Bei Ling, a poet and essayist, is a founder and editor of Qing Xiang, an exile literary journal founded in 1993, now based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and published in Chinese. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, an organization of Chinese writers and intellectuals dedicated to the freedom of expression.
 (October 2009)


Shut Up in China

Bei Ling at the Sydney Writers' Festival, May 30, 2007
In connection with the Frankfurt Book Fair, an international symposium, “China and the World—Perception and Reality,” was held in Frankfurt on September 12 and 13. Under pressure from China, which is guest of honor at the Book Fair, the organizers rescinded invitations to the Chinese poet and editor Bei Ling …