The career of Joan Chen (Shanghai-born, and a US citizen since 1989) has stretched over a quarter-century and includes many notable films in both Chinese and English, though here she is still probably best remembered for playing Josie Packard in Twin Peaks. In today’s Washington Post she contributes a well-argued column presenting the case for American participation in the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. In her conclusion, she notes: “Remember what a little ping-pong game did for Sino-US relations in the 1970s? Let’s celebrate the Olympics for what the Games are meant to be – a bridge for friendship, not a playground for politics.”