Since last September when the Laogai Research Foundation established the Research Fellowship Grant to promote and support research focusing on human rights abuse in China, it has received a great number of applications from scholars and human right activists worldwide. After careful review and close consultation with outside experts, the Foundation’s Board of Directors has created a finalists list of nearly ten applicants. The average amount for each Fellowship recipient this year is close to USD10,000.
The selected projects of the Fellowship Grant are well balanced in both historical and contemporary coverage of related research areas. In the historical area, for instance, there is a project on the victims of the 1957 Anti-Rightist Campaign by Mr. Lin Wenxiu (Hong Kong), a research project on the Land Reform Campaign by Professor Tan Song (USA), as well as an archival project on the June Fourth Movement by Mr. Sun Liyong (Australia). In the area of research on the current human rights abuse in China, the Fellowship recipients include Dr. Teng Biao (USA), a former rights defense lawyer in China, for his research on Chinese authorities’ persecution methods against political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in China as well as Mr. Chen Chuangchuang (USA) for his project on “online political prisoners” in China. Those awarded projects represent a variety of formats, including books, reports, films, and websites.
We wish all grantees great success in accomplishing their research projects.
Laogai Research Foundation
January 5 2019