Sunday, January 21, 2007
There has been quite a bit of public controversy over the ban on eight books announced several days ago by Wu Shulin, deputy director of the General Administration of Press and Publications, at a meeting of propaganda and publications officials (South China Morning Post story here). One of the banned writers, Zhang Yihe (章诒和, sometimes miswritten 章怡和), then circulated a statement protesting the ban [English | Chinese]. (The graphic shows one of her banned books, Past Stories of Peking Opera Stars.) Now several other public intellectuals have joined in the condemnation, including lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强), who voices his support for the statements of Sha Yexin (沙叶新) [Chinese | English] and Chen Xiaoya (陈小雅) [Chinese | English].