that this is 5,000 years of culture wrapped up in a few stories, and it’s great,” says Mr. Manning.

“Like I said, it makes me want to learn how to dance.”

The Epochtimes

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ABC TV Actor Harvey Guillen: “I was blown away” by Shen Yun

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


By Linda Slupsky, Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Harvey Guillen, an actor on ABC TV's new series Huge on Monday nights. (The Epoch Times)


LOS ANGELES
— Enchanting its audiences on its 30-country world tour, Shen Yun arrived in L.A. this July 8, the first of five shows that depict, in music and dance, China’s rich and glorious traditional culture.

Harvey Guillen, an actor on ABC TV’s new series Huge on Monday nights, found the show engaging artistically, as well as educationally.

Mr. Guillen loved the show. “It was great, it was colorful, and entertaining. It was a great time. We were all having a blast.”

He shared with his co-attendees that Shen Yun could tell a story without words. “In a dance it was amazing there were so many stories that go back so many hundreds of years,” said Mr. Guillen. “I walked away with so much knowledge that I didn’t know before.”

Mr. Guillen said that there was so much history from China it was amazing. “It was done so well,” he said.

He learned about different ethnicities within China. “I was blown away, so many parts of China with their own dialects and their own traditions, their own wardrobe—I learned a lot of history,” says the actor.

“It was a history lesson within the arts, so it was really fantastic to watch.”

His advice to everyone: “You have to catch this show, everyone is just perfection. It is beautifully done, it’s just wonderful.”

The Epochtimes

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Gun N’ Roses New Album: Falun Gong Have Seen the End of Persecution in China

Posted by Author on November 24, 2008


According to Gun N’ Roses’ official website, its new album Chinese Democracy was finally released

Chinese Democracy comes to America (from GunsNRoses.com)

Chinese Democracy comes to America (from GunsNRoses.com)

yesterday in The United States. This release is definitely not enjoyable for the communist China government, not only because of the word “Democracy” which is censored on the Chinese Internet, but also, most importantly, because it brings to light of the the brutal persecution of Falun Gong ( Info, case study), for which the regime has done it best to cover up all the time. Now the feeling of the Chinese government is more fear of crime exposure than anger.

Have a look at following short news report:

The song Chinese Democracy, was inspired by the Martin Scorsese film, Kundun which documents the life and teachings of the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Llama.  Rose first played the song live at a Las Vegas show in 2001 stating “…right now China symbolizes one of the strongest, yet most oppressive countries and governments in the world.”

Past the Tibet situation, Rose brings to light yet another atrocity in China with his mention of the persecution of the spiritual practice Falun Gong with the lyrics “Blame it on the Falun Gong, they’ve seen the end and you [the Chinese Communist Party*] can’t hold on now.”

The persecution of Falun Gong has been a reality in China for nearly ten years, starting in July of 1999, and the media outlets and news sources in both the East and the West, have been for the most part, tight lipped. Axl Rose has taken steps in a meaningful and honorable direction with the inclusion of real and breathing humanitarian content that takes aim at reaching the world’s people through his tried and true medium of hard rock music.  (by the Epochtimes)

Enjoy, fans.

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China cinema to ban Sharon Stone who links quake to ‘karma’

Posted by Author on May 28, 2008


By Karen Chu, Hollywood Reporter, May 27, 2008-

HONG KONG — Sharon Stone, who last year was a guest of the Shanghai International Film Festival, now faces a boycott of her films in China after she suggested the devastating May 12 earthquake there could have been the result of bad “karma.”

Stone’s remarks, made Thursday at the Festival de Cannes, pondered a link between the earthquake — which to date has taken the lives of more than 65,000 — and China’s treatment of ethnic Tibetans and their exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, whom she called “a good friend.”

“I’m not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don’t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else,” Stone said in a brief red-carpet interview with Cable Entertainment News of Hong Kong. “And then this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that karma? When you’re not nice that the bad things happen to you?”

Her remarks triggered anger across the Chinese-language media and were called “inappropriate” by the founder of one of China’s biggest urban cinema chains, who said his company would not show the Hollywood star’s films.

Ng See-Yuen, founder of the UME Cineplex chain and the chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers, said that actors should not bring personal politics to comments about a natural disaster that has left 5 million Chinese homeless.

UME has branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hangzhou and Guangzhou, China’s biggest urban movie markets.

