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1989: Background Reading

As we mark the 30th anniversary of the 1989 protest movement in China, and the subsequent military crackdown, CDT editors have put together a list of books to provide more in-depth context and analyses of the movement, the political decision to use force, and the long-term repercussions for...

Censoring the News Before It Happens

At The New York Review of Books, Perry Link discusses CDT’s ‘Directives from the Ministry of Truth’ series of leaked propaganda instructions: In the end […], none of the parts of [CDT founder and...

‘Hi! I’m Fang!’ The Man Who Changed China

At The New York Review of Books, Perry Link shares eight favorite memories of “astrophysicist, activist, and dissident” Fang Lizhi, who died on April 6th last year. In May, 1989, while student demonstrators were in...

Striving for Freedom in the Chinese New Year

At The Washington Post, Perry Link and CDT founder Xiao Qiang point out a hollow in Xi Jinping’s “China dream”, between individuals’ material wishes and the “spiritual” goals of the state....

In China’s Cyberspace, Dissent Speaks Code

At The Wall Street Journal, CDT’s editor in chief Xiao Qiang and Perry Link describe the use of online slang, such as sardonic honorifics and the “involuntary passive”, to not only sidestep censors but also...

Politics and the Chinese Language

On ChinaFile, Perry Link responds to a number of recent articles offering varying opinions about the choice of Mo Yan as the Nobel Laureate in Literature. In particular, Link responds directly to an essay by Charles Laughlin, in...

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