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Overview

When the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on December 10, 2010, its recipient, Liu Xiaobo, was in Jinzhou Prison, serving an eleven-year sentence for what Beijing called “incitement to subvert state power.” In Oslo, actress Liv Ullmann read a long statement the activist had prepared for his 2009 trial. It read in part: “I stand by the convictions I expressed in my ‘June Second Hunger Strike Declaration’ twenty years ago—I have no enemies and no hatred. None of the police who monitored, arrested, and interrogated me, none of the prosecutors who indicted me, and none of the judges who judged me are my enemies.”

That statement is one of the pieces in this book, which includes writings spanning two decades, providing insight into all aspects of Chinese life. These works not only chronicle a leading dissident’s struggle against tyranny but enrich the record of universal longing for freedom and dignity. Liu speaks pragmatically, yet with deep-seated passion, about peasant land disputes, the Han Chinese in Tibet, child slavery, the CCP’s Olympic strategy, the Internet in China, the contemporary craze for Confucius, and the Tiananmen massacre. Also presented are poems written for his wife, Liu Xia, public documents, and a foreword by Václav Havel.


This collection is an aid to reflection for Western readers who might take for granted the values Liu has dedicated his life to achieving for his homeland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674072329
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 05/13/2013
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,155,925
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, was a Chinese writer and human rights activist.

Perry Link is retired from a career teaching at Princeton University and now is Chancellorial Chair for Teaching Across Disciplines at the University of California, Riverside. He publishes on Chinese language, literature, and cultural history, and also writes and speaks on human rights in China.

Tienchi Martin-Liao born in Nanjing, China and educated in Taiwan and Germany-has dedicated much of her life to advocating for democracy and human rights in China. Martin-Liao has authored and translated numerous books on Chinese cultural and social subjects, and frequently appears in the US and international media as an expert on Chinese human rights issues. She is currently the Senior Research Analyst and the Editor-in-Chief at the Laogai Research Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Liu Xia, the wife of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, is a painter, poet, and photographer from Beijing, China. Since her husband's formal arrest in 2009, Liu Xia has often had to speak out on behalf of her husband in the public arena.

Table of Contents

Foreword Václav Havel ix

Introduction Perry Link xiii

Part I Politics with Chinese Characteristics

Listen Carefully to the Voices of the Tiananmen Mothers 3

Reading the Unedited Interview Transcripts of Family Members Bereaved by the Massacre

Poem: Your Seventeen Years 13

Poem: Standing amid the Execrations of Time 16

To Change a Regime by Changing a Society 21

The Land Manifestos of Chinese Farmers 30

Xidan Democracy Wall and China's Enlightenment 37

The Spiritual Landscape of the Urban Young in Post-Totalitarian China 47

Poem: What One Can Bear 58

Poem: A Knife Slid into the World 60

Bellicose and Thuggish 62

The Roots of Chinese "Patriotism" at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century

