Press Release: Harry Wu to Preside Over New Liu Xiaobo Book Release Event at 2011 Taipei International Book Exhibition

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Tue, 02/08/2011

The Laogai Research Foundation (LRF), directed by Harry Wu, dissident and expert on China’s human rights issues, will participate in the Taipei International Book Exhibition at the Taipei World Trade Center from February 9th through 14th.  In addition to exhibiting LRF's “Black Series,” research reports, and other books published by the Laogai Research Foundation, Mr. Wu will preside over an event promoting LRF's most recently published book, “Strive for Freedom- Selected Writings of Liu Xiaobo.”

From the creation of the Observe China website in 2002 until his imprisonment in 2008, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo aired his grievances on the Observe China site, using it as a platform to probe the path that China is on. (Observe China was created by the China Information Center, a sister organization which has already merged together with the Laogai Research Foundation.)  Over the course of those six years, Observe China published over three hundred articles by Liu Xiaobo, 268 of which were first published on Observe China. In 2009, the Chinese authorities handed Liu Xiaobo a heavy sentence, charging him with the crime of “inciting subversion of state power.” As the verdict reveals, of the six articles used to convict him, three were first published on Observe China. The articles were: “Can It Be that the Chinese People Deserve Only ‘Party-Led Democracy’?,” “Changing the Regime by Changing Society,” and “The Many Aspects of CPC Dictatorship.” We selected 99 of the 268 articles published for the first time on Observe China to compile this book.

Professor Yu Ying-shih, academician and history scholar at Academia Sinica of the Republic of China, wrote a preface especially for this book.

Mr. Wu will be speaking at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1 - Blue Salon at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2011. Laogai Research Foundation publications will be available for purchase throughout the expo in Exhibition Hall 1, booths A1101 and A1102.

For more information, contact or 202-408-8300 x300.