Breaking through the Obstacles of Political Isolation and Discrimination<sup>*</sup>

Cui Weiping

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08, and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789888139064
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9789882209732 | DOI:
Breaking through the Obstacles of Political Isolation and Discrimination*

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This chapter is an account of how Cui Weiping collated the first reactions of intellectuals and artists to Liu Xiabo's conviction and eleven-year sentence. Spurred into action by her own outrage and sense of injustice, Cui moved to collect these comments in the form of “Tweets” — short, concise summaries of what people told her over the phone — and later posted them online on her blog. Together, they make for a fascinating testimony to the mood of the intellectual elites in that consequential moment.

Keywords: Charter 08; Liu Xiaobo; Human rights; China; Constititutionalism; Twitter; Tweets; Blog

Chapter.  6087 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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