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In February of this year I returned to China to research my next book. The authorities know about the novels of mine that have been…
China is completely lacking in self-awareness and as someone who has stepped outside that society, I have a responsibility to write about it as I…
In 1989, I was on Tiananmen Square with the students, living in their makeshift tents and joining their jubilant singing of the Internationale. In the…
My hope is that the Chinese government will come to realise that it is futile to repress free speech, and that contrary to what they…
It is vitally important for me, both personally and for my writing, to be able to return to China freely, so being barred entry has…
Red Dust was about the late 1980s; it was a time of burgeoning hopes and opening up and people searching for new ways.
Living in London is like being on a luxury cruise liner.
I wanted to analyse and understand how the Chinese people could have their lives so crushed by fear.
I left Beijing in 1987, shortly before my books were banned there, but have returned continually.
Tyrannies not only want to control your mind and thoughts but your flesh as well.
I meant that the Chinese people are not aware of their own entrapment. They believe they live in a free society, but don’t realize how…
I believe that the power of literature is stronger than the power of tyranny.
Beijing Coma took me 10 years to finish.
When history is erased, people’s moral values are also erased.
Only when you are aware of the uniqueness of everyone’s individual body will you begin to have a sense of your own self-worth.
The Beijing Olympics represent China’s grand entrance onto the world stage and confirmation of its new superpower status.
To become self-aware, people must be allowed to hear a plurality of opinions and then make up their own minds. They must be allowed to…
The Chinese people have been forced to forget the Tiananmen massacre. There has been no public debate about the event, no official apology. The media…
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