Nü Voices

NüVoices is an international editorial collective gathering veteran and emerging writers, journalists, translators and artists to celebrate and support the diverse creative work of self-identified women working on the subject of China (broadly defined). More women are writing about China, doing business in China and generally doing interesting things in China than ever before, and they want more of their voices to be heard. Their includes a directory of more than 500 female experts on Greater China, a twice-monthly podcast regularly features women’s and minorities’ voices on a range of topical issues, and an online magazine that regularly publishes narrative essays, event reviews, articles, multimedia projects and other original content.

In January 2020, the Hong Kong Protests: Behind the Frontlines photo essay series was featured on their website, showcasing the ongoing pro-democracy and anti-police demonstrations that have engulfed the city since June 2019. Initially triggered by the introduction of a now-withdrawn extradition bill, the movement is rooted in a greater fear of the erosion of democratic freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory, with protesters rallying behind “Five Demands.” These demands call for an investigation into police brutality and misconduct, the release of arrested protestors, a complete retraction of the official characterization of the protests as “riots” (a charge that can carry a jail term of up to ten years), the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the universal suffrage. The following imagines offer a glimpse into moments from behind the frontlines of the movement that has dominated international headlines now for over half a year.

Eco-Arts and Media Festival

This year, York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) celebrated its 25th year hosting the Eco Arts & Media Festival, built around the theme of Past-Now, Future Generations, which takes up the interconnection of all living things across time.

Individual actions, state violence, uneven power relations and environmental degradation results in different fallout and is experienced across generations. In Anishinaabe terms, this concept of seven generations considers how thinking generationally brings to the fore the importance of respect, continuity and accountability. In the current political climate of rampant violence against Black and Indigenous people across the continent; environmental racism and the ongoing effects of climate change, this year’s Eco Arts and Media Festival acknowledges the generations to come and raises the question of how to create better futures.

Since 1994, the Eco-Arts and Media Festival has featured music, performance, dance and participatory workshops where activism and art practices express perspectives on environmental and social issues.

Africa-China Photo Exhibition

The Africa-China Journalists Forum & Photo Exhibition took place at Wits University on 1 November. The Photo Exhibition featured 20 images taken by 14 photographers; at the Forum Justin Hui, Hong Kong-based photographer and architect, led a discussion of all the images in the exhibition. The Photo Exhibition was a collection images that best encapsulate “Africa-China”, i.e. emphasising on-the-ground African impact and perspectives to illustrate how the lives of the people of Africa are changing amid the comprehensive phenomenon of Africa-China interactions. The exhibition was displayed in the Atrium of the Southwest Engineering Building on the Wits East Campus.

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