Hi, I am the editor in chief as well as a publisher. I am representing the authors of 4-5 Forum (or April 5th Forum by meaning) as well as other independent authors. It's my mission and hope to help Chinese dissidents to officially publish their works so that the dissents can be heard by the world.
In terms of 4-5 forum, the periodical, my team have run this magazine for quite a few years and produced quite some issues. We love the work as the editors of 4-5 Forum. 4-5 Forum is a magazine of political and legal studies in contexts of China. The magazine originated as the first non-governmental funded magazine during the Chinese Democracy Wall era, dedicated to the cause of democracy and constitutionalsim back in year 1978. The electronic release of the magazine in a small community has been tried out for about a year. Now it's time to publish through self publishing platforms to reach a wider public.
4-5 Forum today focuses on theoretical research in rights, democracy and institutions. It has a group of selected authors with expertise in their respective areas. But unfortunately, we can't introduce who they are due to security reasons.
What do your fans mean to you?
I highly value my fans. They are the strongest inspiration of my creative work by far. I also expect interactions with my fans in issues that 4-5 forum is concerned.
How do you approach cover design?
At this stage, I use the design of my own team. I probably use third party cover design when our publications are well received by a larger audience. Just for your information, our first issue, which is to be published on April Fifth, will include the scanned copy of the covers back at that time.
This is the second edition of the previously published book entitled "Changes of Tiananmen _ The History of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests" by the same author. The first edition was completed in 1994 and published in 1996. This edition has updated the contents of the book with the past 20 some years' disclosed materials, personal interviews and researches
Published: March 15, 2016 by
Ge Yang 戈阳.
Essay » Literature
Yu Qiangsheng, whose information helped the United States arrest Larry Wu-tai Chin as CCP's spy for more than forty years in 1985, also disclosed French diplomat Bernard Boursicot's identity as a spy for CCP. Yu Qiangsheng's escape has been a hot issue in both the U.S. and China, among the official and civic communities alike. Yet his experience before the escape is rarely known to the public.
This is a periodical that started from The Democratic Wall era back in 1978. It's the first non-governmental funded media founded by Mr. Xu Wenli, who was sentenced to 15 years' term in priso because of his "illegal" publication.
The photo attached is the scanned copy of a special issue, issue No.14, published on Nov. 26, 1979, to celebrate its one year anniversary.
Hear dissents here about China from 4-5 Forum. This issue will focus on the impact of current regime on the individual's freedom with comments on some elites' opinions towards the leader of China, Mr. Xi Jinping.
This issue focuses on the impact of ideologies that have been well received by absolute majorities in China on the individuals in terms of individuals' mentalities and rights, including patriotism, nationalism and collectivism.
4-5 Forum was the 1st non-governmental periodical in Democracy Wall era. Mr. Xu Wenli, the founder, literally physically self-published 17 issues from 1978 to 1980, for which he was sentenced 15 years. We'll enclose the photo of the cover of the 1st issue.