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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Liu Xiaobo’s Empty Chair

December 13th, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana

Nobel Peace laureate and Chinese national Liu Xiaobo, who is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion of state power,” was not present at the December 10 ceremony honoring his prize. Nor was his wife, who has been under house arrest since the Nobel announcement and is apparently now missing.

Instead, an empty chair sat on the Oslo stage between the Nobel Committee members, marking the first time a recipient was not physically present to accept the award. And as panel chief Thorbjoern Jagland placed the Nobel diploma on the chair, it was clear Liu’s presence was felt by the 1,000-person audience, who delivered a standing ovation.

The honoree’s final public statement, issued days before his imprisonment and read aloud at the Nobel ceremony by actress Liv Ullmann, included a message (translated here) for his beloved:

If I may be permitted to say so, the most fortunate experience of these past twenty years has been the selfless love I have received from my wife, Liu Xia. She could not be present as an observer in court today, but I still want to say to you, my dear, that I firmly believe your love for me will remain the same as it has always been. Throughout all these years that I have lived without freedom, our love was full of bitterness imposed by outside circumstances, but as I savor its aftertaste, it remains boundless. I am serving my sentence in a tangible prison, while you wait in the intangible prison of the heart. Your love is the sunlight that leaps over high walls and penetrates the iron bars of my prison window, stroking every inch of my skin, warming every cell of my body, allowing me to always keep peace, openness, and brightness in my heart, and filling every minute of my time in prison with meaning. My love for you, on the other hand, is so full of remorse and regret that it Continue reading AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Liu Xiaobo’s Empty Chair

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

December 10th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by jasmine

One day, Jen and Diana are going to be awesome bridesmaids in my Avatar-themed wedding. And, yes, they’re totally wearing those weird sex-tentacle thingies. [BWE]

Speaking of tentacles…Designer Kaylene Kau’s made a prosthetic tentacle that is awesome–and just a little scary. [Gizmodo]

Shanghai surprise, surprise. Students in Shanghai did, like, waaaaaaay better, on an international standardized test than their US and European counterparts. [NYT]

Mo’ Manny, Mo’ Problems! Manny Pacquiao is being sued by former business partners for a record deal that went bust. [TMZ]

Filipino fashion blogger Bryan Boy pulls in more than $100k per year from his site. Clearly I’m writing about the wrong subject matter. [NYM]

Talk about your high-class problems: Lucy Liu‘s new TV movie, “Marry Me,” is about a social worker who has to choose among three suitors. It airs Sunday and Monday nights on Lifetime. [Zap2it - thanks, Jen!]

Chinese activist, author, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo is still in prison, so his medal and citation were placed on an empty chair at today’s prize ceremony in Oslo. HuffPo’s already compared the empty chair to a Passover seder’s chair for Elijah, the prophet “who appears in times of trouble to bring promise of relief, to lift downcast spirits, and to plant hope in the hearts of the downtrodden.” [NYT]

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo

October 11th, 2010 | 8 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Liu Xiaobo

Age: 54

Occupation: Literature professor and jailed Chinese dissident

Known for: Returning to China from the U.S. during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 and saving hundreds of lives by persuading students to leave the square as army tanks were rolling in; being imprisoned for most of the last 20 years for his peaceful protest of the Chinese government; helping to draft Charter 08, a manifesto calling for freedom of expression, free elections, and human rights in China.

First the good news: On Friday of last week, Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “his long and nonviolent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Liu is the first Chinese citizen still living in mainland China to ever win a Nobel.

Now the bad: In advance of his winning, 14 overseas Chinese dissidents wrote a letter to the Nobel committee declaring Liu an “unsuitable” laureate for, among other reasons, being soft on the Chinese government. Then, when the award was announced, China censored any mention of Liu and the prize. And now Liu’s wife, Liu Xia, is apparently under house arrest.

A peace prize has been given, yes, but still, no peace.

[TIME: Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo Wins the Nobel Peace Prize]
[NY Times: Unusual Opposition to a Favorite for Nobel]

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