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06

Sep
2010

In Non-Fiction Book

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Two More Astounding Early Endorsements for “My Two Chinas”

On 06, Sep 2010 | In Non-Fiction Book | By admin

Wow. Two new and powerful quotes have just been submitted for  “My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Revolutionary.”

This is my latest book co-written with noted Chinese dissident, Tang Baiqiao.

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.

So what are the quotes? One comes from internationally best-selling author, He Qinglian. The other comes from outlaw journalist, Jiao Guobiao.

In brief:

He Qinglian’s book, The Pitfalls of Modernization, criticized the rampant corruption endemic throughout the Chinese Communist system. The book sold more than 100,000 copies and was well-received by the public and economists. However, it ultimately led to He’s exile. Though a respected intellectual, He was pressured to leave China. She fled in 2001 and now resides in the United States where she continues to write prolifically for an international audience.

While a professor of Journalism at Beijing University, Jiao Guobiao wrote the essay Denouncing the Central Propaganda Department (of CPC, Communist Party of China). Jiao intended hisessay to be read by a select group of friends. Instead, it got posted on the Internet and read worldwide. Very soon, Jiao was subjected to house arrest, demotion, persecution, and blacklisting. The University suspended his classes and tried to move him to an archival position where no one would ever see him again. Jiao rebelled by refusing to resign and left the country in 2005. He began speaking out about the oppression of China’s Communist government at venues in Washington D.C., Germany, and England.

 And so, without further ado, here are the quotes:

 “This memoir is courageously written in the ink of blood and tears. It exposes the crimes and human cruelty committed by China’s government behind the guise of prosperity. Despite enormous challenges, Hunan native Tang Baiqiao has struggled ceaselessly to drive the darkness out of China.”

– He Qinglian, renowned economist; critic of Chinese media; author of the international bestseller The Pitfalls of Modernization.

 “A soul-stirring story. In telling Tang’s story, Tang and DiMarco highlight the plight of many Chinese dissidents, and do so with keen sensitivity. Over the years, Tang has acted as a beacon of hope and resolve to those who seek change for China. Let the message of this book go forth: we remember Tiananmen Square, and our work has just begun.”

– Jiao Guobiao, noted dissident writer; banned Professor of Journalism Beijing University; author of the ground-breaking essay, Denouncing the Central Propaganda Department.

To purchase the international rights for “My Two Chinas,” please contact Gretchen Kurtz, international rights manager at Prometheus Books, 800-421-0351. Or call Frank Weimann at The Literary Group International. In New York: (646) 442-5896. In Los Angeles:  (310) 282-8961.
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03

Sep
2010

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Legendary Chinese Dissident Endorses “My Two Chinas”

On 03, Sep 2010 | In Non-Fiction Book | By admin

Advance quotes have begun to arrive for “My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Revolutionary,” my latest book co-written with Tang Baiqiao.

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.

A powerful quote comes from Yan Jiaqi, former head of the Institute of Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Yan has been called “China’s first political scientist.” He earned a reputation as a reformist throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

In the spring of 1989, Yan lent his influential voice to the chorus of intellectuals asking the Communist Party government to dialogue with student and worker demonstrators. When the Party refused, Yan cast his lot with the estimated millions of Chinese across the country who were willing to continue the protest despite the government’s threats of violence.

In late June of ’89, after the massacre in Tiananmen Square, Yan Jiaqi fled to Hong Kong and later took up residence in France. He now lives and resides in the U.S. where he writes regularly for Chinese-language publications around the world. Among his notable books is Turbulent Decade: A History of the Cultural Revolution. Yan continues to advocate for democratic reform in China.

Profiles of Yan Jiaqi can be found here on the Human Rights Watch website, and here on Wikipedia.

 After reading our book, Yan Jiaqi writes:

“Tang Baiqiao’s support for Chinese freedom and human rights has remained constant since his days as a student leader during the 1989 democracy movement, as conveyed in this outstanding book. His work and indomitable fighting spirit have made a tremendous impact on the international community. His unwavering belief in China’s future as a democracy makes him a voice to be heeded as the world continues to change.”

–Yan Jiaqi, noted political scientist and dissident; adviser in Zhao Ziyang’s political reform office; leading intellectual during the 1989 democracy movement; author of Turbulent Decade: A History of the Cultural Revolution

 


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28

Aug
2010

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“My Two Chinas” manuscript finished. . .