Largely ignored by the Chinese media were the 50-year-old “Basic Instinct” actress’ closing remarks in the interview at Cannes. Stone said she cried when she got a letter from the Tibetan Foundation asking her to help the quake victims.

“Sometimes you have to learn to put your head down and be of service, even to people who aren’t nice to you. That’s a big lesson for me,” Stone said.

– Original from Hollywood Reporter: Chinese cinema to ban Sharon Stone

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Slovak Figures’ Words of Support For the Human Rights Torch Relay

Posted by Author on September 15, 2007


(excerpt) Human Rights Torch Relay Website-

Mons. Frantisek Tondra, slovak bishop biskup a chairman of the Slovak Bishops Convention

I join all the participants and sympatizers of the “Human Rights Torch” and support all other events aimed at removing the suffering of innocent victims in China. Religion and civic freedom are two terms of the same category, which cannot be separated from each other. So I wish the Relay success, so the Olympics games in China could fulfill their message.”
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Pavol Hrusovsky, chairman of the Christian Democratic Movement

Since I have always been caring about the human rights being upheld and respected, I declare my support to your initiative. I believe, that also this impulse will initiate positive changes in China and the the representatives of the chinese government will realise, that in the country, where the human rights are violated, the games based on the educational value shouldn’t be held.

I wish to both you and ourselves, that the next Olympics games will be a demonstration, a symbol and a proof of respecting the basic ethical principles in the country of their organizers as well.”
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Milan Lasica, actor and humorist

“Olympics games and violation of the human rights, they don‘t fit together.”
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Milan Markovic, moderator, humorist and satirist

“Of course, I identify myself with the ideas of the Relay (…) Despite of physical achievements, I always understood the Olympics games as a celebration of the greatness of the human spirit. It’s important, that this will be the understanding of the organizers as well.”
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Eduard Chmelár, peace activist and publicist

” welcome the global Relay with the Olympics torch of the human rights and identify myself with this noble idea. Let’s don’t allow the enthusiasm of the sport fans to just make backcloth for the regime, which not only uses the most brutal means to silence freedom-loving people, but by their shameful support to Sudan government takes co-responsibility for killing 200,000 people in Darfur. I join the voices which challenge China to fulfil their international obligations. Olympics games are not only about medals, fun and profits. Olympics games do have their idea. Without it’s fulfillment, they are useless.”
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Matej “Sajfa” Cifra, popular moderator

“When I was young, my parents explained me many times, that in my life I’ll encounter many things, which I should just take sportfully („sporty way”). Like Olympics games, for example. But under circumstances existing in the communist China, it would be negligent to take them sportfully („sporty way”) only!”
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Joseph M. Burza, writer and president of the Canadian-Slovakian Chamber of Commerce

“I express my unambiguous support to the ideas of the World Torch Relay. Only the international pressure can change the demagogy of the Olympics Games 2008 in Beijing and force the chinese government to fundamentally and relevantly improve the protection of the human rights in China. It is neccessary to take an active stand and protect the main ideas of the Olympics games.”
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Jan Budaj, former politician and dissident

“I believe, based on our experience from the totalitarian times, that the international opinion do have an influence on the politics of the chinese communist government. Your initiative is important also because those, who suffer and are intimidated in China, are isolated dissidents. Oftentimes, governments of the free world close their own eyes about that situation. And the general public lives with the false sense, that the cold war with their dictatorial regimes is a concluded thing of the past. But that’s not how it is (even here in Europe). The freedom remains a permanent challenge. So I support the Relay, which reminds chinese authorities about their obligations they took together with the organisation of the Olympics games.”
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Monika Hilmerova, actress

“I join the support for the Realy, which aim is to remind Chinese government their obligations in the area of respecting human rights. I am glad, that the world behind the Chinese great wall is not negligent about misuse of the Olympics games for propagandistic goals. Tradition of the modern Olympics games is based on humanism and friendly co-operation between nations. It’s contradictory that the Olympics games are held in the country, where authorities roughly violate human rights.”
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Petra Polnisova, actress

“I consider the methods and atrocities, which are happening in China, as a heavy crime. It is therefore unethical, that the Olympics games will be held in the country, which even to this day is not able to respect their duties and obligations, taken during their olympics candidacy. I join your initiative, since torture and persecution for expressing one’s free opinion is not only against the principles of the Olympics games, but mainly against humanity itself.”
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Maria Batorova, Slovak P.E.N. Center

