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.
After all the politics are done, there is food, and music, and musical nourishment. So I couldn’t be any happier, in the wake of reporting on some NBA-China action involving their fair and rainy city, to have received a note from the Portland Cello Project about a little halftime show they recently gave. Continue reading Maybe, In Fact, Cellos Can Save the World After All
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