China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges
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  • May 2008
  • 9781583228432

China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges

Minky Worden

With contributions from some of the most well-respected and experienced Chinese writers, journalists, and organizers, China's Great Leap examines the People's Republic of China today as its government and 1.3 billion people prepare for the 2008 Olympic Games. When Beijing first sought the Games, China was still recovering from the upheavals of Maoist rule and adapting to a market revolution. Today, China wants to engage with the outside world—while fully controlling the engagement. How will the new leaders in Beijing manage the Olympic process and the internal and external pressures for reform it creates? China's Great Leap will illuminate China's recent history and outline how domestic and international pressures in the context of the Olympics could achieve human rights change. Learn about key areas for human rights reform and how the Olympics could represent a possible great leap forward for the people of China and for the world.

Includes contributions from Joseph Amon, Bao Tong, Frank Ching, Jerome A. Cohen, Arvind Ganesan, R. Scott Greathead, Han Dongfang and Geoffrey Crothall, Sharon Hom, John Kamm, Phelim Kine, Jimmy Lai, Liu Xiaobo, Martin Lee, Christine Loh, Emily Parker, Kenneth Roth, Sophie Richardson, Mickey Spiegel, Wang Dan, and Dave Zirin.

About Minky Worden

As Director of Global Initiatives at Human Rights Watch, MINKY WORDEN develops and implements international outreach and advocacy campaigns. She previously served as Human Rights Watch's Media Director, monitoring crises, wars, human rights abuses, and political developments in more than ninety countries worldwide. From 1992–1998, Worden lived and worked in Hong Kong as an adviser to Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, speaks Cantonese and German, and is an elected member of the Overseas Press Club's Board of Governors. She is the editor of China's Great Leap (Seven Stories Press, 2008), The Unfinished Revolution (Seven Stories Press, 2012), and co-editor of Torture (The New Press, 2005).

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