“Persecution of the Falun Gong, human rights violations, imprisonment, maltreatment and torture of their own citizens is against the Olympics Charter and it’s main principles. Together with other people, I express my protest and support to World Human Rights Torch Relay.”
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Adela Banasova, moderator

“Let’s imagine, that the soccer would be played on the crooked playground and every participant would pretend that it’s perfectly normal and acceptable, when the ball will always turn to one direction. Sport is a fair play, so also in this olympics extent, it should be held on the fair sport “playground”, where every “participants” do have dignified conditions.”
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Patricia Garajova – Jariabkova, actress and moderator

“I join the declaration. Nothing is holy to us humans anymore. That’s one more reason it is necessary not to be quiet. In order so as much people as possible will know about and step up against the crimes, executions, organ harvesting, and concentration camps in communist China. Olympics games on the one side, and arrogant monstrous violation of the human rights on the other, that’s mutually exclusive.”
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Beata Dubasova, singer

“Violations of the human rights on the one side, and the main idea and mission of the Olympics games on the other side, thats unequivocally mutually exclusive things.”
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– Original report from Human Rights Torch Relay: Olympics and crimes against humanity can’t coexist in China: World Olympic Torch Relay for Human Rights on its trip around the world comes to Bratislava, with Supports from the Slovak figures

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Richard Gere Urges Beijing Olympics Boycott

Posted by Author on September 4, 2007


By Michelle Nichols, Reuters, Sep 2, 2007-

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Richard Gere chases a fugitive Bosnian war criminal in his latest movie role, but in real life the devout Buddhist is pursuing China on human rights abuses and says a boycott of the Beijing Olympics could help.

Gere, chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet, told Reuters the 2008 Beijing Olympics were a good opportunity to encourage China to end human rights abuses in Tibet and allow the Himalayan region to decide its future.

Last month thousands of Tibetans marched in New Delhi and New York calling for a boycott of the Beijing games.

“A general boycott to me certainly has value; it’s probably impractical, but emotionally absolutely makes sense,” Gere, 58, said. “Why should the world reward people who are obviously so bad to their own people, so bad to other people.”

“In the same sense, encouragement is really important,” he said in an interview to promote “The Hunting Party,” opening in U.S. theaters on Friday. “Not one country on this planet has got it all together, including the United States.”

Golden Globe winner Gere, star of “American Gigolo” and “Pretty Woman,” has long been barred from visiting China for his support of Tibet and in 1993 spoke out about the plight of the Himalayan region at the Academy Awards.

China has ruled Tibet since 1950. About 120,000 Tibetans are exiled in India, including the Dalai Lama — Tibet’s spiritual leader — who fled after a failed uprising in 1959……. ( more details from Reuters’ report: Richard Gere touts new movie, urges Olympics boycott)

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Chinese Action Star Jet Li Attacks China Film Censors

Posted by Author on August 20, 2007


BBC News, 20 August 2007-

Chinese action star Jet Li has voiced frustration that his Hollywood films do not get shown in his home country.

Writing on his website, the star said his 2000 hit Romeo Must Die was banned by censors for featuring gangsters.

In 2001, Kiss of the Dragon was banned because Li’s character, a Chinese policeman, killed people abroad.

“Films don’t always have to be realistic,” said Li, who argued China’s film industry was suffering as a result of the restrictions placed on it.

“Typically, action films have good and bad characters,” the star said.

“If gangsters aren’t appropriate and police officers aren’t appropriate, then what type of character can there be that wouldn’t start an argument?”

“It leaves only the ancient Chinese stories to be produced.”

Strict rules

China carefully controls media content and only allows about 20 foreign movies to be officially screened each year.

And China’s Film Bureau has the power to request further editing of films which it considers to contain offensive scenes.

One such film was the Johnny Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

The Chinese news agency Xinhua said scenes with actor Chow Yun-fat were cut because his character – a bald and scarred pirate – was an insult to the country’s population.

Li, a former national kung fu champion, made his name in Hong Kong film with movies like the Once Upon a Time in China series before moving on to Hollywood.

He has appeared in several Western action films, including Lethal Weapon 4, but continues to make Chinese-language films like Hero – which was nominated for the best foreign film Oscar in 2002.

Li is currently shooting Hollywood movie The Forbidden Kingdom with fellow martial arts expert Jackie Chan.

