Guardian news: Exiled author banned from visiting China

Just received the url from my friend and author Ma Jian, whom I interviewed on the 4th of June this year in memory of the military crash on Tiananmen Square in 1989: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/29/author-ma-jian-banned-from-china

Coincidentally, I was talking about a related subject with a Facebook friend yesterday. The reason Ma Jian is banned from visiting China is that he is writing in Chinese, which is considered more dangerous by the Chinese authorities since the majority of the Chinese — even the highly educated ones — don’t read and speak any language other than Chinese (or/and the dizzying amount of dialects).

** You can (re-)read my interview with the author, which I paste here: http://julieoyang.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/%e2%80%9csexual-love-as-an-antidote-to-totalitarian-control%e2%80%9d/

julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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