State Ownership of Land is the Authorities' Magic Wand for Forced Eviction 85

A Deeper Look into why Child Slavery in China's "Black Kilns" Could Happen 94

The Significance of the "Weng' an Incident" 107

Part II Culture and Society

Epilogue to Chinese Politics and China's Modern Intellectuals 117

On Living with Dignity in China 128

Poem: Looking Up at Jesus 131

Elegy to Lin Zhao, Lone Voice of Chinese Freedom 134

Ba Jin 137

The Limp White Flag

Poem: Alone in Winter 146

Poem: Van Gogh and You 148

The Erotic Carnival in Recent Chinese History 150

Poem: Your Lifelong Prisoner 175

From Wang Shuo's Wicked Satire to Hu Ge's Egao 177

Political Humor in a Post-Totalitarian Dictatorship

Yesterday's Stray Dog Becomes Today's Guard Dog 188

Poem: My Puppy's Death 201

Long Live the Internet 203

Imprisoning People for Words and the Power of Public Opinion 211

Part III China and the World

Behind the "China Miracle" 223

Behind The Rise of the Great Powers 228

Poem: To St. Augustine 240

Poem: Hats Off to Kant 242

The Communist Party's "Olympic Gold Medal Syndrome 245

Hong Kong Ten Years After the Handover 256

So Long as Han Chinese Have No Freedom, Tibetans Will Have No Autonomy 262

Poem: One Morning 267

Poem: Distance 269

Obama's Election, the Republican Factor, and a Proposal for China 270

Part IV Documents

The June Second Hunger Strike Declaration 277

Poem: You

Ghosts

The Defeated 284

A Letter to Liao Yiwu 286

Poem: Feet So Cold, So Small 290

Using Truth to Undermine A System Built on Lies 292

Statement of Thanks in Accepting the Outstanding Democracy Activist Award

charter 08 300

My Self-Defense 313

I Have No Enemies 321

My Final Statement

The Criminal Verdict 327

Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court Criminal Judgment No. 3901 (2009)

Bibliography 341

Acknowledgments 345

Index 347

What People are Saying About This

Josephine Chiu-Duke

Presented in a lucid and persuasive manner with obvious but well restrained moral passion, this book offers a leading Chinese intellectual dissident's thoughts over the past two decades on his persistent efforts to bring about a free, democratic and civilized China. Liu's engagé writings keep alive the modern Chinese tradition of intellectual pursuit of liberal democracy and constitute another page of individual struggle for human freedom and dignity. This book is for anyone who is concerned with a better China and a better world.
Josephine Chiu-Duke, University of British Colombia

Thorbjørn Jagland

Freedom of expression may be irritating to some, but its absence is harmful to all. Without the freedom of expression there can be no lasting progress because without critical voices in the society there is no protection against error and abuse in the exercise of power. Liu Xiaobo is paying a harsh price for speaking out. I invite you to read his work, as a tribute to his courage, and as an inspiration for your own.
Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee

Pu Zhiqiang

The massacre in Beijing in 1989 turned Liu Xiaobo, almost literally overnight, toward passionate pursuit of democracy, constitutional government, and respect for the dignity of the individual person. The quest has sent him to prison four times, yet he insists that he "has no enemies." Some day, I am sure, his works will be available in China for his fellow citizens to read and discuss. He has never let go of the present, and is sure to win the future. He belongs to China--just as China, in part, belongs to him.
Pu Zhiqiang, rights lawyer, Beijing

Ding Zilin

Liu Xiaobo insists on "living in truth." Each time I re-read his astute essays and merciless self-dissections, I am struck again: here truly is a different kind of Chinese intellectual. The essential value of the essays in this volume springs from that very source: Liu Xiaobo lives in truth; he is different.
Ding Zilin, Founder of the Tiananmen Mothers

Ian Buruma

Liu Xiaobo's brilliant essays express more than political dissidence in China. They do that too, heroically. But they are also the work of a first rate literary intellectual, whose ideas are of universal value. In three words: sharp, witty, and above all, humane.
Ian Buruma, author of Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing

The Dalai Lama

I am happy to learn that the selected writings of Liu Xiaobo are being published in a book entitled No Enemies, No Hatred. In 2008, when hundreds of Chinese intellectuals and concerned citizens inspired by Liu Xiaobo signed Charter 08, calling for democracy and freedom in China, I was personally moved and expressed my admiration for their courage and their goals in public. The international community also recognized Liu Xiaobo's valuable contribution in urging China to take steps towards political, legal and constitutional reforms by supporting the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to him in 2010. Considering the writer himself remains imprisoned, this book is a powerful reminder of his courage and his vision for a new China. I believe that in the coming years, future generations of Chinese will enjoy the fruits of the efforts that Chinese citizens today are making towards the introduction of a more open and responsible governance. I would also like to take this opportunity to renew my call to the Chinese government to release him and other prisoners of conscience.

Nancy Pelosi

The message contained in this book is so powerful that Liu has been imprisoned solely for exercising his right to free expression. The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu is a testament to the strength of his message and to all the Chinese activists who sacrificed their lives and so much else in the pursuit of freedom and democracy in China. The essays of Liu Xiaobo have inspired freedom loving people not only in China but around the world.
Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader

Ying-shih Yu

The voice of Liu Xiaobo, though silenced in his motherland, is a voice that conveys the long-cherished aspirations of the Chinese people. It is our good fortune that we now have this voice in English translation which, while faithful to the original meaning, also preserves the power of his original message.
Ying-shih Yu, Princeton University

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