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This Issue’s Contributors

June 4, 2009

Chen Ziming is an economist and journalist who was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment for “counterrevolutionary activities” in February 1991. He was awarded the International Press Freedom award by the Committee to Protect Journalists later that year. In 2004, he helped set up a website called “Reform and Construction,” but the site was shut down by authorities in August 2005.

Ding Zilin is the founder and leader of the Tiananmen Mothers, an activist group and a network of families who have lost loved ones in the government crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement. She was an associate philosophy professor at Renmin University of China when her son, Jiang Jielian, was killed on June 3, 1989. She started the group June Fourth Victim’s Family later that year after connecting with other parents who lost loved ones. The group’s name was changed to Tiananmen Mothers in 2000.

Gao Wenqian is the Senior Policy Advisor and Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Publications at Human Rights in China. A former researcher at the Chinese Communist Party Central Research Office for Documentation, he immigrated to the United States in 1993. He is the author of Zhou Enlai: The Last Perfect Revolutionary.

He Qinglian, an economist and author of China’s Pitfall and Media Control in China, is a Senior Researcher in Residence with Human Rights in China. A graduate of Hunan Normal University, with a master’s degree in economics from Shanghai’s Fudan University, He Qinglian worked in the propaganda department of the municipal Communist Party Committee in Shenzhen before becoming a writer and editor for the Shenzhen Legal Daily and working at Jinan University. He Qinglian moved to the United States in 2001.

Hou Jie is a freelance writer and television program developer currently residing in Beijing. In 1989, he was imprisoned for his involvement in June Fourth. In 2000, he founded, an e-commerce website.

Hu Ping is the New York-based editor of the Chinese-language monthly Beijing Spring, and is a member of the board of directors of Human Rights in China.

Li Heng is a writer and member of the Independent Chinese PEN Center.

Liao Yiwu is a writer currently residing in China. After writing the epic poem, “Massacre,” about June Fourth, Liao was arrested in 1990 and spent four years in jail. He received a Human Rights Watch Hellman-Hammett Grant in 2003 and a Freedom to Write Award from the Independent Chinese PEN Center in 2007. Liao is the author of The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories: China from the Bottom Up, now available in paperback.

Rigzin was born in Tibet. He attended university in Beijing and became an editor of a literary journal in Tibet. He immigrated to the United States and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Alim Seytoff is General Secretary of the Uyghur American Association (UAA) and the Director of its Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP). Since his arrival in the United States in 1996, he has campaigned for the human rights and religious freedom of the Uyghur people. He is a regular commentator on the political situation in East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region).

Teng Biao is a scholar and lecturer at the Law School of the China University of Political Science and Law and rights defense lawyer at the Beijing Huayi Law Firm. He has provided counsel in numerous human rights cases, including those of Chen Guangcheng, Hu Jia, and Sun Zhigang.

Wang Dan attended Peking University and was a prominent student leader during the 1989 Democracy Movement. After the crackdown, he topped the list of “counterrevolutionaries” and was jailed twice before coming to the United States, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 2008 at Harvard University. He is currently the chairman of the Chinese Constitutional Reform Association.

Yi Ping graduated from Beijing Teachers College and taught Chinese literature and language for 17 years. From 2001 to 2003, he was a visiting scholar in the Asian Studies Department at Cornell University. Currently, he is the editor of Ren Yu Ren Quan, Human Rights in China’s monthly online Chinese-language journal.

This Issue’s Translators

Wen Huang is a Chicago-based writer and freelance journalist whose articles and translations have been published in Wall Street Journal Asia, Chicago Tribune, Paris Review, South China Morning Post, and Christian Science Monitor. His translations include Chinese writer Liao Yiwu’s The Corpse Walker: True Life Stories, China from the Bottom Up, now available in paperback, and Yang Xianhui’s Woman from Shanghai, to be released by Pantheon in August 2009. Wen is a recipient of the 2007 PEN Translation Fund Grant.

J. Latourelle is a California-based translator and writer who can be reached at j.latourelle [at]

Wu Danchen hopes to see greater freedoms for ordinary citizens in mainland China and the world.