Â â€œIn a rare glimpse into the chaotic nature of the June 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, activist Tang (Anthems of Defeat: Crackdown in Hunan Province 1989â€“1992), charged and imprisoned afterward as a â€œcounter-revolutionary,â€ recounts the painful experiences of his rise to become one of Chinaâ€™s most outspoken dissidents. Many who challenged the Communist regime tragically paid the highest price, while others sacrificed their freedom for lifelong imprisonment. Tang here describes being caught and detained as a dissident after the government crackdown, revealing the intense 12 months of captivity he suffered at the hands of his prison guards. He goes on to write about his release, acceptance into the United States via Hong Kong, and life up to the present day as he challenges the Chinese Communist Party from afar for more democracy. Chinaâ€™s government has gone to extraordinary lengths to erase Tiananmen Square from the memory of its people.
VERDICT An insightful look into the conditions in Chinaâ€™s hidden prison systems, yet of greatest value as a personal, rather than political memoir. Recommended for readers interested in post-Tiananmen Square China.â€
For Library Journal, Allan Cho, Univ. of British Columbia Lib., Vancouver
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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.Â Â
Despite living in exile these past 21 years, Tang Baiqiao hasÂ never relented in his campaign to bring human rights and freedom to his homeland, and throughout the world.Â Â
“My Two Chinas” features a foreword by His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.Â Â Â
Prof. Robert Thurman, noted expert on China and Tibet, will contribute an introduction.Â Â Â
Jeff Widener, the world-renowned photojournalist and Pulitzer-finalist who took the iconic “Tank Man” photo has contributed a preface.Â Â
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Prometheus Books will release â€œMy Two Chinasâ€ in hardcover (and e-book) in March, 2011.Â Â
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