Posts Tagged ‘embassy’

Man, the Falun Gong Protest in Front of the Chinese Consulate on Geary Will Freak You Out

Friday, July 6th, 2012

I don’t know, which would you rather see when you look outside in the morning? Would you rather see freaky Blair Witch evidence or bunch of Falun Gong holding this pose?

Geary at Laguna:

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I could go either way.

But, attention cultists, achtung baby: Signals intelligence officers are inside this consulate, sniffing your cell phone data packets, so to speak. Like a giant Google Maps car.

So, Falun Gongers, take your cell phone batteries out of your mobiles, if you know what’s good for you, whenever you protest over there.

Just saying…

A Day in the Life of McAllister: #2, Spot the Pre-WWII Japanese Embassy up in Pacific Heights

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Or consulate, that’s what we’d call it these days, but back in the day, people tended to call these buildings embassies.

Anyway, it’s in there, somewhere in Specific Whites.

Word is that on December 7th, 1941 people in the nabe saw chimney smoke coming up, you know, from the burning of diplomatic papers…

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Anyway, some lady owns it now, AFAIK.

Bon Courage, Japan.

Tiananmen Square Massacre 21st Anniversary – A Black Celebration at our Chinese Consulate

Monday, June 7th, 2010

It’s hard to say exactly how many people marked the 21st Annivesary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre* in front of the Chinese Consulate on Laguna down in the Western Addition on Friday, June 6th. It seemed like they had a caravan of 30-40 cars plus a giant moving van but I didn’t see a big crowd or anything.

A motorcade passing City Hall before the protest:

As seen on Laguna near Japantown:

The protesters had a lot of interesting posters displayed. Are people still jailed 21 years later? No se, I’m a little gun-shy about checking out strange websites ever since Google sent a message to warn me that, apparently, Red China (or, specifically, a dude with an IP address from Red China) hacked into my GMail account two days ago. And that struck the Googlers as a bit odd since I also logged in from San Francisco multiple times the same day. Oh well. China has lots and lots of energetic hackers operating for their own purposes 24-7, of course. Anyway, if you want surf around, knock yourself out:

The events of 1989 represented the huge challenge to the Communist Party of China’s position as supreme political authority in the world’s largest country. The Party didn’t know what to make of this kind of thing, at first:

Anyway, here’s the mise-en-scene from Friday: a protester carrying a funerary display up Geary, a plainclothes Fed (Jacqueline Bauer?) assigned to protect the consulate building, and a young dude from Armada Security paid hourly to do the same thing:

So, nobody scaled the building to fake hang themselves they way they did back in aught-eight. This was the scene  just before a Chinese dude on the roof famously cut the suspension line. Simple physics tells us it took slightly more than a second for her to hit the balcony about 15 feet below. Ouch:

No, things were pretty mellow at Friday’s protest, excepting for the guy who shouted out, “Why don’t you all go home, motherfuckers!”

Something very San Francisco about him – what do you think, is it the convertible Mercedes lifestylemobile, the tattoos, the Hollywood-director baseball cap, the rage, the unsolicited advice yelled at strangers? Something in that area…. 

Cyclist gal was all, WTF, racist dude?

The next day, Armada had an older fellow marking time minding the store as baseball-hatted Chinese intelligence officers entered and exited the building.

Just another day in Paradise.

See you next year.

*With 400-800 deaths in and around the square, on or around June 4, 1989, all told – that still appears to be the best guess.

A New Exhibit at the Asian: Japan’s Early Ambassadors to San Francisco, 1860 – 1927

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Did you see that Japanese tall ship that blew into town over the weekend? It looked like this:

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Well, the Kaiwo Maru II is off for Hawaii now, but you can find out about its predecessor’s visit to San Francisco exactly 150 years ago at our Asian Art Museum’s new thematic exhibit: Japan’s Early Ambassadors to San Francisco, 1860–1927.

Check it:

“Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the ship Kanrin Maru and the first Japanese embassy to the United States, this thematic exhibit focuses on some of the first Japanese diplomats and cultural emissaries in San Francisco, and how they responded to the experience of being in America. It highlights more than 40 artworks and other visual media associated with the first mission, with travel to the U.S., and with Japanese artists and cultural leaders active in San Francisco between 1880 and 1927.”

It’ll be in the Japanese Galleries ’til November 21, 2010.

Here’s a sample:

“Among the artworks are two of the Friendship Dolls sent to San Francisco as “goodwill ambassadors” from Japan in 1927. Nearly lifesize, these dolls make the ‘American Girl’ doll phenomenon look quite tame.”

See you there.

Huge Protest at Chinese Consulate Marks 50 Years of Tibetan Exile

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

A crowd of about 400 (300 per AP, seemed a bit more than that though) is marching all around San Francisco today – see them in front of the always-busy Chinese Consulate below. To get up to speed, here’s a nice bit from Matt O’Brien about the 50th anniversary of the failed uprising that led to the exile of the Dalai Lama.

Keep up on developments at SF Team Tibet, the International Support Tibet Network, Save Tibet, the Tibetan Association of Northern California, and Students for a Free Tibet. The candlelight vigil will start at 5:00 PM in Union Square.

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WHEN & WHERE:
8:00-9:00am
Tibetan Flag Raising Ceremony @ Berkeley City Hall, Berkeley
10:00-10:30am
Rally at @ Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco
10:30-11:30am
March from Justin Herman Plaza to City Hall, San Francisco
11:30am-12:45pm
Rally & Political Theater @ City Hall, San Francisco
12:45-1:30pm
March from City Hall to Chinese Consulate, San Francisco
1:30-3:30pm
Protest & Rally @ Chinese Consulate, Laguna & Geary, San Francisco
5:00-9:00pm
Rangzen Concert and Candlelight Vigil @ Union Square, San Francisco

The protesters always make sure to carry American flags..

…as well as Tibetan:

The SFPD didn’t bring the S.W.A.T. team along this time the way they did last year with the Olympic protests.

The Feds, fresh from the Sunglass Hut. Apparently, one of them lost a bet so he had to shave off his facial hair:

Not sure what this means:

The next big day appears to be March 28, 2009.

To be continued…