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Hollywood panned in US for caving to Chinese censors

PEN America calls for 'substantive, three-dimensional' Asian American characters

Performers pose in Beijing's Forbidden City at a 2013 promotional event for "Iron Man 3" before its release in China.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- As concerns over Chinese censorship mount, American writers, journalists and movie fans are calling out Hollywood studios all too ready to accommodate Beijing's inclination to limit free speech.

The nonprofit PEN America this week published a report titled "Made in Hollywood, Censored by Beijing" that details how major film studios in the U.S. increasingly self-censor to "avoid antagonizing Chinese officials" who serve as gatekeepers.

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