As resolved by the General Assembly of the United Nations, June 20th is World Refugee Day. Each year, from June 18 to 20, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) commemorates World Refugee Day in Washington, DC, in order to draw the public’s attention to the millions of refugees worldwide who are forced to flee their homes.
As noted by theÂ New York Public Library’sÂ Brigid Cahalan, “They say that the Information Age has passed; we are now in the Age of the Story. The story of one’s life can not only captivate, but also educate. These stories of refugees explain bits of the world for the rest of us as seen through the eyes of those who were there â€” wherever there was â€” and had to leave because of “…a well-founded fear…”
NYPL’s website featured six titles exemplifying the plight of the political refugee in the United States. Damon and co-author Baiqiao Tang are proud that their book “My Two Chinas”Â was included in this distinguished list.
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About “My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary” with Baiqiao Tang
“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
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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