– Original report from BBC News : Jet Li attacks China film censors

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Press Release: Opening Ceremony of Global Human Rights Torch Relay on August 9

Posted by Author on August 9, 2007


Press Release, http://www.nieuwsbank.nl, 09-08-2007-

 

Olympics and Crimes Against Humanity Cannot Coexist In China

ATHENE, 2007/08/08 — Initialized by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) and supported by many organizations and individuals, the Human Rights Torch Relay will officially have its opening ceremony to light the first flame on August 9, 2007 in Athens, Greece.

More than 100 cities from 30 countries will join the torch relay after the ceremony, calling on the international communities to focus on brutal violations of human rights and the Olympics spirit by the Chinese Communist regime, in order to stop such crimes and not let the 2008 Olympic Games become “Bloody Harvest Games”.

For years, the Chinese Communist regime has been persecuting people in China, such as Christians, Catholics, Tibetans, and Falun Gong practitioners. The crimes of torture and genocide they have committed against humanity have been condemned worldwide. The 2008 Olympics were offered to Beijing for the regime to improve its crude human rights record.

However, instead of stopping its persecution, the regime has made use of the Olympics to further repress people in China, damaging the Olympic spirit of peace and human dignity.

Moreover it also supports crimes outside China, particularly the genocide in Darfur, which has been well exposed by the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and actress Ms. Mia Farrow, who consequently dubbed the 2008 Olympics the “Genocide Olympics”.

Greece, as the origin of Olympics, will receive many politicians, human rights organizations and Olympians as well as representatives of Chinese human rights defenders to attend the press conference and/or the ceremony, including:

Mr. Martins Rubenis, Mrs. Jan Becker, Olympic medal winners;

Hon. David Kilgour, former Canadian Parliament member and one author of the investigation report, which verifies ongoing organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China;

Mr. Michael Ghiolman III, Ghiolman Yachts Travel Aviation, President of Environmental – Ecological – Cultural and Development Society, whose grandfather and grandfather’s brother helped to organize the first Olympic Games in 1896;

Mrs. Melanie Fleck, Austrian Singer;

Dr. George Karahalios, prominent Mass Media Communicator & Lobbyist;

A Traditional Greek Music Band

Press conference:
King George II, 3 Vas Georgiou A’ St 105 64, Athens
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm, 9th August 2007

Opening Ceremony:
Syntagma Square, Athens
Time: 20:30 pm – 22:00pm 9th August 2007

Background:

The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) is an international non-government organization established in 2006 when the brutal crime of organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China was exposed to the public. It consists of over 300 members from four continental delegations around the world, from politicians to doctors, from lawyers to religious groups.

The European delegation is chaired by Baroness Caroline Cox, member of the House of Lords (UK).

CIPFG since its set up has been requesting the Chinese regime to stop the persecution of Falun Gong, and allow the independent investigation by the international community inside China. However no response from the regime has been received.

On May 30, 2007, CIPFG announced in Canada the statement-Olympics and Crimes Against Humanity Cannot Coexist In China.

On June 8, CIPFG wrote to the Chinese leaders Mr. Hu Jintao and Mr. Wen Jiabao, to ask them to stop the persecution by August 8, 2007, otherwise CIPFG would call for a worldwide boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

The Human Rights Torch Relay, initialized by CIPFG, has been widely joined and supported, by for example Network for Human Rights in China (Denmark), International Society for Human Rights (Germany), Doctors Against Organ Harvesting (USA), Canadian Students for Darfur, and especially large numbers of people in China who recently sent out the message to ask for “No Human Rights, No Olympics”.

Contact Greece:
Fotini Bakatsia, Tel +30-6973 579932,
Kostas Tsolis, Tel +30-6947 421621
Email: cipfg_greece@cipfg.net

Contact Holland:
W. Stuifbergen, Tel 070-3456851 fax: 010-4613979
Dhr. M. `t Hoen, Tel 06-44173026 fax: 010-4613979
Email: olympischespelen@cipfg.nl

Internet
:
www.cipfg.org
www.boycottccpolympic.org/ol/en/ol2.jsp

– Original report from http://www.nieuwsbank.nl : Global Human Rights Torch Relay

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Spielberg Mulls Quitting Olympics to Pressure China on Darfur

Posted by Author on July 27, 2007


By RUSSELL GOLDMAN, ABCnews, U.S., July 26, 2007-

Steven Spielberg, under pressure from Darfur activists, may quit his post as artistic adviser to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, unless China takes a harder line against Sudan, a representative of the film director told ABC News.

