About Beijing Spring

    Everyone has the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. 
---- United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

    Beijing Spring is a Chinese-language monthly magazine dedicated to the promotion of human rights, democracy and social justice in China. Founded in June 1993, it is published in New York and distributed throughout the world. Beijing Spring is published on the fifteenth of each month. The electronic version is normally uploaded to this site before the end of the month.

    For a one-year subscription, send a check of $30 ($60 for institutions) to: Beijing Spring, P. O. Box 520709, Flushing, NY 11352, USA. Tel: (718) 661-9977; Fax: (718)661-9922; E-mail: editor@bjs.org. Subscribers outside of U.S. pay additional postage: Canada $16; Europe $36; Asia $46.

    This site stores thousands of articles published in Beijing Spring and elsewhere totaling over 10 million Chinese characters. To read Chinese texts on-line, you need a Chinese viewer. To read downloaded texts, you can use either a Chinese viewer or a Chinese word processor. There are many Chinese software programs on the market. The viewer we recommend is Njstar Communicator. This viewer can be downloaded from http://www.njstar.com.

Members of Beijing Spring's Advisory Board

    Fang Lizhi, an astrophysicist who became an inspiring leader of the Chinese democracy movement. Mr. Fang, who is sometimes regarded as China's Sakharov, was on the most wanted list after the violent crackdown of the demonstrations in Beijing in 1989 and was force to seek refuge in the American Embassy for about a year. He is now professor of Physics at University of Arizona.

    Guo Luoji, a leading liberal political theoretician whose writings so angered Deng Xiaoping that Deng personally ordered that he be taken out of Beijing. Mr. Guo was among the first to sue the Chinese government for human rights abuses in a court of law. He is now a visiting scholar at Harvard University.

    Lin Baohua (a.k.a. Ling Feng), Well-known columnist. Born in Indonesia, he attended PeopleíŽs University in Beijing and lived in Hong Kong for many years until 1997.

    Perry Link, a leading expert on China. Mr. Link is Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University.

    Liu Binyan, a well known writer revered by a large segment of the Chinese populace. When he was with the official People's Daily, Mr. Liu exposed through his writings corruption, deceit, and brutality of the Chinese high officials and helped many of their victims. He is now a fellow of the Princeton China Initiative.

    Liu Qing, a veteran democracy campaigner known for his selflessness and devotion. Mr. Liu was a close ally of Wei Jingsheng, China's paramount dissident, in late 1970's. For his effort to publicize Wei's trial, he himself was jailed for ten years. He is now Chairman of the Executive Committee of Human Rights in China.

    Andrew Nathan, a leading expert on Chinese politics. Mr. Nathan is Professor of Political Science and Director of East Asian Institute at Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on China.

    Situ Hua, president of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic and Democratic Movement in China. Mr. Situ is a member of the Hong Kong legislature and an important leader of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong.

    Su Shaozhi, a leading liberal political theoretician. Mr. Su served as the director of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He is now chairman of Princeton China Initiative.

    Su Xiaokang, a writer best known for his epic The River's Elegy, a critical evaluation of China's political and cultural evolution. Mr. Su took part in the 1989 democracy movement and was forced to flee. He is now a fellow of the Princeton China Initiative and publisher of the bi-monthly journal, The Democratic China.

    Wang Ruowang, a literary critic known in China as a vanguard of the liberalization movement. He was jailed for over a year after the 1989 crackdown. Mr. Wang now lives in New York and writes for many Chinese publications. (Mr. Wang passed away in December 2001.)

    Yu Ying-shih, a prominent historian and professor of history at Princeton University. Left China in 1950, Mr. Yu has been a leading critic of the tyranny of the Chinese communists. After 1989, he played a critical role in helping the fleeing activists settle in the U.S. and in setting up the Princeton China Initiative.

Members of Beijing Spring's Editorial Board

    Yu Dahai, Publisher of Beijing Spring. He was Chief Editor from June 1993 to June 1996 and President from June 1996 to September 2002. He graduated from Beijing University and received a Ph.D. degree from Princeton University. He is former president of the Chinese Alliance for Democracy and the China Spring magazine, and founding president of the Chinese Economists Society. He is now assistant professor of economics at Tufts University.

    Wang Dan, President of Beijing Spring effective September 2002. He was a student of Beijing University when the democracy movement of 1989 broke out. He was an important leader of that movement and was the number one student leader on the governmentíŽs most wanted list after the June 4, 1989 crackdown. He was imprisoned for political reasons from July 1989 to February 1993 and again from May 1995 to April 1998. He is now a graduate student in Harvard University.

    Hu Ping, Chief Editor of Beijing Spring. He was the Chief Writer of Beijing Spring from June 1993 to June 1996. He received a Master's degree in philosophy from Beijing University and studied at Harvard University. In 1980, he won a seat in a district People's Congress in Beijing in free elections. He is former president of the Chinese Alliance for Democracy and the China Spring magazine, and a regular commentator for Radio Free Asia.

    Chen Kuide. He received a Ph.D. degree in philosophy from Fudan University and was Chief Editor of Shanghai's Thinker magazine. He took part in the 1989 democracy movement in Shanghai. He is now a member of the Princeton China Initiative and a regular commentator for Radio Free Asia.

    Zheng Yi. He is a writer best known for his account of cannibalism in China during the frenzied days of the Cultural Revolution. An important leader of the 1989 democracy movement, he fled to Hong Kong in 1992 through an underground railroad. He is now a member of the Princeton China initiative.

    Xue Wei, Manager of Beijing Spring. In the 1970's, he was imprisoned in Sichuan for nine years for "counter-revolutionary activities". He studied at Hunter College and worked for the Chinese Alliance for Democracy and the China Spring magazine in various capacities from 1982 to 1993.

Last revision: December 24, 1998. Last corrections: October 31, 2002