Current Situation and Development of Chinese Youth Activists

The development of civil society in China is important for Chinese democratization, and the Chinese youth activists play a crucial role. However, since the Chinese government began to progressively suppress political dissents and reinforce ideological control, these Chinese youth activists have faced increasing difficulties and challenges. How should we understand their difficulties? What are their next steps? What can be done?

Please join Dialogue China on June 20 for our monthly event to discuss the topic “Current Situation and development of Chinese Youth Activists” with Dr. Leta Hong Fincher, the author of the book Betraying Big brother: The Feminist Awakening in China, and Ms. Zhao Sile, who has been serving as a consultant and coordinator for the Chinese young activists’ community since 2015. We will discuss their findings and conclusions about the Chinese youth activist, and offer recommendations for steps that can be taken by the public and the civil society.

A light lunch will be served.


Andréa Worden, J.D., M.A., is a human rights advocate, translator, and consultant, whose work focuses primarily on human rights and rule of law issues in China.


Dr. Leta Hong Fincher is a scholar and journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Dissent, Ms., BBC, CNN, and other outlets. Leta’s second book, Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China (Verso), was named one of the best books of 2018 by Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Bitch Media, Foreign Policy Interrupted and Autostraddle. Her first book is the critically acclaimed Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China (Zed Books). She won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for her China reporting and was the first American to receive a Ph.D. from Tsinghua University’s Department of Sociology in Beijing. She also has a master’s degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Harvard University.

Zhao Sile has 7 years’ journalism experience focusing on China politics and social movements. She won two SOPA Awards, the highest honor for covering Asia, and six Hong Kong Human Rights Press Awards between 2011 and 2017. Her book of the history of activism in China after 1989, Her Battles, was selected as one of the Ten Best Chinese Books in 2017 by Yazhou Zhoukan (Asia Weekly). Sile has been serving as a consultant and coordinator for the Chinese young activists’ community since 2015. She was also a fellow scholar at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy from 2017 to 2018. Sile is now a graduate student studying Global Politics and Security at Georgetown University.


Date And Time

Thu, June 20, 2019

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM


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