Announcement of Nomination for 2014 Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award Of Independent Chinese PEN Center

Title: Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award

Awardee: one or two individual annually;

Candidacy: Anyone in the case list of Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN who is still imprisoned or released under legal restriction of the right to freedom of expression, such as “deprivation of political rights”; Continue reading

China charges Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti with separatism

Tohti’s lawyer accuses prosecutors of ‘shocking’ handling of case and ignoring his rights to a defence

Ilham Tohti
Tania Branigan in Beijing, Wednesday 30 July 2014 13.08 EDT Continue reading

Book Excerpt: ‘I Am China’ by Xiaolu Guo

July 30th, 2014 by Asia Society


Xiaolu Guo (R), author of “I Am China” (Doubleday, 2014). (Author photo:

A love story for our time, Xiaolu Guo’s new novel Continue reading

Writing, New and Old

Posted on July 31, 2014 by mauracunningham

No blogging here recently because I am in full-on DISSERTATION MODE as I careen down the home stretch. Ten days to go before I have to deliver the finished product to my committee—I’ll make it
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English PEN supports new Book Rooms at HMP Wormwood Scrubs

Posted July 29th, 2014 by Cat Lucas & filed under Campaigns.

English PEN is delighted to be supporting fellow charity Give A Book with the establishment of dedicated Book Rooms at HMP Wormwood Scrubs

For more than a decade, English PEN has been sending writers Continue reading

Back to the Basement-Ping-Pong: It’s a whole new ball game.

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Fall of Zhou Yongkang Lights Up China’s Internet

8:23 pm HKT Jul 29, 2014


Zhou Yongkang, pictured in 2007. Reuters

China’s social media microblogs, the country’s de facto town square, Continue reading

Tienchi Martin-Liao: Ai Weiwei’s Art and the Chinese Tragi-Comedy

July 23, 2014

Thoughts on the artist’s one-man exhibition in Berlin.


Ai Weiwei He Xie
Ai Weiwei’s piece ‘He Xie’ at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Photo provided by Tienchi Martin-Liao.

The largest one-man exhibition of Ai Weiwei’s artwork ended this week in Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau. Continue reading

Tienchi Martin-Liao: Yan Lianke: A Master of Sarcasm

September 3, 2013
An award-winning Chinese writer provokes and exposes the CCP, despite official bans and censorship.


Yan Lianke

Chinese author Yan Lianke. Photo: friends.sfpl via Flickr.

This year the Chinese writer Yan Lianke has been longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Continue reading

Tienchi Martin-Liao: Xi Jinping Wants Journalists to Learn from Marx

September 11, 2013

China’s president calls for a return to “Marxism,” but what does that mean exactly?


Statue of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in Shanghai, China. Photo via wikimedia, Creative Commons.

Trier is a beautiful, Continue reading

Xiao Guozhen:Li Huaping-A Child of Freedom

published: July 28, 2014


Before Li Huaping (李化平) became known by his real name, he was known among Chinese netizens Continue reading