Bei Ling

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Bei Ling
Born (1959-12-28) December 28, 1959 (age 64)
Alma materCapital University of Economics and Business, Brown University
Literary movementIndependent Chinese PEN Center

Bei Ling (Chinese: 貝嶺) (born December 28, 1959, in Beijing) is a Chinese poet, and journal editor.[1][2] He is usually associated with the Chinese misty poets.[3]


He came to the United States as an exchange student, he was a fellow at Brown University.[4] After the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, in 1992, he founded the literary journal 傾向 (Tendency).[5]

In 2000, he opened an office in Beijing.

He launched a literary magazine named Tendency in 1993 as a platform for young underground writers' talents.[6] On August 13, 2000, he was detained for 14 days at the Qinghe Detention Center, and charged with "illegal publication." After an international protest, he was fined $24,000, and deported.[7]

He lives in Boston, and New York City. He founded the Independent Chinese PEN Center together with Liu Xiaobo[8] and later became its president [9]

In 2009, he sought dialogue with Chinese officials at the Frankfurt Book Fair.[10] In 2010, he wrote about Liu Xiaobo in The Wall Street Journal.[11] In 2011, he organized a letter in support of Ai Weiwei.[12] In 2016, he was prominent in the campaign to preserve freedom of expression in Hong Kong after the Causeway Bay Books disappearances, one of whom was Gui Minhai, his friend since the 1980s.[6]


  • 主題與變奏, 貝嶺, 黎明文化事業股份有限公司, 1994, ISBN 978-957-16-0334-6
  • 政治, 再见, Havel, Vaclav 哈维尔, 貝嶺, 林宗憲, 左岸文化: 傾向出版社出版, 2003, ISBN 978-986-7854-26-1
  • 半先知與賣文人: 哈維爾評論集, 貝嶺, 鄭純宜, 傾向出版社, 2004, ISBN 978-957-0329-87-2
  • 在土星的光環下 : 蘇珊·桑塔格紀念文選, 貝嶺, 傾向, 2007, ISBN 978-957-28408-6-3
  • Wandering in March
  • The Deceived

Works in English[edit]

  • Bei Ling selected poems, 貝嶺, Willis Barnstone, Denis Mair, 傾向出版社, 2006, ISBN 978-957-28408-3-2


  1. ^ "Home".
  2. ^ "Tough times for writers in China | Human Rights in China 中国人权". Archived from the original on 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  3. ^ "A Brief Guide to Misty Poets". Archived from the original on 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2013-09-25.
  4. ^ "Literary Arts". Brown University.
  5. ^ "Introduction: Bei Ling / Anastasios Kozaitis". Buffalo University.
  6. ^ a b "Dissident poet turns sleuth to uncover disappearance of bookseller friend Gui Minhai". South China Morning Post. 6 March 2016.
  7. ^ Ling
  8. ^ Change, China (2017-07-09). "Liu Xiaobo: The founder of China's political opposition movement". Hong Kong Free Press HKFP. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  9. ^ "Bei Ling".
  10. ^,,4810775,00.html [dead link]
  11. ^ Bei Ling (19 October 2010). "My Old Friend Liu Xiaobo". The Wall Street Journal.
  12. ^ "欧洲作家致温家宝联署签名信 吁请释放艾未未". aboluowang. 15 April 2011.

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