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ERIC Number: EJ847213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May-29
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Where the Leaders of 1989 Are Now
Hvistendahl, Mara
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n38 pB10 May 2009
This article describes the current lives of the Chinese leaders of 1989. Wang Dan, an active organizer year before the demonstrations and quickly became a leader in the square, has completed a Ph.D. in Chinese history at Harvard University last year and is now on a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford. Wu'er Kaixi, who took a leading role in the student hunger strike, has studied at Harvard University and completed a master's degree in political science at Dominican University of California. He now lives in Taipei, where he manages an investment fund. Wang Chaohua, who became a voice for moderation in the square, has graduated with a Ph.D. in Asian languages and culture from the University of California at Los Angeles, and is now living in Los Angeles, where she is writing a book about Cai Yuanpei, the early 20th-century Peking University chancellor whose educational reforms helped pave the way for the May Fourth movement. Liu Xiaobo, one of China's most prominent cultural critics in the 1980s, is now being held in a windowless room outside Beijing for co-authoring Charter 08, a document released last fall that calls on the Chinese government to respect its Constitution. Li Lu, a graduate student at Nanjing University in 1989 and who journeyed to Beijing to take part in the demonstrations, is now running an investment firm in Pasadena, California, that focuses on international investments. Chai Ling, one of the leaders who presided over the square until the final hours, has completed an M.B.A. at Harvard University and is now running the software company Jenzabar, which provides free Web portals to universities in exchange for students' contact information. Feng Congde, married to Chai Ling and like her, assumed a pivotal role in the square, is now divorced from Chai. He is now living in San Francisco, where he maintains Web sites about Chinese human rights.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China