How can you sit back
and Criticize the man for what the press says, that is almost as low as judging Hollywood stars by what tabloid's say. And how much time have you spent in China and really know how a figure like Ai Waiwai impact the people of China, you pin Ai Weiwei that is a product trying to appeal for westerners, When he has threw his art, recognition and value system has and people like Liu Xiaobo become a voice for many who have felt the same feelings but were to fearful to act upon it. Just because a Man lives with out fear does not make him a martyr.
Some how your piece is entirely based on criticism another piece of journalism and truth be told your piece should be left in the comment section of the original piece like this is then to pass it off as a journalistic piece. I expect more from Yale Journalism.
Ai Weiwei doesn’t like the current government, but what does he want to replace it with? Does he really have a vision for the end goal? ps, He always says reform and never claims to be a politician to start a new Govt. What he is, is a Artist, but I guess it is easier at Yale to only think of things in terms of politicians.
Ai Weiwei has no such respect for the past. As Cotter so conveniently enumerates, much of Ai’s artwork vandalizes artifacts from Chinese art history, which is then repackaged as a statement of conceptual, contemporary art. - You have no concept of Art and the message it is trying to project! If you want to look at what Vandalizes Chinese history is when they tear down old Quarters in Beijing, only to build shopping malls that they make to look old in it's place! I have seen it with my own eyes, only to find what is left of the original quarters behind a 20 foot wall, which I was told by police that I should not go to and was instructed to stay by the Häagen-Dazs store that was made to look old, are you getting it yet? it is a commentary on the re-packaging of China.
If you look at Ms. Wangs other articles they focus on topics like "How should a modern woman make the first move?" So just because she is of Chinese decent either she or her editors found that she would be qualified to write a article on Politics and Art in China. I am sure she is a student and I feel bad that her attempt to be a journalist on world affairs got so twisted by her misinformation and lack of investigative journalism, maybe she is just a young and influenced by what she see's in our current media, where trivial topics like How should a modern woman make the first move get's more coverage on places like CNN then actual news and where when you do get news, it is filled with biased reporting (Fox). Ms. Wang, As you can see on how your piece has gained you the most attention in your young journalistic career, I reccomend you either stick with the gossip pieces on how to pick up boys or let this criticism inspire you to be a great journalist that truly investigates the news, something that is missing in the current media.
I also feel, even though the comments by the Avenger were truly idiotic, I also believe that his comment should not of been removed by the staff of Yale News. Just because his views were against the views that I am everyone else who left there comments does not give the right to a editor to censor him , esp since the Yale staff was the one who approved this piece of journalism or shall i say, more so, commentary piece in the first place. We must respect out first amendment even when it is not views of our own and esp since the whole basis of this discussion is about freedom of speech in the first place.
（回复给另一个读者）Avenger, if you dismiss Ai Weiwei as kitch, your truly a idiot. why would the Chinese Govt. Beat the man, tear down his studio, house arrest him and now arrest him, if we was just kitch, really, get a life! to call Human Rights a lost cause then you are a Nazi A-Hole my fiend and a straight up idiot!
You, Chinese police and the Chinese government should be ashamed of yourselves to criticize, beat and arrest Ai Weiwei. And its shame for Yale to allow this piece to be published.
Ai Weiwei is more than an artist. Artist is an artist. But you and the Chinese government can define artist, freedom and human rights for 1.3 billion Chinese. And Ai Weiwei is fighting against Chinese like you and Chinese government. You will see his vision soon before you die.
So what wrongdoings has Ai Weiwei done? Your Confucian anecdote is just pedantic and your criticism towards Ai is without base. And why should one seek to replace a government just because he/she doesn't like it?
Rookie 'journalist' like you think you can write op-ed on anything.
As radical as it sounds, I'd like question if you have any eligibility to comment on such issue. Did you ever experience the oppressive air of a senseless communist state? Do you ever feel for hard-working good people who got their houses demolished by government without their permission? Did you really know how much degrading experience average Chinese has so that the State can throw on a fake appearance to the world? Do you know how many Chinese have to go to Hongkong to buy milk because both the market and government have failed them on food quality? Do you know how sad it is that citizens can't hold officials accountable when corruption has cost the lives of their relatives?....I went to talk to those people, I probably have more eligibility than you to talk about those matters.
