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Posts Tagged ‘Wen Huang’

Banned Chinese Writer Liao Yiwu to Appear in New York City

On September 13th, Chinese writer Liao Yiwu will appear in New York City for a reading, a musical performance and an on-stage interview organized by the Pen American Center.

Liao (pictured, via) is a poet, novelist, musician, and documentarian, once dubbed “the Studs Terkel of China.” The event will take place on the night before the official release of his new book God Is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist ChinaWen Huang translated the book.

Here’s more from the release: “[Mr. Liao] was denied permission to travel to New York for the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature earlier this year, but escaped to Berlin via the Vietnamese border on July 6, 2011. Mr. Liao was imprisoned for four years in the 1990s for his epic poem ‘Massacre [excerpted here],’ a condemnation of the government’s bloody crackdown at Tiananmen Square, and has endured constant harassment since. Though all his books are banned in China, he has continued to write.”

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Writers Remember Tiananmen Square

tiansquare.jpgIt’s been 20 years since the Chinese government forcibly quelled student protests in Tiananmen Square. That still picture is taken from a historic clip from the 1989 protest–viewed well over a million times on YouTube.

To remember this dark day, a number of literary blogs have special content. Three Percent released an excerpt from “Testimonial,” a memoir by Liao Yiwu–a Chinese poet jailed for writing a poem about the student movement and the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Words Without Borders has a series of essays by Tiananmen Square dissident Wang Dan.

Finally, PEN America blog has this link-filled entry: “Liao [wrote an] amazing, Studs Terkel-inspired book, The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories of China from the Bottom Up, which has recently come out in paperback. Portions of The Corpse Walker appeared in The Paris Review, which has also posted the speech Liao planned to deliver at a gathering in 2007 of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, accepting their Freedom to Write Award. He was detained en route; another award recipient and one of the event’s organizers were placed under house arrest. The event was canceled.” (Via Maud Newton)