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Colors of VeracityA Quest for Truth in China and Beyond$
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Vera Schwarcz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838737

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838737.001.0001

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No Auditors in the Courtroom of History

No Auditors in the Courtroom of History

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(p.88) Chapter 5 No Auditors in the Courtroom of History
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Colors of Veracity
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Vera Schwarcz

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838737.003.0006

Writers who choose to bear witness to historical memory have paid a high price for their acts of conscience. Alexandr Solzhenitsyn set the bar high with his 1970 Nobel Prize essay. Chinese journalist Liu Binyan, followed this called in his book “Two Kinds of Truth” asserting the importance of listening to what is left unsaid under totalitarian regimes. They refuse to drink what party critics called “wolf’s milk.” Liu Binyan’s courageous writings inspired the next generation of truth seekers including jailed Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and poet Shi Tao—both of which refuse to forget the tragedy of June 4th, 1989.

Keywords:   June 4th, Liu Binyan, Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Prize, Liu Xiaobo, Zhang Yihe, wolf’s milk

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