Danny Yung

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Date: 2000

Region: Asia, Europe

Subject: Religion

Medium: Sculpture


Artist: Danny Yung

Confronting Bodies: German and Chinese officials

Dates of Action: August, 2000

Location: China

Description of Artwork: Two-thousand large swastikas intended for an exhibition in Germany.

The Incident: German officials refused the swastikas entry into Germany. Yung intended to use them in an exhbit at the Hong Kong-Berlin Arts Festival. Swastikas are illegal in Germany and viewed with suspicion in China; their representation of Buddha's heart is used by the outlawed, Chinese Buddhist group, Falun Gong.

Results of Incident: German officials ordered Yung to burn the swastikas or return them to Hong Kong.

Source: Index on Censorship, 6/2000