No. 13 Yu ZHANG: Sixty-four Years of Literary Inquisition Surpasses Two Millennia

–Author’s Preface

Wenziyu-coverFrom Wang Shiwei to Liu Xiaobo: Prisoners of Literary Inquisition under Communist rule in China

In Chinese dictionaries published since the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, the definition of Literary Inquisition is restricted to “the rulers of olden times”; at the very least, it is a relic of the past, occurring no more recently than a century ago, mainly during the Ming and Qing dynasties. In the Mandarin Dictionary published by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (ROC, Taiwan), Literary Inquisition is defined as occurring in the “era of absolute monarchy”, precluding its existence in the Republic era. A revised edition has amended the definition to read, “During the autocratic era, criminal cases arising from the written word”. This last definition is the common usage adopted by contemporary Chinese literature, and also for this book.

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No. 13 TIENCHI MARTIN-LIAO: Shocking Stories of Life and Death

–Publisher’s Afterword

From Wang Shiwei to Liu Xiaobo: Prisoners of Literary Inquisition under Communist rule in China

Wenziyu-coverThis shocking book of life and death depicts a floating world of personal tragedy, conscience gone adrift, the loss of reason, a people’s shame and a nation’s fall. Continue reading

PEN For Freedom (No.1-12)

PEN For Freedom (No.1-12, PDF) 

Studying in China during the Cultural Revolution

All this led to the emergence of a the Criticize Lin Criticize Confucius (Pi Lin Pi Kong) campaign, a campaign against a Communist general Continue reading

Searching for Elder Sister Kou Yanding

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Kou Yanding was taken away by police in Beijing on October 10th for “picking quarrels and provoking disturbances.” Continue reading

Christmas Card Signing event for Political Prisoners in China

Welcome to organize your own campaign to send out greeting cards to the prisoners using these address labels (30 addresses/page, Continue reading

A letter to my husband Guo Yushan: II


Twenty days after the first letter to her husband, detained legal activist and scholar, Guo Yushan, Pan Haixia posted another exquisitely written follow-up letter to him online. Continue reading

China pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu awarded Swedish rights prize

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 – 17:53

Stockholm: Chinese pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu, who was among key signatories of a 2008 manifesto seeking sweeping political reforms in China, was awarded Sweden`s Olof Palme human rights prize on Tuesday. Continue reading

Rountable on the Poetry of Xu Lizhi


When Xu Lizhi committed suicide on September 30, 2014, he left a substantial body of work for his brief 24 years.
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Yang Zili: Exile in My Own Country – A Letter to Domestic Security Officer Li in Beijing

By Yang Zili, published: December 13, 2014

The Transition Institute researcher is on the run, and his letter provides clues (or no clues) about the recent detention of Guo Yushan and other TI personnel. – The editor

Dear Officer Li,

This is Yang Zili (杨子立), a veteran employee of Continue reading

China in 2014 through the Eyes of a Human Rights Advocate

By Yaxue Cao, published: December 11, 2014

This time last year, volunteers and I were busy writing and translating articles to prepare for the New Citizens Movement trials. Many Chinese voices were speaking out forcefully against these trials: Continue reading