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An American in China

Selling Out to Beijing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 30, 2013


Excerpt
A series of twelve photos by a well-known German photographer was planned to be part of a German-Chinese group exhibition; after the Chinese censor intervened, only two of the photos remained. And that interference was accepted by the curators as well as the German artist. During Pasternak’s day such obstruction required intrigue, secret service plots, and pressure applied by various delegations. Today German business leaders are simply blinded by their financial statements, to the point where they’re willing to look the other way when it comes to human rights violations. Even some German writers are blinded by Chinese flattery.

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