A Chinese Bookworm Raises Her Voice in Cyberspace

The “Stainless Steel Mouse” is on the Saturday Profile of New York Times. Jim Yardley told us about the recent condition of Liu Di, eight months after the release. She is “upgraded” to “Titanium Alloy Mouse” now.

……Ms. Liu has resumed writing. Several months ago, she signed an online petition calling for the release of Du Daobin, another online Internet essayist. (Mr. Du had been jailed after calling for her release from prison. He was recently convicted of subversion but was given a suspended sentence.) She recently wrote an article in a Hong Kong magazine criticizing the arrest of two crusading newspaper editors in southern China.

Asked why she takes such risks given her history, she said, “It’s the right thing for me to do, so I’m going to keep doing it.”

She still surfs the Internet late into the night. Government monitors have managed to block her name Stainless Steel Mouse from some Web sites. But she said she sometimes uses another moniker: Titanium Alloy Mouse.

“Stainless steel is low end,” she said, smiling. “Titanium steel is much higher end.”

Photo of Liu Di. (From New York Times)

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