During the late 1990s, Dan Li abandoned his doctoral studies in astrophysicsÂ to involve himself inÂ AIDS activism within the nation of China.Â In June 2003, he set up a school for AIDS orphans in Chinaâ€™s central Henan province, where a botched blood donation campaign and a cover-up by corrupt officials resulted in a massive HIV epidemic.Â
China’s government later forced Li to close his school because he was unable to tender the 1.7 million RMB fee for “permits,” a sum whichÂ few, if any, non-profit organizations could ever hope to raise.
Dan Li and his staff have been detained byÂ theirÂ government several times for having theÂ temerity toÂ help children in need.Â Â He is the founder of Donzhen Nalan Cultural Transmission Center, and won the Reebok Human Rights Award in 2006.
Regarding “My Two Chinas,” Dan Li says:
“These days, many people dominate the world spotlight, and often for the wrong reasons. To me, the real hero is Tang Baiqiao, whose commitment to democracy and human rights has never wavered, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. As the eyes of the world focus on China’s economic success, I am proud that Tang Baiqiao continues his fight to defend those vulnerable groups whom the Chinese government persecutes. Young people everywhere should read this book. Tang Baiqiao’s inspiring life will fuel their dreams for a better world.”
– Dan Li, noted AIDS activist in China, winner of the international Reebok Human Rights Award.
â€œMy Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Revolutionaryâ€Â is my latest book co-written with noted Chinese dissident, Tang Baiqiao.
Prometheus Books will release â€œMy Two Chinasâ€ in hardcover (and e-book) in March, 2011.
You can download the publisherâ€™s press release as a PDF by clickingÂ 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.