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Liu Xiaobo. (Source: Jixiangfang)

But I still want to say to this regime, which is depriving me of my freedom, that I stand by the convictions I expressed in my "June Second Hunger Strike Declaration" twenty years ago ‑ I have no enemies and no hatred.

Liu Xiaobo (1955-2017) was a firebrand literary critic, poet, and democracy activist. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, just months into an 11-year prison sentence that outlived him. His writing, activism, and courage facing the Chinese government have made him China's most prominent dissident, though he has been largely erased from public memory in China itself.

Liu Xiaobo was born in Changchun, Jilin Province in 1955. China's schools closed in 1966, but Liu read voraciously. As part of the first cohort of university students after the Cultural Revolution, Liu studied Chinese literature at Jilin University, then earned his masters and doctoral degrees in the same subject at Beijing Normal University. As a graduate student, Liu earned his reputation as a "black horse" who criticized virtually every contemporary writer. His dissertation, Aesthetics and Human Freedom, became his second book. (His first book, Criticism of the Choice: Dialogues with Li Zehou, was a bestseller.) Liu became a popular lecturer at Beijing Normal upon completion of his PhD.


Liu Xiaobo's essays and poetry are available in Chinese at Boxun and

Liu Xiaobo at CDT

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