The Memorial Collection for Dr. Liu Xiaobo
Release Date: December 7, 2017
About the Anthology
Ed. Chu Cai and Yu Zhang. Somerdale, New Jersey: Institute for China’s Democratic Transition and Democratic China, 2017
This is the first book dedicated to the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Liu Xiaobo. He died of cancer on 13 July 2017 while serving a 11-year jail sentence for advocating democracy. His ashes were then cast into the ocean in a sea burial hastily arranged by the Communist government. The articles collected in the book, most of which are written by Chinese scholars, prodemocracy and human rights activists, Dr. Liu’s colleagues and friends, focus on his life, death, and legacy. The book is edited by Cai Chu, one of Dr. Liu’s long-time colleagues, and prefaced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as Perry Link and Zhang Zuhua. The book is jointly published by Democratic China and the Institute for China’s Democratic Transition. Democratic China is a NGO founded by Dr. Liu Xiaobo. Liu Xiaobo once served as Democratic China’s president and Editor-In-Chief of Democratic China Electronic Journal. The Institute for China’s Democratic Transition is a non-profit think tank and educational organization based in the United States working to prepare for and facilitate the transformation of China into a democracy with free market economy.
I never met Liu Xiaobo, but his words and life touch and inspire me. His ideas live beyond his physical body though I am among the many who wish he survived to help develop and lead democratic reform in China, a nation and people he was devoted to.
Liu’s Final Statement: I Have No Enemies delivered December 23, 2009 to the judge sentencing him stands beside important texts which inspire and help frame society as Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail did in my country. King addressed fellow clergymen and also his prosecutors, judges and the citizens of America in its struggle to realize a more perfect democracy.