Liu Xiaobo's Empty Chair: Chronicling the Reform Movement Beijing Fears Most; Includes the full text of Charter 08 and other primary documents

Liu Xiaobo's Empty Chair: Chronicling the Reform Movement Beijing Fears Most; Includes the full text of Charter 08 and other primary documents

by Perry Link

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Overview

When the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced it was awarding the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to the Chinese literary critic and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, it made special note of his role in writing a remarkable political manifesto called Charter 08. In China, that same document has caused officials to throw him in jail with an 11-year sentence that is extraordinary even by Chinese standards, while taking drastic measures to silence any mention of the text. 

But what is Charter 08 and why has it made Liu such a threat to the Chinese government? Perry Link, a Professor of Chinese literature who has worked closely with the Chinese dissidents who wrote the charter with Liu, for the first time brings together a full English translation of this powerful document and an incisive new profile of Liu himself with a series of short essays chronicling his arrest, show-trial, and imprisonment and the crackdown on the Charter 08 movement since its courageous beginnings two years ago. In an epilogue, Link draws on leaked government documents to reveal Beijing's nervous response to the Arab uprisings in the spring of 2011.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590174777
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 05/10/2011
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Perry Link is Chancellorial Chair for Teaching Across Disciplines at the University of California, Riverside. He is editing a collection of essays and poems by Liu Xiaobo that will appear in fall 2011 from Harvard University Press.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Who is Liu Xiaobo?
 
1. THE CHARTER
 Full Text of Charter 08
 
2. THE CRACKDOWN
 ‘Root Out the Organizers’
 But Let’s Not Talk About It
 
3. THE TRIAL
 Liu Xiaobo in Prison: A Letter from His Lawyer
 The Trial of Liu Xiaobo
Box: Political writings by Liu Xiaobo cited
   in his conviction
 ‘We Give Up on Nothing’
 
4. THE NOBEL
 From Prague to Oslo
 A Turning Point in the Long Struggle
 On Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace Prize: An Open Letter
 Anger in Beijing
 At the Nobel Ceremony
 
EPILOGUE: China After the Arab Spring

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