Links for Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Notable China news from around the web.

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An exhaustive report on Hollywood self-censorship, published by PEN America, will probably become the go-to reference on the subject going forward. Made in Hollywood, Censored by Beijing also contains an interesting section called “The significance of the issue”:

Amongst the Hollywood professionals PEN America spoke with, there were varying opinions on how seriously to take the issue of Chinese censorship as it affects Hollywood. For some professionals, CCP censorship felt like merely one of the many commercial considerations that studios must take into account when developing films. Some suggest that a focus on Chinese censorship is misplaced, influenced by political narratives, anti-Chinese attitudes, and even by moralistic grandstanding…

But others felt very differently. “I don’t think the issue is overhyped at all,” one producer described to PEN America. “It’s hugely concerning. Any time we talk about stories or ideas that touch on an issue for China, it comes up in the conversation. And nobody wants to touch it with a ten-foot pole.” One Hollywood writer put it more succinctly: “This is real. This is affecting not just what Chinese audiences see, but what Americans get to watch.”

PEN America makes two key recommendations for Hollywood studios: that if they adjust scripts or visuals due to Chinese sensitivities, they “do so only for the version of the film made available within mainland China, not for the film’s global release,” and that all studios “commit to publicly sharing information on all censorship requests received by government regulators for their films.” The roles of other institutions and organizations in and around Hollywood are addressed as well.

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