From November 16 to 19, Yo-Yo Ma joined an unusual delegation of American artists, including Meryl Streep, Alice Waters and Joel Coen, at the Asia Society's U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture in Beijing. “As the Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed an eclectic, quirky concert showcasing American culture, one of China’s rising political stars gave her blessing, standing up to wave to the crowd between pieces. . . . The program was widely covered and praised in the official Chinese media and on informal social networking sites. It was embraced by the senior official, Liu Yandong, a member of the Communist Party’s powerful Politburo and the country’s highest-ranking female politician,” wrote Ian Johnson of the New York Times.