4-5 Forum Issue  28

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About the author:
Hi, I am the editor in chief as well as a publisher. I am representing the authors of 4-5 Forum (or April 5th Forum by meaning) as well as other independent authors. It's my mission and hope to help Chinese dissidents to officially publish their works so that the dissents can be heard by the world.
In terms of 4-5 forum, the periodical, my team have run this magazine for quite a few years and produced quite some issues. We love the work as the editors of 4-5 Forum. 4-5 Forum is a magazine of political and legal studies in contexts of China. The magazine originated as the first non-governmental funded magazine during the Chinese Democracy Wall era, dedicated to the cause of democracy and constitutionalsim back in year 1978. The electronic release of the magazine in a small community has been tried out for about a year. Now it's time to publish through self publishing platforms to reach a wider public.
4-5 Forum today focuses on theoretical research in rights, democracy and institutions. It has a group of selected authors with expertise in their respective areas. But unfortunately, we can't introduce who they are due to security reasons

4-5 Forum Issue 28

Authored by Yang Ge
Edition: 1

"4-5 Forum" (or "April 5th Forum" by meaning was the first non-governmental funded periodical in Democracy Wall era. The first issue was published on Nov. 26, 1978. Mr. Xu Wenli, the founder of the magazine, literally physically self-published 17 issues of the periodical from 1978 to 1980 when it was forced closed by the government. Mr. Xu Wenli, the then editor-in-chief, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment as a result of running this magazine. Although all the members of this magazine editting group were unsalaried for their work, the team managed to maintain it a regularly released magazine. It was priced RMB0.30 at that time, which was really expensive considering ordinary workers lived on RMB17.00 monthly wages, Mr.. Xu Wenli had to take great effort to maintain the queues of readers trying to obtain a copy.

"4-5 Forum" specialized on theoretical research and review on constructing democratic institutions and constitutionalism, while scrutinizing current events from perspective of rule of law. The editing team take every effort to contribute genuine insights and interpretations to the theoretcial formation of democracy and constituionalism in Chinese current cultural and political contexts.

As a reward to our readers, the coming issue will enclose the photo of the cover of the first issue back on November 26, 1978.

Publication Date:
1530727286 / 9781530727285
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Political Science / Essays

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