On March 12, 2010, not long after Huanqiu Shibao (the Global Times) published this story (translated here on S.V.) which cited his Sina.com microblog as encouraging Chinese Netizens to consider a boycott of Portland TrailBlazers broadcasts, it seems sportscaster Yu Jia reconsidered the wisdom of encouraging a major online campaign against the city of Portland. On his microblog, he posted this message: 面对开拓者的囧境，有人拍手称快，有人同情怜悯；让我想起11年前北约轰炸我驻前南大使馆，NBA停播，那时远没这多不同的声音。这如同两会过程中出现很多不同的声音，这并不是最重要的。最重要的是越来越多的普通人能在相对开放的环境下关注社会现状、发表观点，这就是从0到1式的进步，从无到有的进步。 Which I translate as: … Continue reading Portland 2010=Belgrade 1999? Not Quite.
On March 11, the English-language China Daily contained an editorial upbraiding the city of Portland for its “Tibet Awareness Day.” Suffice it to say that while China Daily has recently had a makeover, the publication’s content remains as stodgy as ever: Portland politicians were “celebrat[ing] a handful of fanatics trumpeting Tibet independence while turning a blind eye to either history or the status quo of … Continue reading Portland-Tibet Update
American mayors, human rights activists, and N.B.A. fans take note: A recent decision by the Portland City Council to declare March 10 “Tibet Awareness Day” is making big waves in China, and may result in a boycott of Portland Trail Blazers broadcasts in the Middle Kingdom’s immense market. The message is delivered in the form of the following short news item from China’s Huanqiu Shibao … Continue reading China to U.S. Cities: Hoist the Tibetan Flag, Lose N.B.A. Broadcast Rights in China
The city of Portland, Oregon, is known as an aspiring utopia and somewhat left-wing city enamored of coffee, bicycles, religious tolerance and sustainable living. It is, at least as cities go, a bit remarkable. It is also one of the more friendly places in North America for people who believe that Chinese policy in Tibet is without moral justification. On March 8, The Oregonian, Portland’s … Continue reading Portland, Tibet, and “Meddling in Internal Affairs”