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15

Oct
2010

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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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14

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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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12

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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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29

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2010

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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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23

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2010

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International Reebok Human Rights Award Winner Endorses “My Two Chinas”

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During the late 1990s, Dan Li abandoned his doctoral studies in astrophysics to involve himself in AIDS activism within the nation of China. In June 2003, he set up a school for AIDS orphans in China’s central Henan province, where a botched blood donation campaign and a cover-up by corrupt officials resulted in a massive HIV epidemic. 

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 which few, if any, non-profit organizations could ever hope to raise.

Dan Li and his staff have been detained by their government several times for having the temerity to help children in need.  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.

“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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20

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2010

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Top Human Rights Lawyer Lauds “My Two Chinas”

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Another powerful quote 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.

 “Good versus evil. A fractured nation. A family torn apart. The banished hero continues to fight from exile. This book carries all the hallmarks of myth, and yet it really happened. Tang Baiqiao has torn back the veil. Let the world take a good long look. Here is a true story of Tiananmen Square.”

– Thomas Guo Guoting, leading human rights attorney, law professor, author.

Award-winning Chinese human rights lawyer, Guo Guoting, practiced law for over 20 years in Shanghai. But in 2003, Guo turned his practice toward defending journalists, cyber-dissidents, fellow civil rights lawyers, and Falun Gong practitioners. The Chinese Communist government reacted strongly. In 2005, it revoked Guo’s license, placed him under house arrest, and launched a criminal investigation into his affairs. Thanks to appeal by the international human rights community, Guo was released from captivity and safely arrived in Canada in Mayof  2005. He now lives in British Columbia where he writes articles for the international press, edits and translates same, and serves as visiting legal professor at many fine universities.

 

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06

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2010

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Two More Astounding Early Endorsements for “My Two Chinas”

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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

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2010

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Legendary Chinese Dissident Endorses “My Two Chinas”

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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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