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Expert French Sinologist Praises “My Two Chinas”

On 22, Nov 2010 | In Non-Fiction Book | By admin

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 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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