Letter from Masanjia
A letter that turned life upside down for a persecuted Chinese and an unsuspecting American.
The premise could be from a fiction: An American woman finds a letter in Halloween decorations made in China, written by a prisoner in a Chinese labor camp, asking for help.
The letter causes headlines across the globe, and finds its way back to the man who wrote it, a persecuted practitioner of Falun Gong. What will happen when Chinese authorities finds out that it is him who caused the attention of the world media to focus on the persecution and torture of innocent Chinese?
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Relations to China – Standing Ground or Giving In?
In director Lee’s film Letter from Masanjia, we are confronted with serious human rights violations. As China’s international prominence grows the dilemma of balancing trade with human rights concerns have become increasingly difficult.
Norway has normalized its relationship to China. After many years, the world’s second largest economy is again open for business to Norwegian companies.
How should Norway along with other governments approach this dilemma and make sure that human rights are still on the table?
Leon Lee, director of Letter from Masanjia
Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr, researcher at NUPI and co-author of the report Political Values in Europe-China Relations
Representative for Amnesty Int.
Moderator: Kristoffer Rønneberg, former China-correspondant for Aftenposten
In collaboration with MRiKina.