On 28, Aug 2010 | In Non-Fiction Book | By admin

. . .and winging its way to our editor, Linda Regan, at Prometheus Books. Galleys should be available by November/December, and the book is slated for a March, 2011 hardcover and e-book release. The press release posted below tells more.

 

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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Prometheus New Releases – March 2011

History / Autobiography

 

My Two Chinas

The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary

Baiqiao Tang with Damon DiMarco

            At this moment, people in China are being imprisoned and tortured by their own government. These people are not hardened criminals, murderers, thieves, or terrorists. They’ve done nothing wrong. They are student leaders, journalists, bloggers, human rights activists, and monks whose only “crime” is that they want democracy. They want their voices to be heard in a nation they’ve helped to build.

            My Two Chinas is the memoir of one such political prisoner. Baiqiao Tang is one of China’s most influential modern dissidents. Tang’s name became legendary during the time of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Over the past 21 years, he has remained on the front lines of the Chinese pro-democracy movement, where he has vowed to keep fighting until the dream of a free China is realized.

             In 1989, Tang was a student leader organizing pro-democracy demonstrations in Hunan province. On June 4 of that year, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) quashed the movement Tang helped to lead in the now infamous Tiananmen Square massacre. During the nationwide crackdown that ensued against “counterrevolutionaries,” the CCP issued a warrant for Tang’s arrest. Tang recalls in detail his shock upon seeing his face plastered on a “wanted” poster at a train station. He attempted to flee to Macau but was captured before he could cross the border. In prison, Tang witnessed and endured medieval tortures that no human should ever experience. Eventually, he escaped to America with help from the United States government.

            Now living in exile in New York City, Baiqiao Tang has become a living legend among the millions of people worldwide who fight for a free and open society. China’s recent, stratospheric rise to prominence on the world stage has brought its government under increased pressure to account for its notorious human rights atrocities inflicted on its own people.

            This unique, timely, suspenseful, and ultimately inspiring memoir will resonate with people from all walks of life and from all backgrounds who care about human rights and the future of free society.

           Baiqiao Tang  (New York, NY) is the chair of the China Peace and Democracy Federation and the author of Anthems of Defeat (Human Rights Watch, 1992) and numerous articles in such publications as Columbia University’s Journal of the School of International and Public Affairs, The Secret China, Liberty Times, Open magazine, and the Epoch Times. He has also been a special commentator for Radio Free Asia, New Dynasty TV, and other programs. He is frequently interviewed by national and international media, including ABC, NBC, the BBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and other media outlets.

            Damon DiMarco (New York, NY) is the author of Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11, with a foreword by 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas H. Kean, and Shock and Awe: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines in Iraq. He is the coauthor with Roy Simmons of Out of Bounds: Coming Out of Sexual Abuse, Addiction, and My Life of Lies in the NFL Closet. Mr. DiMarco is also an actor. He has written two books on acting, and has taught the subject at colleges, trade schools, and in private sessions.

 350 pages (photos)  •  ISBN 978-1-61614-445-6  • Hardcover: $26 • Ebook: $12.99

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19

Feb
2010

In Play

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My play “Shock & Awe” helps win the January 2010 Manhattan Monologue Slam

On 19, Feb 2010 | In Play | By admin

Congratulations to my friend Garrett Hendricks for winning the January 2010 Manhattan Monologue Slam using a piece from my play Shock & Awe (for more information on Shock & Awe, please see the Plays tab).

You can catch a video of Garrett’s winning performance by clicking here.

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18

Feb
2010

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Copies of “Tower Stories” requested for library of USS New York

On 18, Feb 2010 | In Non-Fiction Book | By admin

Talk about a great honor.

I was recently contacted by a man named John Churcher from Massachusetts, who’s working to build a library for the newly commissioned USS New York.

This library will include books about (among other things) the Navy, Marines, and SEALS written by former Navy veterans such as Roger Staubach, Senator John McCain, former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George Bush Sr., Ross Perot, and Montel Williams. That’s quite a bunch.

John requested some copies of Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 .

Thanks for asking, John. It’s a pleasure to take part in such a worthwhile venture.

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