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Chloé Zhao's historic Oscar win to become the first Chinese person and woman of color to win for Best Director on Sunday has gone nearly unmentioned in Chinese media, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The Chinese government typically loves to flaunt when its citizens excel on the world stage. But Zhao has been critical of China's communist government, and her win for the film "Nomadland," which also won Best Picture, has largely been censored in the country.

  • Zhao was born in China, but grew up partially in the U.S. and now lives here.
  • Zhao still speaks fondly of her Chinese heritage and has frequently spoken about the role Chinese culture plays in her life.

The state of play: No official explanation has been given on the apparent media blackout of Zhao's win. Chinese social media platforms have also censored or deleted user posts about her win, the Times notes.

  • State-owned paper The Global Times did write in an op-ed that Zhao should play a "mediating role” between China and the U.S.
  • The paper added that they hope Zhao, 39, can "become more and more mature."

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Updated Apr 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Chloé Zhao becomes first woman of color to win Oscars Best Director

Chloé Zhao accepting the Best Director Oscar onstage during the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station in Los Angeles on Sunday. Photo: Todd Wawrychuk/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images

Chloé Zhao made history on Sunday when she was awarded the Best Director Oscar for "Nomadland" — making her the first female of color and first Asian woman to win the prestigious prize in the Academy Awards' 93-year history to win.

Why it matters: Zhao's victory is a win for Asian women in Hollywood, who are often overlooked for main character, producer and director roles. "Nomadland" went on to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Apr 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Diversity takes center stage at the Oscars

Director/Producer Chloe Zhao, winner of Best Directing and Best Picture for "Nomadland," in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday at Union Station in Los Angeles. Photo: Chris Pizzello-Pool/Getty Images

A slew of first-time winners made history at the 93rd Academy Awards Sunday night, bringing the Oscars' focus on diversity into clearer view this year.

Why it matters: Ever since the #OscarsSoWhite social media campaign that began in 2015, the Academy has sought to shake the show's reputation as a mostly white male-dominated event. Still, Hollywood has a long way to go in achieving diversity amongst its ranks.

NYC to impose vaccine mandate on private employers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced a new COVID vaccine mandate for private companies during a Monday interview with MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Why it matters: De Blasio said it was a "first-in-the-nation measure" and will go into effect starting Dec. 27.

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