Taiwan author Chen Yingzhen dies in Beijing

Leftist intellectual spent time at Green Island prison

Taiwan News
Date: 2016/11/22
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Leftist intellectual and former political prisoner Chen Yingzhen died in Beijing

(By Central News Agency)

(By Central News Agency)

Tuesday at the age of 79, reports said.

Chen was born in Hsinchu in 1937 and was noted as the founder of a magazine titled “Ren Jian” or “Among the People.”

Launched in 1985, the publication paid attention to political oppression under the Kuomintang’s Martial Law and painted a sympathetic picture of the working class during the island’s industrialization.

From 1968, Chen had already served seven years in prison on Green Island off Taitung County on suspicion of communist sympathies. He wrote a series of novels, including “My Brother Kang-hsiung” and “The Noodle Stand,” centering on laborers, farmers and common people exploited by the authorities and by capitalism. Thanks to protest by prominent activists and writers, a second detention in 1979 only lasted a few hours.    [FULL  STORY]

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