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A Letter to University Authorities Regarding Chen Guida's Sudden Death at Tsinghua

April 30, 2011

[Chen Guida's Death] Chen Guida, a Korean War veteran who worked for Tsinghua University for more than 34 years, spent the past few years negotiating with the University to reinstate his cadre status so that he could obtain the full retirement benefits accorded to cadres. On August 28, 2011, when Chen went again to Tsinghua to submit evidence related to his benefits, he was stopped by several security guards. In the scuffle, Chen died of a heart attack. The family requests that Tsinghua University contribute to his memorial service, return Chen’s salary and status to that of a cadre, and assume civil liability for Chen’s death.