And as crazy as I may sound, Ai Weiwei gives people hope. he gives normal struggling Chinese people courage and refreshment, which people like you will never fully understand.
In short, you are wrong. My respect for Yale just took a hit thanks to you.
No matter how much sophisticated language you employ, how matter how hard you try to show off your logic reasoning, your article is barely with morals, and totally neglect the plight of people in China under authoritarianism, repression, persecution and torture.
I suggest the author read more china history as well as world history to understand how human beings came to cherish human rights, liberty and democracy and other universal values.
I agree with everyone that commented so far. When you write a piece like you did, you should probably do some research on Ai Wei Wei. He's a modern, Chinese artist who has been using his art to fight for basic human rights, which is lacking in China. His platform is not to become a "politician", or "rebuild a government"...he is an outspoken artist who wants political reform in China. He doesn't claim to be a "martyr" or even "brave"... he simply speaks out against human atrocities in his home country through his art.
As someone who is Chinese and who's parents are from China, I was quite ashamed to even have stumbled and read such a ridiculous article.
The next time you write a piece of journalism, do your research, and don't write such BS!
Alice Wong has clearly lost sight of the overall picture:
Ai's unforgivable crime, in the view of the Chinese government, is the fact that he sought to simply collect the names of the thousands of children killed in the Sichuan earthquake as result of shoddy construction of the schools. There were strong indications that the shoddy construction was a consequence of corruption.
When one of his supporters was put on trial for helping to collect names, Ai tried to attend the trial but was beaten about the head by police to such an extent that he had to get emergency surgery to drain the blood from his brain. No policeman was ever held responsible for the beating. For an audio recording of the beating as it happened, see the March 2011 PBS Frontline documentary here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/ai-wei-wei/
Earlier this year, the government, without explanation, bulldozed his studio in Shanghai that he had recently constructed.
The first government editorial about his detention mentioned no crimes, but denounced him as a "maverick" and an "activist."
Now he's being investigated for "economic crimes," but this is clearly a pre-text to silence him. As The Guardian notes, a report by Beijing's Renmin University in 2005 estimated that 90% of Chinese officials spend more than they nominally earn, so if Ai's economic crimes do exist, they are unlikely to be the real problem. (http://latestchina.com/article/?rid=33710)
This is the same government that has continued to imprison a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. As The Guardian notes, his detention comes amid a wider crackdown on activists and dissidents, which human rights campaigners describe as the worst in over a decade. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/03/china-ai-weiwei-detained-police-beijing)
Greetings, Sleeper Agent Wang... Oh, is that a little creepy? Who said a Chinese has to give a beep about Confucius, anyway? You make bold assumptions on Ai's intentions, and use them as facts to attack him. Sorry, that doesn't work for me, neither does your supposed-clever pun.
Well, when and where and how did Ai claim that he is a follower of the Confucius defined by you? Do you understand any piece of works by Confucius? Do you know Taoism and Buddhism? What would you say if Ai Weiwei doesn't buy Confucius at all just as the same as Laozi? Have you copied and pasted the article here to make the whole thing much more ridiculous?
You can see a master of Zen inside Ai Weiwei if you have a little feel of arts and, a little bit of compassion in the light of emptiness. Yes compassion is the heart of Ai's latest works, which you don't seem to be able to imagine.
Ms. Wang, I admonish you.
If, in your article, you chose to criticize Ai Weiwei, I might agree with you. But you do not. Instead, you make the simple yet outrageous assertion that Ai's approach is not Confucian. What absurdity! Are you not familiar with Chinese history? Are you not familiar with the work of Confucius and his disciples?
You say that Confucius condemned "single dramatic confrontations". But surely you're aware of the time that Mencius famously painted lewd images on the walls of the Jixia Academy to show the immorality of the Waring States period rulers (some call this the original street art).
Or what of the time Confucius himself laid bare the corruption of the state of Lu leaders by inserting profanity into the poetry of the Book of Songs?
Cotter is indeed right in saying Ai Weiwei is the inheritor of the Confucian legacy of dissent. Ms. Wang should understand this.