Dalai Lama Issues Proclamation Endorsing “My Two Chinas”

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His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet just issued a statement endorsing my latest book.

This statement, incredibly rare for His Holiness to make, will be used as the book’s foreword beside an introduction by Prof. Robert Thurman, noted expert on China and Tibet, and a preface by Jeff Widener, the world-renowned photojournalist and Pulitzer-finalist who took the iconic “Tank Man” photo.

My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary” recounts my co-author Tang Baiqiao’s experiences as a student leader during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989; how he was subsequently hunted by the Chinese government and jailed for his pro-democracy activities; the physical and mental tortures he endured while in prison; his release, and eventual flight to the U.S.

Despite living in exile these past 21 years, Tang Baiqiao has never relented in his campaign to bring human rights and freedom to his homeland, and throughout the world.

As part of his statement, His Holiness cited the admiration he maintains for Chinese people who work toward a more open and democractic China. He notes that Tang Baiqiao’s story is emblematic of this struggle, and how important he believes it is for Tang’s story to be told.

The Dala Lama’s contribution to “My Two Chinas” seems especially poignant given the recent award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident currently imprisoned by the Chinese Communist Party for his pro-democracy activities.

Prometheus Books will release “My Two Chinas” in hardcover (and e-book) in March, 2011.

You can download the publisher’s press release as a PDF by clicking here.

For a copy of the press release in Chinese, click here.

For a copy of the press release in French, click here.

For a copy of the press release in Dutch, click here.

To see a list of Advance Endorsements, click here.

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