Wednesday, 28 June 2017

SIGN THE PETITION: Urgent Appeal for the Immediate Transfer of Liu Xiaobo to the United States for Cancer Treatment

Urgent Appeal for the Immediate Transfer of Liu Xiaobo to the United States for Cancer Treatment

Chinese dissident icon and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned in 2009 for his role in the drafting and publication of Charter 08, a manifesto calling for the observance of human rights, the elimination of communist single-party rule, and the establishment of a democratic system of governance in People's Republic of China. Most recently, Dr. Liu has been diagnosed with advanced liver cancer and was placed medical parole. He and his wife Liu Xia have expressed desperate wishes for medical treatment abroad, which they are not allowed to access.

Intellectuals, activists, and leaders from all across the cultural, political, and geographic spectra-from the Dalai Lama to Marco Rubio--have condemned the Communist Party's decision to incarcerate Dr. Liu. Although the government granted him parole, the decision is in no way an act of compassion. Chinese human rights activists are voicing outrage instead of delight because the authorities remained silent and held Dr. Liu in custody until his cancer reached its terminal stage. 

Dr. Liu's wife, a poet and artist, has also been under house arrest in Beijing since her husband received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. According to her circle of close friends, she has been suffering depression and heart diseases as a result of prolonged and severe isolation.

The bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China declared in its Statement on the Medical Parole of Noble Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo that "[Dr. Liu's] 8 years of imprisonment—due to his eloquent appeals for non-violent political reform and protection of basic rights—remain a travesty of justice and a stain on China's rights record.  Liu Xiaobo, and countless others like him who courageously seek peaceful change in China, are heroes worthy of honor, not criminals deserving to be tortured or unjustly punished.”

Given the extreme urgency of his medical situation, we appeal to the White House and President Trump to seek immediate transfer of Dr. Liu and his wife to the United States for cancer treatment. This petition is authored by Chinese immigrants, and all are called to sign in support:

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

'Shadow Play' Visualizing Urbanization of China with New Media

On the 25th. Anniversary of Student Protest at Tiananmen Square 1989, New Radio and Performing Art INC, a non-profit cultural institution based in New York, announced their new commission of net-art project, ‘Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China’ by Lily & Honglei Art Studio. The artwork is currently viewable via NRPA's website -

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Shadow Play, Chapter I. The Land: Death of the Village Head
Shadow Play, Chapter II. The Ruins: Lost Children
‘Over the past few decades China has been urbanizing at an astounding pace. In 2013, the People’s Republic unveiled its plan to relocate 260 million people from China’s countryside to one of 21 “mega regions” by 2020 ( Such a significant shift will undoubtedly transform China’s national character, which has been predominantly agrarian for millennia. Shadow Play weaves three interfaces, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Physical Reality (PR), and combines the past and present – through time-honored imagery, paint, shadow play, and new media technologies – to immerse participants in the realities of contemporary China.’ –
Shadow Play, Chapter III. The City: Into the Void
Lily & Honglei, new media art of China
Shadow Play, Chapter IV. The Maze: No Exit
‘Shadow Play,’ according to the artists, ‘creates an opportunity for the audience to experience the changing landscapes of contemporary China. In four chapters, virtual installation sheds light upon real-life incidents such as clashes during land evictions resulting from urban expansion, children abductions, suicides of migrant workers, and predicaments involving the cultural and environmental degradation.
Chapter I. The Land: Death of the Village Head
Chapter II. The Ruins: Lost Children
Chapter III. The City: Into the Void
Chapter IV. The Maze: No Exit

Chapter II. The Ruins: Lost Children (AR screenshot)

Chapter III. The City: Into the Void (AR screenshot)

Chapter III. The City: Into the Void (AR screenshot)

Chapter IV. The Maze: No Exit (AR screenshot)

‘Shadow Play’ has been selected by the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, to become part of the Special Collections at Cornell University, NY.

To commemorate Tiananmen Protest, the artist collective presents once again their award-winning piece Forbidden City produced in 2008.