Manage episode 191683619 series 8171
In 2010, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese
literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist who had
called for political reforms in China for decades. At the time of his
award, he was incarcerated as a political prisoner in China, and was
unable to attend the peace award ceremony.
Liu Xiaobo, died Thursday, July 13 at age 61 while on medical parole in
China, where he was being treated for liver cancer. He was 7 years into an
11-year prison sentence for trying to overthrow the Chinese government.
In this rebroadcast of our 2012 program, we talk with poet Jeffrey Yang
who is editing a collection of Xiaobo's poetry to learn more about the
prize winner's life and commitment to peace. Also Chinese writer Tienchi
Liao, a literary colleague of Xiaobo, details Xiaobo's key role in the
Tiananmen Square turmoil of 1989, and offers perspective on Xiaobo's
political writing. Paul Ingles hosts.