From the Ching dynasty to Tiananmen Square, China was on a lot of minds in New York the other night. Khalil Rizk mounted an exhibition at the Chinese Porcelain Co., and Susan Gutfreund and Anne Bass, among others, were looking longingly at some of the work on display.

Gutfreund had her eye on one large dish in particular, but admitted that her attention was more focused on other matters.

“I’m so busy with my benefit I don’t even know my own name,” said Gutfreund, one of the chairs of the American Lifesavers Dinner, May 10 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Meanwhile, at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Trudie Styler’s film “Moving the Mountain,” about the 1989 student uprising in China, had the audience in awe. “I don’t know if I’d have that kind of courage,” said Tim Robbins, “to go into a war zone with a video camera. But it’s my responsibility to support people who do.”

Lauren Hutton said she would fight for her country, but she wasn’t sure what it would take.

“Not being able to vote, not being able to have sex with who I wanted to…I don’t know — that’s a tall order before dinner,” she said.

Cindy Crawford, who was also overwhelmed by the film, said she was off to treat her mother to a week’s stay at an exclusive Dallas spa. Her trainer Radu was going to be there at the same time, but Crawford wasn’t planning on exerting herself. “I just need to get away from the telephones for a while,” she said.

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