Author: Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach lives in Berkeley, California. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. She received her master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her writing about China has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and other publications.
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A Devotion to Language Proves Risky

Linguist Abduweli Ayup returned to Xinjiang after studying in the U.S. with the goal of opening Uyghur language schools, to promote the language among his fellow Uyghurs, who are increasing educated in Mandarin at the expense of their own language. While fund-raising for a school in Urumqi last August, he was detained along with two business associates, Dilyar Obul and Muhemmet

May 12, 2014 1:30 PM

25 Years Ago: Snub Lies in Waiting for Gorbachev

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the nationwide, student-led democracy movement in China, and the subsequent June 4th military crackdown in Beijing. To commemorate the student movement, CDT is posting a series of original news articles from 1989, beginning with the death of Hu Yaobang on April 15 and continuing through the tumultuous spring. The full series can be read 

May 12, 2014 12:02 AM

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