Day: August 12, 2009

Ai Weiwei and the Gates/Cambridge Police Debate

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China / Chinese Avant-Garde

Ai Weiwei, perhaps China’s most prominent artist and a designer of the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, was yesterday smashed in the face by a cop in Chengdu when he, the artist, insisted that the officer identify himself.   While the parallels to the case of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates are multiple (e.g., famed social critic gets treated like a common criminal when confronting a minion of state power), it seems doubtful that this instance will […]