• Ai Weiwei portrait
    An Artist’s Duty: An Interview with Ai Weiwei

    Still denied his passport after nearly three years, Ai Weiwei exists in a strange purgatory. In this interview, the dissident Chinese artist speaks truth to power, as China’s exploitative processes of development demand great responsibility from the nation’s intellectual and artistic currents.

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  • Xi Jinping and Sinzo Abe
    Two Ceremonial Acts, One Bad Omen

    As history looms large, tensions flare up between China and Japan. Tienchi Martin-Liao looks at the now infamous events of December 26, 2013: China’s celebration of Mao Zedong’s 120th birthday and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni shrine, a World War II memorial.

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  • Xiao Shu
    Xiao Shu: Thoughts On My Online Annihilation

    “These past few years I’ve been driven into exile, hunted down and attacked from all sides.” The veteran Chinese journalist and former Southern Weekly commentator Xiao Shu, an important figure in the New Citizens Movement, speaks out on being silenced from China’s internet.

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  • Having to Fight for It: An Interview with Poet / Musician Joy Harjo
    Ten Most-Read Interviews of 2013

    Ranging from a discussion with Bangladeshi political cartoonist Arifur Rahman to an interview with Creek Indian poet and musician Joy Harjo, in 2013 Sampsonia Way continued its mission of sharing the essential voices of writers, journalists, and artists from around the world.

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  • Ai Weiwei
    Film: Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case

    A look at Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case, a new documentary produced and directed by Danish filmmaker Andreas Johnsen. Chronicling Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s life from 2009-2012, it follows his release from solitary confinement and subsequent placement under house arrest in 2011.

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  • Liu Xia (drawing)
    “In the beginning was the Word”

    Independent Chinese PEN Center president, Tienchi Martin-Liao, reflects on the five-year anniversary of imprisonment of dissident writer and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, his wife’s prolonged, Kafkaesque house arrest, the calls for solidarity from Chinese human rights activists, and the power of words.

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  • China Media Censorship
    Chinese censorship – American Style?

    The widely criticized suspension last week of Bloomberg New’s Hong Kong-based journalist Michael Forsythe sparks discussion of alleged censorship of reporters and articles in China. In this video, James Fallows, Demetri Sevastopulo and discuss the issue with CNN’s Eric Deggans.

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