Human Rights in China is co-hosting a “Human Rights Bookfair” at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center in New York City on Thursday, December 3, 2009, from 1 pm to 8.30 pm. The program, as well as Fordham’s address and other information, will be available before December 3 on HRIC’s website at www.hrichina.org. The organizers say that the book fair “aims to support freedom of expression in China,” and that it will “focus on writings banned and censored by the Chinese government.” The International Campaign for Tibet will be represented among the many groups there selling and exhibiting works banned in China and Tibet, including ICT’s most recent publication “Like Gold That Fears No Fire” — available online here.
“Like Gold That Fears No Fire” is a new collection of writings by Tibetans inside Tibet and features stories of imprisonment, interrogation, death and loss, as well as perspectives on a better future that reveal an unquenchable spirit and deeply-felt Tibetan identity. The stories, poems and essays in this rich and diverse collection focus on the experiences of Tibetans since a wave of overwhelmingly peaceful protests swept across Tibet from March 2008, to be met by a violent crackdown. Writers and artists are among hundreds of Tibetans who have faced torture and imprisonment for peaceful expression of their views.
HRiC is planning various readings at the book fair as well as several multi-media presentations, and HRiC will also be distributing an annotated list of banned books written over the past twenty years (1989-2009). The list is intended to introduce readers outside China to the creative energy, intellectual rigor, and richness of individual expressions among the people that the Chinese government has tried or continues to suppress.
ICT received a great deal of interest over “Like Gold That Fears No Fire” when it was was originally launched by ICT Germany at the Frankfurt International Book Fair in October, blogged about by ICT here. ICT is intending to get more copies printed in the near future, which will be made available to those members — and everyone else — not able to come to New York City on Thursday.
The Human Rights Book Fair is open to the public, and any ICT members in New York City that day are urged to come along not only to meet the ICT staff and everyone else who’ll be there, but also to come and witness the dynamism, promise and importance of these banned writers and their works to the culture and politics of China and Tibet.
Human Rights Bookfair artwork by Chungpo Tsering