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: https://julieoyang.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/%e2%80%9csexual-love-as-an-antidote-to-totalitarian-control%e2%80%9d/

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