Graduation Date

Fall 12-15-2017

Grading Professor

Prue Clarke

Subject Concentration


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


This capstone explores the overseas Chinese democracy movement in the United States. English-language coverage about the movement has been limited, and little systemic coverage exists. However, the exile movement is fundamental to understanding how China’s most prominent political opposition is faring as China became the second largest world economy. It will also detail human drama and infighting in this exile community. I interviewed more than a dozen U.S.-based political exiles, journalists and experts, in both Chinese and English.

Link to my capstone project:

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The Norwegian Nobel Committee left an empty chair for Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel Peace laureate. Liu was arrested in December 2008 and sentenced to 11 years in prison a year later for "inciting subversion of state power." (Marta B. Haga/MFA, Oslo)

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Hu Ping in his backyard in Rego Park, Queens. (Han Chen)

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President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping meeting at a G-20 meeting in Germany in July 2017. Their countries’ economies are now the top two in the world and have tremendous trade ties with one another. (Shealah Craighead/The White House)

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Dr. Chen Jie (Courtesy of the University of Western Australia)

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John Kusumi founded China Support Network in 1989 after the Tiananmen crackdown. (Courtesy of John Kusumi)

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Zhou Fengsuo in July at a sea memorial in San Francisco for Liu Xiaobo in recognition that his ashes were scattered at sea. (Courtesy of Zhou Fengsuo)

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Yi Sulaiman Gu, a Ph.D. student in chemistry at the University of Georgia. (Courtesy of Yi Sulaiman Gu)

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Tang Baiqiao at Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York in 2010. (Courtesy of Tang Baiqiao)

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Rose Tang at Carroll Park in Brooklyn. (Han Chen)

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Xia Ming at a study room in CUNY Graduate Center. (Han Chen)

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Lu Jinghua at her home in Elmhurst, Queens. (Han Chen)

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Yang Jianli of Initiatives for China. (Courtesy of Yang Jianli)

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Andrew Nathan, an expert on Chinese politics at Columbia University. (Courtesy of Columbia University)

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Xu Wenli at his home in New Haven, Connecticut.. (Courtesy of Xu Wenli)



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