Bringing Down the Great Wall: Writings on Science, Culture, and Democracy in China. Fang Lizhi.
Fang Lizhi and Human Rights in China, April 13, 2000
Since the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, Fang Lizhi has often been regarded as the foremost advocate of human rights in China. As one might well imagine, his championing of democracy and human rights has a long history going back as far as thirty years before Tiananmen Square. In 1957 he argued political ideology had nothing to contribute to scientific inquiry, which initially led the Chinese government to identify him as someone in need of correction. From time to time, several other clashes with the government took place. In 1986 the communist authorities believed he helped start the pro-democracy student demonstrations of that year. In 1987 he was dismissed as vice-president of the University of Science and Technology in Anhui province and thrown out of the Communist Party. His dismissal was clearly in retaliation for his fearless pro-democracy speeches throughout China and statements in the foreign press…..
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The Myth of the Enlightenment: Essays
Forthcoming, September, 2014.
My epic poem, The Parliament of Poets, is partly set in China, at Dunhuang, in the Mogao Caves, Chang-an, at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and on Taishan. Many Chinese poets and sages are characters, on Earth and on the Moon… including Du Fu, Bai Juyi, Li Po, Sun Wukong, and others.
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