UBC Reports | Vol. 50 | No. 5 | May
In the News
Highlights of UBC Media Coverage in April 2004
Compiled by Brian Lin
U.S. Ready to See Change in China-Taiwan Status Quo
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Daley recently
said Washington is not opposed to a change in the status quo
involving arch foes Taiwan and China but any alteration must
be peaceful and mutually agreed.
UBC political scientist Paul Evans says such remarks signal
a U.S. desire to see the two resume talks frozen since 1999
and thus ease tensions created by moves by newly re-elected
Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian towards independence and Chinese
threats to respond with force.
“I think it’s a shift not just from a year ago,
but a shift from even a month ago,” Evans told Reuters
“That is the most direct statement I have heard from
a senior American official that the U.S. government will not
support Taiwan independence,” he said. “In the
past it was phrased in slightly more ambiguous ways related
to supporting a One China policy.”
UBC honours Three Nobel Laureates
Hollywood actress Goldie Hawn joined hundreds of others
in April to see the Dalai Lama and fellow Nobel Peace Prize
laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Iranian human rights
fighter Shirin Edabi receive UBC honorary doctorate of law
“People are hungry for answers,” Hawn told CP
Wire. “The human spirit, I guess you could say . . .
we innately feel it’s drying up.”
Hawn, who lives in Vancouver with husband Kurt Russell,
said people are more willing now to embrace the Dalai Lama’s
message of compassion.
“I watch all political processes around the world,”
she said. “They’re driven by fear, the need to
dominate. They’re driven by ego, the need to conquer
and possess. These are all very dangerous things we need to
3,000-Year-Old Story a New Pop Cult Hit
Hollywood director Wolfgang Petersen’s production
of Troy will be released next month amid predictions that
with a $200-million U.S. budget, a timeless story and the
likes of Brad Pitt and Peter O’Toole headlining, the
film can’t help but be a blockbuster.
But the Hollywood hype is being preceded on all sides by
a flood of renewed interest in the epic poem about the clash
of two cultures that is one of the bestsellers of the past
The appeal of Troy is eternal, but the film has helped pique
even more interest, UBC classics and archaeology professor
Hector Williams told The Ottawa Citizen.
Williams knows of at least three Troy documentaries in the
making, all timed to coincide with the release of the film.
Svend Robinson’s Fall From Grace
NDP MP Svend Robinson tearfully confessed in a news conference
to “pocketing” an expensive piece of jewellery.
While no charges have yet been laid by police and the diamond
ring -- valued in a report by BCTV as high as $50,000 -- has
been returned to the Vancouver auction house, Robinson announced
he won’t run for re-election in any near-term campaign
and will be taking a medical leave from his duties in the
UBC political scientist Phillip Resnick said Robinson’s
long record of zero-to-60 moral outrage may be coming back
to haunt him.
“He’s sometimes taken positions that have put
his own party in embarrassing situations and other times has
actually been the standard-bearer,” Resnick told CP
Wire. “There was a side of Svend which played to that
very moralizing, high moral road on broad issues of public