AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo

October 11th, 2010 | 8 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Liu Xiaobo

Age: 54

Occupation: Literature professor and jailed Chinese dissident

Known for: Returning to China from the U.S. during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 and saving hundreds of lives by persuading students to leave the square as army tanks were rolling in; being imprisoned for most of the last 20 years for his peaceful protest of the Chinese government; helping to draft Charter 08, a manifesto calling for freedom of expression, free elections, and human rights in China.

First the good news: On Friday of last week, Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “his long and nonviolent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Liu is the first Chinese citizen still living in mainland China to ever win a Nobel.

Now the bad: In advance of his winning, 14 overseas Chinese dissidents wrote a letter to the Nobel committee declaring Liu an “unsuitable” laureate for, among other reasons, being soft on the Chinese government. Then, when the award was announced, China censored any mention of Liu and the prize. And now Liu’s wife, Liu Xia, is apparently under house arrest.

A peace prize has been given, yes, but still, no peace.

[TIME: Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo Wins the Nobel Peace Prize]
[NY Times: Unusual Opposition to a Favorite for Nobel]


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8 Responses to “AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo”

  1. Cindy says:

    Well deserved recognition!

    Let’s also add that his wife was allowed to visit an then essentially put under house arrest…no internet, no phone, no contact with anyone outside and only allowed to travel under police escort.

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  3. noneinaye says:

    I wonder how he’s holding up in prison.
    If he’s like a hero to the inmates or just fresh meat. And if the guards are treating him okay. Is there any way to find out?

  4. sepao says:

    “A peace prize has been given, yes, but still, no peace.”

    How true! To many, Liu Xiaobo is a hero. But peace maker he is not. He is a human right activist, a revolutionary, albeit a peaceful one. The Nobel Peace Prize is not about human right activism. It is about world peace. The selection of Liu by the Nobel Committee created not only animosity between China and Norway, it also complicated the relationship between China and the western world. It polarized 1/2 of the world population. There’s nothing peaceful about it. Liu could do something far more important than accepting the prize…decline it, as did Le Duc Tho of Vietnam did in the 70s for the same reason.

  5. thsu says:

    sepao, polarizing the world, is that such a bad thing? That we have difference of opinion. Isn’t what that what Liu is fighting for, that individuals have a means to express their differences. For world peace how would you achieve that if you don’t start looking at an individual level? Are people at peace when they cannot express their frustrations?

  6. BusyDad says:

    Deserving or not, “peace” or “activism” – one thing’s for sure. A whole hell of a lot more people know who he is now. And they all know China is acting like a Disgraisian over it. So as far as advancing his noble agenda, Liu succeeded. Also, it took balls. So, applause from me.

    Did you know China banned my blog? I couldn’t access it when I went there a few years ago on business. I felt totally dissidential.

  7. sepao says:

    Funny how everyone is so focus on Liu when the issue here is the Nobel Peace Prize committee. No one is questioning or condemning Liu’s devotion and sacrifice for the good of his country. He is in fact highly regarded by oversea ethnic Chinese, me included.

    The Nobel committee was frustrated with the Chinese Government for their lack of progress on human right. They are angry that a prominent human right activist is jailed just for co-authoring the Chapter 08 manifesto, which by the way recommend regime change by abolishing one party (communist) system in favor of multi-party system. From the communist government stand point, that hit’s the core of their party’s survival.

    The Nobel committee wanted to make a point and their head unequivocally said so. Clearly the confrontation is between China and the Nobel Committee. Liu is made a pawn. It is a deviation from their long held policy of staying neutral from world politics, but then again, this is not the first time the Norwegian sided with one of the two quarreling entities.

    Thsu: Nothing wrong with polarizing the minds, but it’s dangerous to polarize countries. That’s how war evolved. That’s what Nobel was trying to avoid. Hence the Nobel Peace Prize.

    BusyDad: Citizens of the world who give a damn about China know who Liu Xiaobo is. He does not need the Nobel Prize to be recognized. For those who did not knew him before, it won’t matter if they know him now. The award clearly is a disservice to the human right movement by unnecessarily putting the rest of activist at risk. Wife Liu Xia is now on house arrest. What’s next?

  8. kvalentine says:

    Has nobody read his wikipedia entry? I’m a little frightened how supportive people are of this guy…

    Known for his pro-West stance, Liu once stated in an interview: “Modernization means whole-sale westernization, choosing a human life is choosing Western way of life. Difference between Western and Chinese governing system is humane vs in-humane, there’s no middle ground… Westernization is not a choice of a nation, but a choice for the human race” [19]

    In his 1996 article titled “Lessons from the Cold War”, Liu argues that “The free world led by the US fought almost all regimes that trampled on human rights … The major wars that the US became involved in are all ethically defensible.” He has defended U.S. policies in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, which he thinks is the fault of the “provocateur” Palestinians.[21]

    Liu also published a 2004 article in support of Bush’s war on Iraq, titled “Victory to the Anglo-American Freedom Alliance”, in which he praised the U.S. led post-cold-war wars as “best examples of how war should be conducted in a modern civilization.” and predicted “a free, democratic and peaceful Iraq will emerge.”[22] During the 2004 US presidential election, Liu again praised Bush for his war effort against Iraq and condemned Democratic party candidate John Kerry for not sufficiently supporting the US’s wars.[23]

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