Prisoner of the State

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Political commentator and veteran human rights activist Bao Pu tells the story of Premier Zhao Ziyang, a man tried to bring liberal change to China and who tried to prevent the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. He was disgraced and spent the last sixteen years of his life under house arrest. It turns out that during that time Zhao produced a memoir by recording his thoughts and recollections on tape, then smuggling those tapes out of China. Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang, edited and translated by Bao Pu, is based on those tapes.

Event: Bao Pu, Adi Ignatius, and former Ambassador to China, Winston Lord, will be in conversation with Orville Schell, Director of the Center on US-China Relations at the Asia Society
The Road Not Taken: Zhao Ziyang's Memoirs and the Legacy of Tiananmen
Wednesday, June 17th, 6:30 pm
Asia Society and Museum, Auditorium
725 Park Avenue
Tickets: $7 students and members; $10 non-members More information and tickets here.


Bao Pu

Comments [2]

Doug McCray from NOrth Bruswick

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Doug McCray
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Jun. 17 2009 01:35 PM

This is a great segment, thank you, Leonard.

If you're in New York, I highly recommend you attend the event tonight. I wish I could go!

How many times do you get the opportunity to hear experts like Orville Schell AND Winston Lord? For $10? Go!

Jun. 17 2009 12:36 PM

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