The Journey of Liu Xiaobo: From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate

The Journey of Liu Xiaobo: From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate


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As a fearless poet and prolific essayist and critic, Liu Xiaobo became one of the most important dissident thinkers in the People’s Republic of China. His nonviolent activism steered the nation’s prodemocracy currents from Tiananmen Square to support for Tibet and beyond. Liu undertook perhaps his bravest act when he helped draft and gather support for Charter 08, a democratic vision for China that included free elections and the end of the Communist Party’s monopoly on power. While imprisoned for “inciting subversion of state power,” Liu won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. He was granted medical parole just weeks before dying of cancer in 2017.
The Journey of Liu Xiaobo draws together essays and reflections on the “Nelson Mandela of China.” The Dalai Lama, artist and activist Ai Weiwei, and a distinguished list of leading Chinese writers and intellectuals, including Zhang Zuhua, the main drafter of Charter 08, and Liu Xia, the wife of Liu Xiaobo, and noted China scholars, journalists, and political leaders from around the globe, including Yu Ying-shih, Perry Link, Andrew J. Nathan, Marco Rubio, and Chris Smith illuminate Liu’s journey from his youth and student years, through his indispensable activism, and to his defiant last days. Many of the pieces were written immediately after Liu’s death, adding to the emotions stirred by his loss.

Original and powerful, The Journey of Liu Xiaobo combines memory with insightful analysis to evaluate Liu’s impact on his era, nation, and the cause of human freedom.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640122246
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 04/01/2020
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Joanne Leedom-Ackerman is a novelist, short story writer, and journalist. She is vice president emeritus of PEN International and served as chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee while Liu was imprisoned. Leedom-Ackerman later served as the International Secretary of PEN International in the same years Liu Xiaobo was president of the Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC). Yu Zhang is a Chinese citizen based in Sweden. As a scholar, editor, and translator, he is the coordinator of the ICPC’s Writers in Prison and the Freedom to Write Committee and served as secretary-general of the ICPC during the years Liu was president of the center. Jie Li is a Chinese American librarian, editor of the Democratic China English website, and a former volunteer for the ICPC. Tienchi Martin-Liao is a Chinese German author, editor, and translator and the president of the ICPC.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations    

Introduction: Unity of Knowledge and Action
Editor’s Note    
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman
The Dalai Lama
The Passion of Liu Xiaobo    
Perry Link
Liu Xiaobo’s Spiritual Heritage    
Zhang Zuhua
Democracy’s Iron Man    
Cui Weiping
On the Causes of Controversies about Liu Xiaobo    
Yan Jiaqi
A Brief Biography of Liu Xiaobo    
Yu Zhang

Why Lui Xiaobo Matters: Black Hand behind a Red Wall
On the Liu Xiaobo Incident    
Yu Ying-Shih
Liu Xiaobo’s Death as an Event of Human Spirit    
Teng Biao
Liu Xiaobo, a Moral Giant of China’s Democratic Transition    
Yang Guang
For Whom the Bell Tolls    
Hu Ping
Liu Xiaobo and His Political Views    
Bao Tong
Liu Xiaobo on the Front Line of Ideas    
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman
He Walked the Path of Kang Youwei and Shed the Blood of Tan Sitong    
Wang Dan
Remembering a Hero and a Martyr    
Carl Gershman
Chinese Culture’s Backbone    
Qian Yuejun

Youth and University Days: Innocent Hearts to Dark Horse
Liu Xiaobo’s Resistance    
Shao Jiang
The Last Idealist    
Wang Wei
I Look Forward to a Magnificent Farewell    
Ai Xiaoming
Unfinished Journey    
Mo Zhixu
Liu Xiaobo Turned Radical Suffering into Calm    
Su Xiaokang
A Formidable Personality    
Jean-Philippe Béja

