Category Archives: Tienchi Martin-Liao

Tienchi Martin-Liao has been the president of the Independent Chinese PEN Center in 2009-2013 and since February 2016. Previously she worked at the Institute for Asian Affairs in Hamburg, Germany, and lectured at the Ruhr-University Bochum from 1985 to 1991. She became head of the Richard-Wilhelm Research Center for Translation in 1991 until she took a job in 2001 as director of the Laogai Research Foundation (LRF) to work on human rights issues. She was at LRF until 2009. Martin-Liao has served as deputy director of the affiliated China Information Center and was responsible for updating the Laogai Handbook and working on the Black Series, autobiographies of Chinese political prisoners and other human rights books.

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

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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

Tienchi Martin-Liao: Yu Jie and the Leviathan State

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Author Yu Jie. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Chinese writer-in-exile Yu Jie attempts to reconcile his past life in China and his present life in the United States.

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Tienchi Martin-Liao : Harry Wu: An Amazing Survivor

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Harry Wu on Human Rights Day. Image via Wikimedia Commons

Tienchi Martin-Liao pens a different obituary for a former colleague and recently deceased legendary Chinese defender of human rights.

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Tienchi Martin-Liao: Horsetrading With Abduction

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From left to right: Chang Ping, Tienchi Martin-Liao, writer Ye Fu, and a friend, in Amsterdam in 2012. Image courtesy of the author.

 

China stretches out its hand to control the international media over the authorities’ abduction of a journalist’s family.

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