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Media Appearances

Media Appearances

Quoted in Adrianna Zhang, “Experts: Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Games Needs More Nations for Impact,” Mandarin Service, Voice of America, December 9, 2021. 


Quoted in Teng (Monica) Xu, “The Peng Shuai incident may intensify calls for boycotts. What does the US diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics mean?,” Mandarin Service, Voice of America online, November 20, 2021.


Quoted in Charissa Yong, “Four takeaways from the US diplomatic boycott of Beijing's Winter Olympics,” The Straits Times (Singapore), December 7, 2021.


Live Zoom interview on “Sky News Tonight,” flagship evening programme for Sky News (London) about the Women's Tennis Association suspending all tennis tournaments in China amid concern for Chinese player Peng Shuai after she accused a top government official of sexual assault, December 2, 2021.


Quoted in Vincent Ni, “Peng Shuai backlash leaves IOC facing familiar criticism over human rights,” The Guardian, November 22. 


Quoted in Stephen Whyno, “Hockey officials ask: Are Chinese men too bad for Olympics?” AP Press, November 12, 2021. 


Live Zoom interview on “Morning Rush,” morning news program on Newsy (national digital TV network), about the Covid policies and politics at the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, October 28, 2021.


Quoted in Charissa Yong, “Beijing Olympics 2022: The politics of boycotts,” The Straits Times, August 9, 2021, p. A22.


Quoted in Aw Cheng Wei, “Athletes celebrated as China sheds ‘medal-first’ mentality,” The Straits Times, August 7, 2021, p. A22.


Quoted in Christian Shepherd and Sara Germano, “China’s sporting success at Tokyo 2020 is tinged with politics,” Financial Times, August 7, 2021.

Live interview on “Tokyo Olympics: China topping the medal table,” Morning Report, Radio New Zealand, August 6, 2021.

Tomáš Čorej, “They took away the athletes' dreams, they gave nothing to the politicians. We were just pawns, says the American woman who experienced a boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow” [in Slovakian], Denník N, August 4, 2021.

Quoted in Jen Kirby, “China and the Olympics,” Vox, June 1, 2021.

Quoted in Ben Westcott, “The US has accused China of carrying out genocide. Will it now boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics? CNN online, January 27, 2021.

Quoted in Rebecca Kanthor, “The NBA works ‘super hard’ to reestablish ‘open dialogue’ in China,” NPR The World, November 09, 2020. 

Quoted in Stephen Wade, “One question hung over 2008 Games: Would they change China?,” Associated Press, August 16, 2020. 

Quoted in Ben Dooley, “A decade on, Olympics changed China, but not how many hoped,” Agence France Press, August 6, 2018.


Live telephone interview from Gangneung, Korea, for BBC4 Radio’s Today Programme, the “flagship” show for BBC radio, on Olympic Diplomacy, February 9, 2018.

Live telephone interview, China Radio International’s English-language “Today” show, segment on the reform of China’s soccer system, August 21, 2015.

Live telephone interview, BBC Radio 5 live, segment about the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, August 1, 2015.

Quoted in Tom Phillips, “Beijing promises to overcome lack of snow for 2022 Winter Olympics,” The Guardian (UK), July 31, 2015. 

Quoted in Neil Connor, “Olympics: Smooth piste for Beijing's 2022 bid,” Agence France Presse, July 29, 2015. 

Quoted in Jean-Christophe Laurence, ‘Le «facekini» contre le bronzage,’ La Presse (Canada), July 29, 2015.

Quoted in Angad Singh and Shen Lu, “China, U.S. look to exert dominance on the soccer pitch,” CNN Online, June 26, 2015. 

Quoted in Jere Longman, “He Zhenliang, China’s Olympic Crusader, Dies at 85,” The New York Times, page A21, January 11, 2015.

Quoted in Christopher Bodeen, “Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth,” AP Press, January 30, 2015.

Quoted in Alan Abrahamson, “The legacy of China’s He Zhenliang,” 3Wire Sports online, January 5, 2015.

Quoted in Tami Branigan, “London 2012: Legacy of Beijing is that Bird's Nest will take 30 years to pay off,” The Guardian, July 26, 2012.

Quoted in Loretta Chao and Laurie Burkitt, “How China’s Olympic Powerhouse Ran out of Steam,” The Wall Street Journal, July 19, 2012.

Quoted in Pablo Uchoa, “Olimpíada de selvagens' tentou comprovar superioridade de brancos,” BBC Brasil, July 17, 2012.

Quoted in Ben Blanchard and Sabrina Mao, “RPT-Olympics-London may temper China's gold medal pride,” Reuters, May 14, 2012.

Quoted in Dan Zak, “Obamas Host Event at White House With an Eye Toward Chicago Olympic Bid,” Washington Post, September 17, 2009.

Interviewed for Diverse Production, Ltd. documentary for Channel 4 (Great Britain) “The Human Zoo: Science’s Dirty Secret,” July 4, 2009 (aired fall 2009).

Quoted in Peh Shing Huei, “Tourists replace sportsmen in the Bird's Nest,” Straits Times, February 8, 2009.

Guest Commentator for China Central TV - English Language Channel, “17 Days” daily Olympic news and previews, August 8-24, 2008.

From August 2007 to August 2008, interviewed by approximately 100 media from 20 countries about Chinese sports and the Beijing Olympic Games, including Jim Lehrer News Hour, NBC Nightly News, NBC Sports, CBS, NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera TV, China Central TV, Beijing TV, Beijing Radio, AP Press, Apple Daily (Hong Kong), 21st Century Economic News (Beijing), Oriental Daily (Shanghai).


Wall Street Journal, April 15, 2008, feature on Brownell, “US Academic Defends Beijing; Tries to Dispel Myths,” A9.


Daniel Beekman, “Beijing 2008 Q & A: Susan Brownell,” Seattle Times online, January 21, 2008. 

Cameo interview in National Geographic Television, “Taboo” Series, segment on Chinese child athletes, aired January 6, 2004.

National Public Radio, “Talk of the Nation,” participated in a three-way debate (which included dissident Harry Wu) on Beijing’s bid for the 2008 Olympic Games, July 9, 2001.

Newsletter, Magazine, and Newspaper Articles

Susan Brownell and Niko Besnier, “Sport Mega-Events and Global Political Economy,” Anthropology News (newsletter of the American Anthropological Association) 57(7-8)(2016): 16-17.

“A discourse on China’s sports system,” op-ed, China Daily, March 11, 2011. 

“Anthropology and the Beijing Olympics,” Anthropology News (newsletter of the American Anthropological Association), vol. 50 (2009): 31.


“青年有责任使奥运梦想变成真实,” [It is the responsibility of young people to turn the Olympic Dream into a reality] 北京青年报 [Beijing Youth Daily], August 24, 2008.

“The Games Effect,” Olympic Review: Official Publication of the Olympic Movement 67, April-June 2008, 56-59.

 “我们有责任实现梦想” [We have a responsibility to realize the dream], 人民日报 [People’s Daily], April 29, 2007, p. 7. Speech at the book launch ceremony for He Zhenliang and China’s Olympic Dream, Great Hall of the People, Beijing, April 27, 2007.

“The Beijing Effect,” Olympic Review: Official Publication of the Olympic Movement 60, July-September 2006, 52-55.

Newsletter, Magazine
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