China, Sudan’s largest oil customer and perennial defender, has come under renewed scrutiny in the lead up to the Olympics, as the country juggles its need for cheap energy with its desire to host a trouble-free games.

As celebrities-cum-activists increasingly link the ongoing genocide with China’s patronage, some — most notably and vocally, the actress Mia Farrow — have accused Spielberg of complicity, by not using his prominence and position to pressure the Chinese government to change course.

“Is Mr. Spielberg, who in 1994 founded the Shoah Foundation to record the testimony of survivors of the holocaust, aware that China is bankrolling Darfur’s genocide?” Farrow and her son Ronan wrote in a March Wall Street Journal editorial.

In that same piece, “The Genocide Olympics,” Farrow compared Spielberg to the Nazi director Leni Riefenstahl whose film “Olympia” was a paean to the 1936 Berlin Games.

“Does Mr. Spielberg really want to go down in history as the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Games,” Farrow wrote.

Days after Farrow’s editorial, Spielberg wrote an open letter to Hu Jintao, president of China. “I am writing this letter to you, not as one of the overseas artistic advisors to the Olympic Ceremonies, but as a private citizen who has made a personal commitment to do all I can to oppose genocide. … Accordingly, I add my voice to those who ask that China change its policy toward Sudan and pressure the Sudanese government to accept the entrance of United Nations peacekeepers to protect the victims of genocide in Darfur,” Spielberg wrote.

Excluding that letter, Spielberg and his representatives have, until now, been tight-lipped on what additional action the director might take.

“Steven will make a determination in the next few weeks regarding his work with the Chinese. Our main interest is ending the genocide. No one is clear on the best way to do this,” Spielberg’s spokesman Andy Spahn told ABCNEWS.com. (…… more details from ABCNEWS report )

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China handbag: Actress Cameron Diaz Apologize to Peru for Maoist Slogan

Posted by Author on June 27, 2007


By Ray McDonald, VOA News, Washington, 25 June 2007-Actress Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz said she was sorry for carrying a Maoist handbag in Peru.

(photo: Cameron Diaz , with handbag slung over shoulder, walks on streets of Cuzco, 19 Jun 2007 – from VOA NEws website)

The actress issued a June 24 apology for visiting the ancient Incan city of Machu Pichu carrying an olive green bag emblazoned with a red star and the slogan “Serve The People” in Chinese. It was perhaps the most famous slogan of Communist leader Mao Zedong.

Marketed as fashion accessories elsewhere, the bags evoke painful memories in Peru of the Maoist Shining Path insurgency movement.

It fought a bloody conflict with the government in the 1980s and 1990s, leaving nearly 70,000 people dead.

“I sincerely apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently offended. The bag was a purchase I made as a tourist in China and I did not realize the potentially hurtful nature of the slogan printed on it,” Diaz said in a statement e-mailed to the Associated Press.

The voice of Princess Fiona in the “Shrek” movies said she was participating in “4 REAL,” a Canadian television show focusing on young leaders around the world.

“I’m sorry for any people’s pain and suffering and it was certainly never my intention to reopen what I now know is a painful wound in this country’s history,” she said. Diaz also praised Peruvians’ beauty and warmth and said she wished “for their continued healing.”

– original report from VOA News : Apologizes to Peru for Fashion Faux Pas

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China ‘to punish’ two-child rich

Posted by Author on March 2, 2007


BBC News, 1 March 2007-

China is to introduce steps to punish famous and wealthy violators of its one-child policy, senior officials say.

The move came in response to complaints from ordinary people that the rich were having more children because they could afford the fines, officials said.

Measures could include recording violators’ names and making them ineligible for citizenship awards.

China established its one-child policy in the late 1970s in a bid to control its soaring population.

Mu Weiyong of Liaoning’s family planning commission said that the number of rich people violating the policy was increasing.

“The majority of the 700 cases we investigated since 2000 are wealthy private business owners, while in the decade before 2000, we only had 76 cases related to rich people”, Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.

Measures were in place to punish government workers who broke the law, Xinhua said, but it was harder to penalise those with no government affiliation.

Yu Xuejun of the National Population and Family Planning Commission said that one way was to target people’s reputations by registering their names and preventing them from receiving awards.

“We found out that most celebrities and rich people have two children, and 10% of them have three,” he told the Beijing News. “The phenomenon must be stopped.”

