So today is the 56th birthday of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. It’s a bittersweet birthday, I’m sure, for a number of reasons.
First, he’s currently serving an 11 year prison sentence that’s not due to end until 2020. And just last week two more Chinese writer/activists were sent to prison for the same reason as Liu–speaking out against their government.
Chen Wei was given a 9 year sentence and Chen Xi (no relation) was given 10 years.
It doesn’t seem so long ago when I first visited China and had my bags searched at the airport, supposedly for lewd magazines and books that criticized China (there were many fewer of those back in 1988).
In any case, it saddens me to think about how much China has ‘progressed’ since 1988, yet really some things haven’t changed at all.
There’s only so much Prada that will keep people happy before the real issues start to boil. How many writers will be thrown in jail before change takes place in China?