Perry Link

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Perry Link
Born1944 (age 79–80)
Alma materHarvard University
Scientific career
ThesisThe rise of modern popular fiction in Shanghai (1976)
Chinese name

Eugene Perry Link, Jr. (Chinese: 林培瑞; pinyin: Lín Péiruì; born 1944) is Chancellorial Chair Professor for Innovative Teaching Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages in College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside and Emeritus Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. He specializes in modern Chinese literature and Chinese language. Link is a Harvard University alumnus who received his B.A. in 1966 and his Ph.D. in 1976. Link has been a Board Member of the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong (CFHK) since 2021. CFHK is a US-based non-profit organisation, which presses for the preservation of freedom, democracy, and international law in Hong Kong.[1]

Tiananmen Square[edit]

Link helped Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi and Fang's wife obtain refuge at the U.S. Embassy following the crackdown on the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.[2] Fang remained at the embassy for a year until negotiations resulted in Fang's being allowed to leave and settle in the U.S.[2]

Link has translated many Chinese stories, writings and poems into English. Along with Andrew J. Nathan, he translated the Tiananmen Papers, which detailed the governmental response to the 1989 democracy protests. In 1996, China blacklisted Link, and he has been denied entrance ever since. In 2001, Link was detained and questioned upon arriving in Hong Kong because of his involvement in the Tiananmen Papers. After roughly one hour, he was allowed to enter Hong Kong, where he spoke at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club. He has been banned from the People's Republic of China since, however.[3]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Banyang suibi 半洋隨筆 (Notes of a Semi-Foreigner; in Chinese) (Taipei: Sanminchubanshe, 1999).



  1. ^ "Our Leadership".
  2. ^ a b Lampton, David M. (2024). Living U.S.-China Relations: From Cold War to Cold War. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 148. ISBN 978-1-5381-8725-8.
  3. ^ See Steven W. Mosher, Bully of Asia: Why 'China's Dream' is the New Threat to World Order (Regnery, 2017), p. 274
  4. ^ ISBN 9781627794992.

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