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Wang Dan

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Wang Dan

Wang Dan, writer, essayist and poet, was the most prominent leader of the Tiananmen student pro-democracy movement. Following the Chinese government’s crackdown on June 4, 1989, he was arrested and sentenced to four years of imprisonment. After being released on parole in 1993, he continued to speak out against the totalitarian government and was rearrested in 1995 for conspiring to overthrow the Communist Party of China. In 1998, before U.S. President Bill Clinton visited China, Wang was released on medical parole and arrived in the United States. With a doctorate in history from Harvard University, Wang is now the author of seventeen books, including Prison Memoirs and I Walk Alone in the Cold. The excerpt from his Prison Memoirs is the first time Wang’s work appears in English.

Articles by Wang Dan

Twenty Years after Tiananmen, Part II
By Wang Dan
In his second post for Words without Borders, former dissident leader Wang Dan continues his discussion about the significance of the events of June 4 in today’s world and to the politics and policies…
Twenty Years after Tiananmen
By Wang Dan
In an exclusive series for Words without Borders, dissident leader Wang Dan speaks out on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. In his first post, below, he describes…
From “Prison Memoirs”
By Wang Dan
Wang Dan was a leader of the 1989 student pro-democracy protest in Tiananmen Square. Following the government crackdown on June 4, Wang, who was on the government’s most wanted list, went into hiding.…
Translated from Chinese by Wenguang Huang
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