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22

Nov
2010

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Expert French Sinologist Praises “My Two Chinas”

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Noted French scholar, Jean-Philippe Béja holds degrees from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP), the University of Paris VII (Chinese), the Centre de Formation des Journalistes (CFJ), and the University of Liaonning (Chinese Literature). His Ph.D. in Asian studies was awarded by the University of Paris VII.

 Dr. Béja is the former scientific director of the Centre d’Etudes Français sur la Chine Contemporaine in Hong Kong (1993- 1997). He is also the former editor-in-chief (and currently a member of the editorial board) of China Perspectives / Perspectives chinoises. He also serves as an Advisor to the China Institute of the University of Science and Technology and to the China Observatory in Lisbon. His work focuses on the transformations of Chinese society and the Chinese political system.

Of “My Two Chinas,” Dr. Béja writes:

“Tang Baiqiao’s My Two Chinas is a terribly moving story that shows how a promising young idealist has been considered a criminal by an implacable system. The detailed account of Tang’s eighteen months in jail reminds us that, in the Chinese provinces, wardens and cadres are often brutes who enjoy torturing the inmates. We cannot afford to forget the courage of those young people who took part in the 1989 pro-democracy movement. Their resolve shook China and the world. This is a fascinating account of the itinerary of a generation.”

– Jean-Philippe Béja, author of The Impact of China’s 1989 Tiananmen Massacre; Senior Research Fellow, CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research)-CERI (Centre for International Studies and Research), Paris, France

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.

“My Two Chinas” features a foreword by His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. 

Prof. Robert Thurman, noted expert on China and Tibet, will contribute an introduction. 

Jeff Widener, the world-renowned photojournalist and Pulitzer-finalist who took the iconic “Tank Man” photo has contributed a preface.

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

It’s already posted on services like Amazon.com for advanced orders.

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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06

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2010

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“My Two Chinas” Book Cover Arrives

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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.

“My Two Chinas” features a foreword by His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. 

Prof. Robert Thurman, noted expert on China and Tibet, will contribute an introduction. 

Jeff Widener, the world-renowned photojournalist and Pulitzer-finalist who took the iconic “Tank Man” photo has contributed a preface.

*     *     *

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

It’s already posted on services like Amazon.com for advanced orders.

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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02

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2010

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Founder of China Support Network Endorses “My Two Chinas”

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The China Support Network (CSN) is a U.S.-based organization promoting democracy for mainland China. CSN provides news, commentary, information, and analysis on events, issues, demonstrations, and government policy related to their cause. According to the organization, it supports democratic reform, human rights, and freedom in China.

The China Support Network was founded by John Patrick Kusumi in 1989, who serves as its President. The organization opposes China’s current government, the Communist Party of China, and has worked with Chinese student leaders who left China following the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and continues to have a working relationship with Chinese dissidents and the Chinese democracy movement in the United States.

On “My Two Chinas,” Mr. Kusumi writes:

“Economics aside, China has the misfortune to be ruled by Communists, dictators, tyrants, and thugs. In 1989, the Tiananmen Square massacre was world news. This book, by an authentic student leader of the uprising, is one part personal memoir; one part back story on a major world event; and one part follow up, casting light on the Chinese democracy movement in exile, where the fight continues. Tang Baiqiao is a dynamic campaigner who continues to fight the good fight. He and his co-author Damon DiMarco have rendered a blow-by-blow account in a book that is engaging, accessible for general readers, and clear as a bell. Perhaps the book will serve as a wake up call for the international community, which should step up efforts at democracy promotion for such an important country. The China Support Network highly recommends this book.”

– John P. Kusumi, founder of the pro-democracy China Support Network

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.

“My Two Chinas” features a foreword by His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Prof. Robert Thurman, noted expert on China and Tibet, will contribute an introduction. Jeff Widener, the world-renowned photojournalist and Pulitzer-finalist who took the iconic “Tank Man” photo has contributed a preface.

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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21

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2010

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National Review endorses “My Two Chinas”

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National Review was founded in 1955 by iconclast conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. (who wrote a nice endorsement for my first book Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 once upon a time).  

On my latest book, “My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary” (with Tang Baiqiao), the Review’s senior editor, Jay Nordlinger writes:

“There are many Chinese—more than a billion of them—but there are relatively few to speak for them: to speak for their rights, their dignity, and their freedom. Baiqiao Tang is one such person. He speaks, not only for himself, but for masses of his countrymen, who are gagged. If the Communist dictatorship in China ever falls, Tang will be one of those who gave it a hard, wonderful push.”

 Jay Nordlinger, Senior Editor, National Review

My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary” recounts  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.

 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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15

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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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Noted Expert on China and Tibet Says: “I couldn’t set it down.”

