Xu Youyu

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Xu.

Xu Youyu (simplified Chinese: 徐友渔; traditional Chinese: 徐友漁; pinyin: Xú Yǒuyú; Wade–Giles: Hsü Yuyü, born 1947), is a Chinese scholar in philosophy, public intellectual and proponent of Chinese liberalism.

Xu was a teenage Red Guard at the time of the Chinese Cultural Revolution,[1] a witness to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.[2] He now works for the Institute of Philosophy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as a research fellow,[3] and is an expert on western social theories including Marxism and the Frankfurt School.[citation needed] He is particularly noted as a historian of the Cultural Revolution.[citation needed]

Charter 08[edit]

Main article: Charter 08

Xu is one of the signatories of the Charter 08, a manifesto to promote political reform and democratization in China.[3]


2014: Xu Youyu was conferred with the prestigious Sweden's Human rights Olof Palme Prize. [4]


  1. ^ "Mao's lust for power cooked up catastrophe". AFP. 2006-05-18. p. 9. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  2. ^ MacLeod, Calum (2009-06-04). "Remembering the Tiananmen Square Massacre". USA Today. 
  3. ^ a b Stanway, David (2009-01-04). "Beijing strikes at dissidents". Guardian. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  4. ^ "China pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu awarded Swedish rights prize","Daily Mail" , 19 December 2014.


  • Xu Youyu (1999). Xingxing sese de zaofan – hongweibing jingshen suzhi de xingcheng ji yanbian (Rebels of All Stripes: A Study of Red Guard Mentalities). Hong Kong: Chinese University Press.