Archer Wang

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“A single spark can start a prairie fire,” Chairman Mao famously declared, and a collective of young mainland- and overseas-based Chinese activists are taking his words to heart, using high-tech crowd-rallying techniques to organize spontaneous demonstrations in dozens of cities across China. Judging by Beijing’s heavy-handed response, this new and evolving phenomenon clearly has the Communist leadership rattled.

The growing protest movement, inspired by the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, was launched with an announcement on the Chinese-language news site boxun.com, based in Durham, North Carolina, and for which we serve as translators. Boxun is part of a network of tech-savvy organizations inside and outside China pressing for social change.…  Seguir leyendo »

I still remember a question on one of the numerous physics tests I took in a middle school in China. “How many people of Chinese descent have been awarded a Nobel Prize?”

I guessed four. The correct answer was six, all science prizes. Not one was still a Chinese citizen when the prize was awarded.

“Our nation’s future depends on you,” the teacher said. “No Chinese person has received the Nobel Prize while they were still Chinese.”

Like most Chinese, I think of the Nobel Prize as very different from other human rights awards, including the Congressional Gold Medal given to the 14th Dalai Lama in 2006.…  Seguir leyendo »