In My Words — a poem by Xu Zhangrun

In the Xu Zhangrun Archive   The legal scholar Xu Zhangrun is a prominent specialist in constitutional jurisprudence. He was formerly a professor in the Faculty of Law at Tsinghua University, Director of the Centre for Research on the Rule of Law and Human Rights at that institution, editor-in-chief of the series Tsinghua Law Studies and special fellow at the Unirule Institute of Economics 天則經濟研究所.… Read

Geng Xiaonan, a ‘Chinese Decembrist’, and Professor Xu Zhangrun

Viral Alarm   The 9th of September 2020 marked the forty-fourth year since the death of Mao Zedong. On the 10th of September, Professor Xu Zhangrun, formerly of Tsinghua University, issued the following statement: Geng Xiaonan 耿瀟男 had been in the international news since early July when, following the detention of Xu Zhangrun by police in Beijing, she had spoken out in his defense.… Read

Professor Xu Zhangrun’s Letter to the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University

Viral Alarm & the Xu Zhangrun Archive   Professor Xu Zhangrun 許章潤 wrote the following letter of thanks to the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University in acknowledgement of his appointment as an Associate in Research in that centre for the year 2020-2021, finalised in mid August 2020.… Read

Xu Zhangrun’s Fears & Hopes, July 2018-July 2020

Viral Alarm   On 26 July 2018, Xu Zhangrun (許章潤, 1962-), a well-known professor of law at Tsinghua University published an essay titled ‘Imminent Fears, Immediate Hopes’ 我們當下的恐懼與期待. Written in a succinct and powerful form of literary Chinese, Xu’s jeremiad analysed the authoritarian revanchism of what the Chinese media were hailing as the New Epoch of Xi Jinping Thought.… Read

Responding to a Gesture of Support — Xu Zhangrun

Xu Zhangrun vs. Tsinghua University    On 19 July 2020, Xu Zhangrun, the professor of law cashiered by Tsinghua University, released an open letter addressed to independent-minded graduates of Tsinghua University and members of the Tsinghua community led by Yan Huai 閻淮 and Sun Nutao 孫怒濤 who had responded to a call for monetary donations to support the now-unemployed former professor.… Read

Xu Zhangrun & China’s Former People

Xu Zhangrun vs. Tsinghua University   Former People, Бывшие люди (Byvshiye lyudi), is the title of a novella by Maxim Gorky published in 1897. Known in English translation as Creatures That Once Were Men, Gorky’s story would inspire the Bolsheviks to employ the term ‘Former People’ when speaking about survivors of the defunct ancien regime.… Read

Remonstrating with Beijing — Xu Zhangrun’s Advice to China’s National People’s Congress, 21 May 2020

Viral Alarm   The following excerpt is taken from Professor Xu Zhangrun’s analysis of China’s coronavirus predicament titled: ‘China, a Lone Ship of State on the Vast Ocean of Global Civilisation —
the coronavirus pandemic and the political and civilisational prospects for the world system’ 世界文明大洋上的中國孤舟——
全球體系背景下新冠疫情的政治觀與文明論 The full version of Xu Zhangrun’s essay appeared on Mainland China, in Hong Kong and here, in China Heritage, on the morning of Thursday 21 May 2020, the day before the long-delayed third session of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress (NPC) and the third session of the Thirteenth National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) were to be convened in Beijing.… Read

Xu Zhangrun, ‘Viral Alarm — When Fury Overcomes Fear’ (Revised Translation)

In July 2018, the Tsinghua University professor Xu Zhangrun published an unsparing critique of the Chinese Communist Party and its Chairman of Everything, Xi Jinping. In it Xu warned of the dangers of one-man rule, the threats posed by an increasingly sycophantic bureaucracy and putting politics ahead of professionalism, as well as the myriad of other problems that the system would encounter if it resisted further substantive economic and political reforms and instead continued along its present path.… Read

The Incompatibilities of Xu Zhangrun

Xu Zhangrun vs. Tsinghua University
Voices of Protest & Resistance (XVII)   In this season of anniversaries, and as the ‘May Fourth Spirit’ of patriotism, democracy, science and student activism is claimed by Communists and independents alike, we would encourage readers to consider Homo Xinensis — ‘Xi Jinping-era Humankind’ — the most recent version of the ‘New Socialist Person’ that has been inculcated by the Communist Party since the late 1930s.… Read

Introducing ‘The Xu Zhangrun Archive’

  Xu Zhangrun (許章潤, 1962-) is a professor of law at Tsinghua University in Beijing. In a series of major essays published from early 2016 to early 2019, Professor Xu questioned at length, and in detail, the political, economic and cultural trajectory of the People’s Republic of China under Xi Jinping, the leader of the nation’s party-state-army.… Read

Xu Zhangrun 許章潤 Archive

  Xu Zhangrun (許章潤, 1962-) was, until July 2020, a celebrated professor of law at Tsinghua University in Beijing. In a series of major essays published from early 2016 to early 2019, Professor Xu questioned at length, and in detail, the political, economic and cultural trajectory of the People’s Republic of China under Xi Jinping, the leader of the nation’s party-state-army.… Read

Eileen Gu — Hu Xijin on Skis

Xi Jinping’s Empire of Tedium, Appendix VI 直   Until being detained in early 2020, the lawyer Chen Qiushi (陳秋實, 1985-) was a popular citizen-journalist known both for his short videos and on-the-ground reports first from Hong Kong during the 2019 Uprising and later in Wuhan during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic where he attempted to report on the ‘Wuhan Flu’ 武汉肺炎 (武肺) — later known as ‘Corona Virus’ 新冠病毒 or Covid-19 — in February 2020.… Read