Xiong Yan (dissident)

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Xiong Yan
Xiong image taken by Voice of America
Native name 熊焱
Born (1964-09-01) 1 September 1964 (age 50)
China Beijing, People's Republic of China
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1994[1][2]-Present
Rank US military captain's rank.gif Captain
Unit Warrant Officer Career College, Fort Rucker
1st Cavalry Division
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
Other work Student Protest leader

Xiong Yan (熊焱) is a Chinese dissident who served as a chaplain in U.S. Army in Iraq.[3] Currently, he serves as a U.S. Army chaplain at the Warrant Officer Career College at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He joined the Chinese Communist Party in 1985 and formally withdrew his membership from the CCP on June 4, 1989 after the Tiananmen Square Massacre. He was a student leader during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. He was detained for 19 months in a Laogai(勞動改造), for his pro-democratic activities and fled China in 1992 to United States, where he studied theology in Boston.[4] He went on to join the US Army.[5] In 2005 he announced again in The Epoch Times that he withdrew his membership of the Chinese Communist Party.[6] He is still active in overseas China democracy movement.[7]

In 2009, he made a trip to Hong Kong to attend a candlelight vigils on the June 4 anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown. This was the first time for him, in 17 years to return to China since 1992.[8]

Xiong Yan studied at Beijing University Law School from 1986-1989. He came to the United States of America as a political refugee in 1992. Xiong Yan was awarded his Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary May 2009.

Xiong Yan is the author of two books. The first "From Tian An Men Square to Iraq" was published in Hong Kong in 2009. The second is a book of poetry published in 2010 titled "Being and Joy".


  1. ^ Simon Beck (8 January 1995). "Concern grows over secret ban ; Rights chief puts exiles on agenda". South China Morning Post. 
  2. ^ C. Todd Lopez (4 June 2010). "Chaplain remembers Tiananmen Square on anniversary". Army News Service (United States Army). Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Where Are Some of the “Most Wanted” Participants Today? Human Rights Watch
  4. ^ Tiananmen's Most Wanted-Where Are They Now? Human Rights in China
  5. ^ South China Morning Post, 1995, quoted in FreeChina.net
  6. ^ Reverend Xiong Yan Withdraws from CCP Epoch Times
  7. ^ New York Democracy Activists Commemorate Anniversary of June 4th Incident Voice of America
  8. ^ One of Tiananmen's most wanted returns to China CNN

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