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相変わらず、中国の検閲。ジャオ氏に監督賞、中国で速報せず As usual, censorship by China. Oscar winner Chloé Zhao gets no coverage in China

Chloé Zhao
Chloé Zhao

We’re accustomed towards the censorship machinery in mainland China. One more case we can add with the artistic practice by director Chloé Zhao, who, last night, won two well deserved Oscars. Born in Beijing, people in China should be happy to celebrate her as the first Asian woman, who won as director at the globally-watched Academy Awards event.
Even in the social media, and internet search engines in China, the congratulation messages had been eliminated in a short period of time. Additionally, her name and also the word of her awarded film “Nomadland” had been blocked by Chinese authorities.
One more example, why every artist exhibiting in China, Hong Kong included, should be careful with her/his expressions and art practice. You may find yourself in prison or will be murdered by the local mafia. That’s the way, how, not only China’s, but other Asian countries’s people react, if you open your mouth with an “anti-patriotic” context. It’s a sign regarding the lack of adult debate culture and social tolerance.
I can tell you a whole bunch of personal experiences about censorship in China, South- and North Korea and Japan.
Social Consciousness may destroy you. Be careful and use your brain.
Let’s close with the beautifully expressed words by Zhao:
“I have always found goodness in the people I’ve met everywhere I went in the world,” said Zhao when accepting best director. “This is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves and to hold on the goodness in other no matter how difficult it is to do that.”

Chloé Zhao with her 2 Oscars
Chloé Zhao with her 2 Oscars

ジャオ氏に監督賞、中国で速報せず 過去の発言影響か
広州=奥寺淳 2021年4月26日

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