Collection of articles on Ai Weiwei’s release – Updated

“Ai Weiwei out of prison, stuck in Beijing” – PRI. June 24, 2011.
“China artist Ai Weiwei ‘banned from using Twitter'” – BBC. June 24, 2011.
“China Imposes Strict Bail Conditions on Ai Weiwei” – Slate. June 24, 2011.
“Ai Weiwei banned from Twitter for a year” – The Telegraph. June 24, 2011.
“Ai Weiwei Speaks!” – Global Post. June 24, 2011. Interview with Alison Klayman, who has been working on a documentary about Ai Weiwei.
“No interviews, Twitter, travel for Chinese artist Ai” – Reuters. June 24, 2011.
“Global reaction to Ai Weiwei’s release” – CNN. June 23, 2011.
“Ai Weiwei ‘cannot leave Beijing without permission'” – BBC. June 23, 2011.
“China says artist Ai still being probed for suspected crimes” – Reuters. June 23, 2011.
“Ai Weiwei still under investigation, Chinese government says after artist’s release” – The Washington Post. June 23, 2011.
“China’s Shame Over Ai Weiwei” – Wall Street Journal. June 23, 2011.
“China Details Freed Artist’s Restrictions” – Wall Street Journal. June 23, 2011.
“Ai Weiwei ‘cannot leave Beijing without permission'” – The Telegraph. June 23, 2011.
“Artist Ai Weiwei Released By China, Says He’s Fine” – NPR, The Associated Press. June 22, 2011. Many pictures.
“Chinese Dissident Artist Ai WeiWei Released” – NPR. June 22, 2011.
“Dissident Chinese Artist Is Released” – New York Times. June 22, 2011.
“China artist Ai Weiwei released on bail” – BBC. June 22, 2011.
“China artist Ai Weiwei stays quiet after freed on bail” – Reuters. June 22, 2011
“Ai Weiwei released from detention” – The Guardian. June 22, 2011.
“Ai Weiwei release ‘not linked’ to Chinese PM’s visit to Europe” – The Guardian. June 22, 2011.
“Artist Ai Weiwei released on bail by Chinese police” – The Guardian. June 22, 2011.
Articles on Ai Weiwei – The Guardian.

Collection of articles on Ai Weiwei and Zodiac Heads

Articles on Ai Weiwei    The Guardian.
“Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads Raise Dizzying Issues”    Bloomberg. June 06, 2011.
“Zodiac sculptures display jailed Chinese artist’s vision”    CNN. June 02, 2011.
“HAA raising funds to show work of detained sculptor”    The Houston Chronicle. May 26, 2011.
“The meaning of Ai Weiwei’s 12 Zodiac Heads”    The Telegraph. May 05, 2011.
“Hong Kong Graffiti Challenges Chinese Artist’s Arrest”    NPR. May 04, 2011.
“12 Heads Do the Talking for a Silenced Artist”    NY Times. May 04, 2011.
“Michael Bloomberg Speaks Out For Detained Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei, Unafraid Of Business Repercussions”    Huffington Post. May 04, 2011.
“NYC Sculpture Display A First For Detained Artist”    NY1 News. May 04, 2011.
“Bloomberg Defends Freedom of Expression at Opening of Show for Jailed Chinese Artist”    The New York Observer. May 04, 2011.
“At Unveiling of Ai Weiwei Sculptures, Artist Remains a World Away”    Wall Street Journal. May 04, 2011.
“Bloomberg Says Unveiling of Ai Weiwei’s ‘Zodiac Heads’ is ‘Bittersweet'”    WNYC. May 04, 2011.
“Detained artist Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads opening delayed in New York”    ARTFIXdaily. May 02, 2011.
“Ai Weiwei public sculpture exhibition opens in New York: but where is the artist?”    The Telegraph. May 02, 2011.
“Mayor’s Office Postpones the Unveiling of Ai Weiwei’s ‘Zodiac Heads'”    WNYC. May 02, 2011.
“Bin Laden Death Knocks Ai Weiwei Off Bloomberg’s Agenda, Daily News Slams Brooklyn Museum’s “Art in the Streets” Plan, and More Must-Read Art News”    ArtInfo. May 02, 2011. Includes a picture of wrapped sculptures.
“Ai Weiwei’s Artwork Travels, Despite Detainment”    NPR. May 01, 2011.
“First Ai Weiwei. Now, Confucius”    Huffington Post. April 23, 2011.
“Pressure on China to Release Dissident Artist”    NY Times. April 04, 2011.
“Detained Chinese Artist’s New York Project Will Go On”    NY Times. April 04, 2011.
“China Takes Dissident Artist Into Custody”    NY Times. April 03, 2011.

A visit to Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads

One thing I was looking forward to seeing in New York was Zodiac Heads by 艾未未 (Ai Wei Wei). I wanted to see the sculptures because I had not seen any of Ai’s work, but had heard a lot about him. I heard about his work for the Beijing Olympics and the subsequent falling out with the architecture firm. I think exhibiting the sculptures in the United States (and other parts of the world) would bring more attention to his work. However, I did not expect the news of his detention almost a month before the sculptures were to debut at the Pulitzer Fountain at Grand Army Plaza, Central Park. The news brought more attention to the issue of human rights in China. When I visited the sculptures, I noticed that someone wrote “Free Wei Wei” on a sign. Unfortunately Ai Weiwei is still in the custody of the Chinese government.

Pictures and thoughts, after the jump.

Chef Kin Lui’s opinion on shark fin

I found this video via an Inside Scoop SF post titled “Eye-Openers: A local Chinese-born chef says shark fin soup shouldn’t be part of culture.”

I am not familiar Chef Lui’s restaurant, Tataki, and have never been there. However, the website describes the restaurant as a sustainable sushi bar, so it is a place that makes a point in being environmentally friendly when it comes to fish. I’m glad there’s a chef that is willing to look at the greater good of the planet and be smart about ingredients. Chef Lui is right, the practice of eating shark fin soup is a modern phenomenon and solely based on showing wealth. There are plenty of other dishes that hold a greater meaning at weddings and important gatherings.

Multilingual public relations in America

NPR had a really good story called “Corporate America Takes On Multilingual PR.” It’s interesting to get commercials in a language I understand that is not the main language. When I’m watching the local Chinese television station, I do expect to see commercials in Mandarin. It’s rather odd for me to get mailings in Chinese because I do not expect it. I do all my business in English and never request to do so in another language. So I was surprised when I started getting mail in Chinese. I’m not sure how a company would know that I understand Chinese. But, it is also rather refreshing to see Chinese in a real-life context outside of Asia.

Videos, after the jump.

Time travel through time zones

I laughed when I read the first few sentences of “Hyun Bin enters marines, splits with Song Hye-gyo” on dramabeans.

[Hyun Bin] entered the marines yesterday-today (That’s what I call Korea’s yesterday, which is our today. Don’t get me started on the tomorrow-today, which is ass backwards and not unlike time travel)…

It can be difficult dealing with the time difference between America and Asia. It’s especially difficult talking about relative days. Most conversations I have involving days in Asia are just bizarre because it’s difficult to keep the days straight. It’s easy to think when it’s day in one place, it’s night in the other. But it’s not the same date!

Diagrams and Samoa, after the jump