Gender imbalance

The move came a day after a report by the National Bureau of Statistics highlighted the growing gender imbalance which has been widely blamed on the policy.

By the end of 2006, China’s population stood at 1,314,480,000, the bureau said, with males accounting for 51.5% of the population.

But the ratio of newborn males to females was 119.25 to 100. The average for industrialised countries is between 104 and 107 baby boys to 100 baby girls.

China’s imbalance has been attributed to a traditional preference for boys which, experts say, has led to abortion of female foetuses and female infanticide, as well as under-reporting of female births.

State media reported last month that there could be 30 million more men of marriageable age than women in as little as 15 years.

original report from BBC News

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Richard Gere Speak Out for China Human Rights at Berlin Film Festival

Posted by Author on February 13, 2007


By Tristana Moore, BBC News, 12 February 2007, Berlin-

Berlin is flogging its stars these days.

TV camera crews from all over the world are in town because the 57th annual Berlin Film Festival – the Berlinale – is under way.

But amid all the glamour and film premieres, there is another event vying for media attention – Cinema for Peace, which has been described by Bob Geldof as “the Oscars with brains”.

The international charity gala, which takes place annually at the Berlinale, is the place to be seen for any Hollywood star who is proud of having a social conscience.

At a news conference at the plush Adlon hotel on Monday, there was a star-studded line-up as Richard Gere and Catherine Deneuve rubbed shoulders with Christopher Lee and Bob Geldof.

With Germany holding the presidency of the G8 group of eight powerful nations, their message was simple – the German government, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, has a responsibility to take action to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, such as ending poverty and tackling human rights abuses.

Tibet challenge

“Please forget the fact that I make movies,” Richard Gere told the audience. “I am here as chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet.”

He showed journalists excerpts of a video made by the Romanian cameraman Sergiu Matei.

According to campaigners, the video reveals a group of Tibetan refugees who came under fire from Chinese guards at the Nangpa Pass on the border between China and Nepal last September.

The border incident, in which a nun was killed, prompted an international outcry and human rights groups called for a UN investigation.

“The Chinese authorities said they were acting in self-defence, but that is not true,” said Gere.

“As you hear on the video, the Chinese border guards were shooting at the Tibetan refugees like dogs.

“I am calling on Chancellor Merkel to encourage China to become part of the modern world.

“These actions cannot be tolerated,” the Pretty Woman star, 57, said.

“Tibet should be ever-present in any discussion with China.”

China has exercised harsh rule over Tibet since communist troops marched into the country in 1950.

The chancellor has publicly raised the broader issue of human rights with Chinese leaders, saying during a visit to Beijing last May that they were “an important issue of bilateral dialogue”.

Poverty plea

Gere, along with Geldof and other artists, has launched an initiative to raise awareness of global poverty and human rights issues in the run-up to the G8 summit, which is being held at the seaside resort of Heiligendamm from 6-8 June.

“Here we are, a fading Irish pop star, sex gods and sex goddesses,” Geldof told the news conference, “but we are here for a reason.

“Germany made a historic promise to help end poverty in Africa at the G8 summit at Gleneagles in 2005.

“Chancellor Merkel has reiterated her commitment, but the question is: ‘How are you going to meet your commitment, and when?’

“I can’t understand how Germany, with its huge GDP, has difficulty keeping its commitment to poverty,” he continued.

“The G8 leaders set their own goals in 2005. We’re not asking for more money. We’re just asking world leaders to keep their promises.” …… (more details from BBC News)

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‘Martial Arts More Than Just Fighting,’ Says Jet Li

Posted by Author on September 27, 2006


Radio Free Asia, LOS ANGELES, California, 2006.09.22-

In the recent film epic “Fearless,” martial artist Huo Yuanjia puts Western imperialists to shame, teaching them a lesson about Chinese subtlety and discipline in the process.

And, as Jet Li told RFA’s Mandarin service on Friday, his goal in making the movie wasn’t so far from that of his main character.

“Many Western viewers think that Chinese martial arts is just people hitting each other back and forth,” Li told Los Angeles-based reporter Xiao Rong.

“I hope this movie will show them that physical contact is only one aspect of Chinese martial arts, which is also imbued with other Eastern cultural influences, such as psychology and philosophy.”

Li, who has said “Fearless” will be his last martial arts movie, said he found in Huo Yuanjia’s life a story that could serve as a vehicle to sum up his own career as a kung fu action hero. ( more from Radio Free Asia report )

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