Tiananmen Square and After: No Enemies
In Memory of My “Best Friend,” Liu Xiaobo    
Zhou Duo
Liu Xiaobo, Who Has Ascended the Altar    
Yi Ping
The Values of Peace and Reason Are Eternal    
Wu Zuolai
Liu Xiaobo and His View of “No Enemies”     
Jin Zhong
Liu Xiaobo, An Eternal Monument    
Pan Yongzhong
Shi Tao
Xu Lin
The Well after Its Name Has Left: In Memory of a Departed Poet    
Zi Kang
Message to Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia    
Tiananmen Mothers
Politics, People, and PEN: Facing up to and Resisting Reality
Our Last Parting Unexpectedly Became Our Final Farewell    
Wang Debang
Missing My Good Friend Liu Xiaobo    
He Depu
Mourning Little Brother Xiaobo    
Cary S. Hung
Some Recollections of Liu Xiaobo    
Zhao Dagong
A Prisoner on His Road    
Ye Du
Liu Xiaobo and I    
Liu Di
The Most Forgiving Opposition    
Zheng Yi
The Liu Xiaobo I Knew    
Cai Chu
Xiaobo, Tonight I Light a Cigarette for You    
Emily Wu
Liu Xiaobo, Me, and Independent Chinese PEN Center    
Qi Jiazhen
Being-toward-Death: Remembering Xiaobo    
Xiao Qiao
China’s Free Spirit    
Qin Geng
The Final Farewell    
Yu Jianrong
Profound Memories to Be Cherished Forever    
Yan Jiawei
Twofold Grievous News, Nothing Can Top It    
Wang Jinbo
Charter 08: No Hatred
Liu Xiaobo’s Self-Cultivation in Suffering    
Xu Youyu
Deeply Concerned for Liu Xiaobo, on the Verge of Death    
Jiang Qisheng
On One of Liu Xiaobo’s Ideological Legacies    
Pei Yiran
Mourning Liu Xiaobo    
Sun Wenguang
What Liu Xiaobo Means to Hong Kong    
Albert Ho Chun-yan
Why I Follow Mr. Liu Xiaobo    
Lu Yang
Liu Xiaobo Is a Hero to Hongkongers    
Tsoi Wing-Mui
Salute Liu Xiaobo!    
Zhao Changqing
Nobel Peace Prize: Empty Chair
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2010    
Norwegian Nobel Committee
A Good Choice of Nobel Prize for Xiaobo    
Sha Yexin
The Spirit of Liu Xiaobo’s “No Enemies” Will Exist Forever in Japan    
Makino Seishu and Wang Jinzhong
China Will Face Dilemma and Inconsistency between the Nobel Prizes for Literature and Peace: One Thought after the Death of Liu Xiaobo    
Hori Takeaki

Being-toward-Death: Torch in the Darkness
Xiaobo and His Era    
Yu Jie
A Life like a Symphonic Poem: Farewell to Liu Xiaobo    
Tienchi Martin-Liao
Liu Xiaobo Had a Dream    
Kaiser Abdurusul ÖzHun
Ascending the Altar: Mourning Liu Xiaobo    
Chen Kuide
Two or Three Things about Liu Xiaobo    
Ai Weiwei
Liu Xiaobo’s Death and Chinese Regime’s Fear    
Andrew J. Nathan
Liu Xiaobo’s Fight for Freedom    
Louisa Greve
“They Killed Him”: Denial of Medical Care in China and the Literary Conscience    
James Tager
Remembering Liu Xiaobo    
Hu Jia
Elegy for Liu Xiaobo    
Liao Yiwu
Tsering Woeser
My Brother, Why Have You Gone to Die?     
Du Daobin
Li Yongsheng

Conclusion: Heart to Heart
Liu Xia
Preface to Liu Xia’s Photo Album    
Liu Xiaobo

Xiaobo, a Meteoroid in Darkness    
Independent Chinese PEN Center
Liu Xiaobo—An Exceptional Life, Always Remembered    
PEN International
Chinese Publisher’s Afterword    
Wang Tiancheng
To Those Gathered for the Book Launch of Essays Commemorating Liu Xiaobo and Dialogue on His Legacy    
Marco Rubio and Chris Smith
Letter of Thanks to PEN International Congress    
Liu Xia
Additional Statements    
Books by Liu Xiaobo    
Liu Xiaobo’s Awards and Honors    
Charter 08    
I Have No Enemies: My Final Statement    
Liu Xiaobo
List of Contributors    

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