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Fù Guóyǒng 傅国涌

Fu Guoyong (born. 1967) is a writer and independent historian. He was born in Yueqing, Zhejiang Province, and studied to become a teacher. Currently based in Hangzhou, his research focuses on the intellectual history of modern China.

Fu conducted extensive research on Lin Zhao, an outspoken critic in the 1950s and 1960s, who was executed for criticizing Mao Zedong’s policy. In 2014, Fu wrote an essay titled Lin Zhao and Her Era. The essay resurfaced in April 2020, before being censored on Chinese internet. It wrote:

[...] Lin Zhao’s era will not end until we can freely discuss her in Mainland China. Only when Lin Zhao can be publicly talked about, researched, made into movies, and discussed will the era truly come to an end.

[...] Lin Zhao was not well-known before her death. She was known only by her classmates and acquaintances. It was only after her death that more and more people began to pay attention and get to know her. So her life really started the moment she was executed. No one knows when her era will end, but we shall believe that there will be an end some day.

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