Category Archives: Special Columns

Tienchi Martin-Liao : Two Forgotten Spies: Bianca Tam and Antonio Riva

Foreigners in China, in the mid-twentieth century, were active in the resistance against the burgeoning Communist regime. The stories of two Italian spies have been largely lost in history. Tienchi Martin-Liao seeks to shine light on the pair’s forgotten histories by retelling the story their opposite fates.

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Tienchi Martin-Liao: Brave Man, Gao Zhisheng, Stands Up Against Chinese State Power

The censorship of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s new prison memoir shows that the Chinese authorities are aware of the human rights atrocities that are being committed within the justice system.

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Tienchi Martin-Liao: Elegy of a Chinese Peasant Woman

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While their parents go to work in the cities, children in rural China are left behind and inherit generational poverty. Image via: Wikimedia Commons.

A tragedy in rural China highlights the socioeconomic divides that have left rural peasant women behind.

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Tsoi Wing-Mui: Causeway Bay Bookstore Incident and Hong Kong’s Press Freedom

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Wing Mui TSOI speaking at PEN International 82nd Congress held in Ourense, Spain, on 28 September, 2016

There once was a famous saying in Hong Kong: A border separates Hong Kong from Mainland China. On both sides of this border are the same people with the same cultural tradition and they belong to same race. But there is a key difference: People on one side can criticize anyone but their government while people on the other side can criticize anyone but their wives. Continue reading

Tienchi Liao: An empty chair for Liu xiaobo on the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

liu-xiaobo-nobel-prizeTo Chair Woman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
Mrs. Kaci Kullmann

Former Chairman
Mr. Thorbjorn Jagland

Dear Mrs. Kullmann,
Dear Mr. Jagland,

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mr. Liu Xiaobo is still kept in prison in China, he is serving his 11 years imprisonment and will not be released till 2020. Continue reading

Tienchi Martin-Liao: The Unwelcome Chinese

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Chinese tourists in Edinburgh. Image via Wikimedia Commons

Although insulting, Chen Pokong’s book is accurate in portraying a China that indulges in capitalistic consumption.

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Tienchi Martin-Liao: The Muppet Show in Court

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Image via YouTube user: Hong Kong Free Press

Human rights lawyers and journalists are being intimidated by the Chinese government into public confession and denunciation of human rights efforts.

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The Old Man and His Magazine

Tienchi Martin-Liao-Yanhuang ChunqiuThe shutdown of an esteemed liberal Chinese newspaper by government affiliates reveals the Chinese Revolution devouring its own. Continue reading