Missing Person of the Cold War: Liberation Report on Megumi Yokota

The following article is a stub; translation of the complete article should be posted in a few hours’ time. –A.C.  More to follow…. Arnaud Vaulerin, “Japan. Disparu de la Guerre Froide [Japan: Disappeared in the Cold War],” Liberation, 11 March 2009. Megumi Yokota, following the example of a dozen Japanese, was kidnapped by North Korea in the 1970s: Her case continues to poison the relations … Continue reading Missing Person of the Cold War: Liberation Report on Megumi Yokota

Reports on Ai Weiwei {II}

Teresa Lengl of the Haus der Kunst in Munich, Ai Weiwei’s institutional host for the coming months, reports: Gestern musste Ai Weiwei in München wegen starker Kopfschmerzen einen Arzt aufsuchen. Seit er in China von Polizisten verprügelt wurde, plagten ihn  Kopfschmerzen, die sich durch den Flug am 12. September noch verschlimmerten. Den Schlag ins Gesicht bekam Ai Weiwei im August nach seiner Verhaftung – die Regierung hatte … Continue reading Reports on Ai Weiwei {II}

Beijing Drum Tower/French Opera Mash-up

This summer in my adopted Beijing neighborhood on Jiugulou Dajie (Old Drum Tower Street), Danwei reported on an eviction of a popular fruit stand on account of having to clear the way for a #8 line subway station.  Well, the Douban group where this material was discussed  is, of course, wiped from the slate of memory. “呃…你想访问的页面不存在” heralds the age of the Chinese memory hole. … Continue reading Beijing Drum Tower/French Opera Mash-up

Reports on Ai Weiwei

Danwei reports that artist Ai Weiwei is undergoing surgery in Germany as a consequence of being bashed on the head by police in Chengdu. German newspaper sites such as Suddeutscher Zeitung, which carried a longer article about Ai entitled “Forbidden Truths [Verbotene Wahrheiten]” on August 14, have yet to pick up the story.  Frankfurter Rundschau ran a nice extended profile of Ai on August 17 … Continue reading Reports on Ai Weiwei

On Megumi Yokota: Doggerel One

Japan is hatin’ on DPRK Koizumi’s plume done led the way When Kim abducted you say? The DPRK gotta send Megumi home.// //But they said she killed herself in a fit of despair Her parents want ashes, yet Kim forswear Apologies and memories mingle up with force Like a mini-submarine rising off the Niigata coast// //KCNA drops bombs while J-pop drops beats oblivious Tumescent and … Continue reading On Megumi Yokota: Doggerel One