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Prof. James D. Seymour was Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s East Asian Institute, where he specialized in Chinese politics. He is co-author of the book New Ghosts, Old Ghosts: Prisons and Labor Form Camps in China (available in English and Chinese), and currently teaches at Chinese Hong Kong University.

Although currently denied entry into China, Dr. Seymour has traveled widely throughout the nation, and written many articles about human rights issues. He is one of the early signatories of the appeal letter to Chinese authorities on behalf of the detained Chinese scholars.

Regarding “My Two Chinas,” my forthcoming book with Tang Baiqiao, Prof. Seymour writes: 

“One can make sweeping statements about China, and they will probably be at least partially true. But a higher level of truth is found in the day-to-day experiences of someone like Baiqiao Tang. Although he writes mostly about his native Hunan Province, this is the story of China. Tang’s grandfather used to complain about the decline of the writing skills of his countrymen. Too bad he isn’t alive to enjoy his grandson’s beautifully written autobiography, which reads almost like a novel. I couldn’t set it down.”

– Prof. James D. Seymour of Chinese Hong Kong University, expert on China and Tibet, author of New Ghosts, Old Ghosts: Prisons and Labor Reform Camps in China.

My Two Chinas” recounts 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.

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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12

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2010

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Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch Endorses “My Two Chinas”

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I’m very pleased to announce that former Mayor of New York City, Edward I. Koch, has chosen to endorse “My Two Chinas,” my forthcoming book with Tang Baiqiao. Mr. Koch writes:

My Two Chinas is beautifully written by Baiqiao Tang and Damon DiMarco. The bravery shown by Tang and other Chinese students who stood up to the Communist Chinese government was extraordinary. Their story deserves to be known. This is the place to start.”

– Edward I. Koch, former New York City mayor

My Two Chinas” recounts 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.

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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2010

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Dr. Robert Thurman Writes Intro to “My Two Chinas”

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Prof. Robert Thurman is a man of many accomplishments.

He is an influential and prolific American Buddhist writer and academic who has authored, edited or translated several books on Tibetan Buddhism.

He is the Je Tsongkhapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, holding the first endowed chair in this field of study in the United States.

He also is the co-founder of the Tibet House, New York (along with Richard Gere and composer, Philip Glass), and serves as the organization’s president.

For many years, he has been active against the People’s Republic of China’s control of Tibet.

Prof. Thurman is also the father of actress Uma Thurman, who is eldest of his four children. 

Prometheus Books will announce today that Prof. Thurman will contribute an introduction to my new book with Tang Baiqiao, “My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary.” 

My Two Chinas” recounts 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.

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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06

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2010

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“My Two Chinas”: Preface by Pulitzer Finalist Jeff Widener (“Tank Man” photographer) Announced at Frankfurt Book Fair

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In June, 1989, world-renowned photojournalist Jeff Widener took one of the most iconic photos of modern times while on assignement for the Associated Press at Tiananmen Square, Beijing.

The image shows a lone, unnamed Chinese citizen facing down a column of Chinese Type 59 tanks the morning after government troops massacred student and pro-democracy protestors. 

This photo has since become known as the “Unknown Rebel” or “Tank Man” shot. Apart from being emblematic of the struggle that took place at Tiananmen Square, the image quickly entered the modern zeitgeist as a symbol for nonviolent dissent across cultures all over the world.

Prometheus Books will announce at the Frankfurt Book Fair today that Jeff Widener will contribute a preface to my new book with Tang Baiqiao, “My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary.” The Frankfurt Book Fair is considered the world’s largest trade fair for books by industry participants.

My Two Chinas” recounts 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.

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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“Godfather of Dissent” praises “My Two Chinas”

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Xu Wenli has gone by many names over the course of his long human rights career. His colleagues have called him “The Godfather of Dissent,” for having the temerity to found the Chinese Democratic Party in the Communist People’s Republic of China. Once the government threw him in jail, Xu was known as Prisoner 001 — the most dangerous man in China.

Imprisoned for more than 15 years, Xu suffered isolation, torture, disease, and humiliation, among other human rights atrocities. His health began to crack due when he contracted Hepatitis B in 1999. Thanks to the efforts of lawyers from Human Rights First, Xu was flown to the United States where he was later granted political asylum.

Xu Wenli’s endorsement of “My Two Chinas” — like the endorsement of all dissidents who have suffered in their fight for democracy — is a great honor for which my co-author, Tang Baiqiao, and I are extremely thankful.

 “Do you remember the massacre that took place at Tiananmen Square? Do you remember the brave souls who gave their lives for democracy? Tang Baiqiao has never forgotten. His excellent book serves a noble purpose: to remind the world of what China lost, and what its people still hope to gain.”

– Xu Wenli, founder of the Chinese Democracy Party, imprisoned for sixteen years for pro-democracy activism, now senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

 

“My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Revolutionary” 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.

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