Competing Nationalisms: Links to poems, videos and essays of further interest
The New York Times this week carries an update on the situation between Tibet and China.
You can view a video-version of a poem called “To the West: What Do You Want Us to Do After All? A modest tribute to part of world history over the past 150 years”, By a Quiet, Quiet Chinese here. The poem, circulated widely in mid-April, seems to have first appeared in French and then in Chinese and then in English.
This is a video showing images of the protests in Lhasa and protests accompanying the voyage of the Olympic flame.The images are accompanied by a hip-hop song calling on Chinese people not to accept such tactics. The last part of the video switches to a melancholy song about Lhasa, and mourns the victims of the unrest. The video was created by Chenzi in Paris, and appeared as a user-generated piece on Sina.com in the mid-April, and was quickly circulated on youtube as well.
Here is an article from April 2008 by Brendon O’Neill, British journalist and Editor of Spiked Online, about the stereotypes of Chinese people used by the Free Tibet movement in Britain.
Another article on the debates in China over boycotting western companies in April and May 2008. The article, by Jeffrey Wasserstrom, was published in Nation, April 28, 2008.
A item of interest is an essay on “Orientalism, Autonomy of Ethnic Regions, and the Politics of Dignity” by the historian and public intellectual Wang Hui, published in the journal Tianya (Frontier) 2008, no. 4 (July-August).
You can find here a letter to the editors of the South China Morning Post by anthropologist Barry Sautman, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
The internet writer Yang Hengjun has also posted an article entitled “Why CNN is patriotic.”
A long series of posts by various authors on the blog The China Beat can be read here.