biographical notes of Dan Wang
In 1987, Wang Dan was admitted into Peking University. In school, Wang hosted the “Democracy Salon” regularly. In 1989, he participated and organised the 1989 democracy movement, and was one of the people who went on to the hunger strike. After the Tiananmen crackdown, Wang becomes the number one most wanted persons by the government. On July 2nd, he was arrested in Beijing and was jailed in the infamous Qincheng Prison. In 1991, Wang was sentenced four years for the crime “Instigating Anti-Revolutionary Propaganda”. After he was released in 1993, Wang continued his opposition movement in China. In 1995, Wang got arrested again. In 1996, he was sentenced 11 years for the crime “Conspiracy to overthrow the government”. In 1998, Wang was released by the government under international pressure and was exiled to the United States. He was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for three times and was awarded several other prizes. In 1998, he began to study at Harvard University, and he got a History PhD in 2008. From 2008 to 2009, Wang was a visiting scholar at the Oxford University. From 2009 to 2017, he was teaching at colleges in Taiwan, including National Tsinghua University. At the same time, he was the Chairman of the New School for Democracy, Chief Editor for the “Public Intellectuals”, “Beijing Spring”, the Chairman of Chinese Scholar Association, and committee member of the “Asia Reform and Democracy Alliance”. Wang published “Prison Memoir of Wang Dan”, “Fifteen Lessons of the History of the People’s Republic of China”, “June 4th Memo”, and other 20 books ranging from politics, history, to literature. He was awarded the World Chinese Literature Award once.