Professor Xia Yeliang’s Dismissal Causes International Concerns
Recently, the phrase “something happening at Beijing
University” circulated on the Internet in Mainland China.
It turned out that more than a hundred faculty members
at a US college co-signed a letter to Beijing University asking them to keep Professor Xia Yeliang.
On September 9, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
mouthpiece Global Times posted an article claiming
that Xia failed to pass his teaching job evaluation
Xia pointed out that Hu Xijing, the editor-in-chief
at Global Times, openly spread this rumor.
Chen Tieyuan, senior media personel and senior overseas
venture consultant, revealed on his blog that the dismissal
of Prof. Xia may cause diplomatic disputes.
On September 3, 136 faculty members at Wellesley College
sent a joint letter to the president of Beijing University
warning that dismissing Xia will bring re-consideration
of the partnership between the two universities.
Wellesley College is a famous women’s liberal arts college,
and has trained many influential women leaders in the world,
such as Madame Chiang Kai-shek.
In early September, Wellesley College announced that
Beijing University will be its first “Women’s Global Partner."
Professor Xia Yeliang: “Well-known international universities
have this basic concept that freedom of thought and freedom
of expression exist in universities.
The joint letter showed that universities adhere
to this fundamental concept.
In addition, I have received many letters of support
from international universities or famous scholars."
On July 3, 2013, Professor Xia disclosed on his own blog
that Beijing University threatened to dismiss him because
someone reported him for publishing vicious attacks
of the CCP, socialism and ridiculing the China dream.
Many netizens support Professor Xia.
Famous Beijing scholar Wu Jiaxiang said that Beijing
University really needs to dismiss some professors, but definitely
not Prof. Xia.
Others suggest dismissing Sun Qingdong
and Zhang Yiwu instead.
On September 9, the Global Times published a review written
by “Dan Renping," saying that Xia’s blog attacked
the CCP’s political system.
According to “Renping," Xia’s blog showed that he was
a political extremist, and attacking the current system
was being anti-democratic, anti-rule of law
Xia Ye Liang: “How do you define what is extreme or not?
If some groups are very backwards, how can they judge
what is advanced and what is not?
Some netizens took these editorials as laughing matters.
They were full of holes, and people find them
Many netizens know that “Dan Renping" is actually
Hu Xijing, the Global Times’ chief editor.
The article also said that Prof. Xia’s ideas are opposite
of mainstream values.
Xia Ye Liang: “Are there differences between China’s
mainstream values and these of the world’s mainstream
If there are, which one will be the standard?
Official claims cannot turn anything into mainstream values.
How many people really agree with officials in their hearts?
Communism and socialism have been discussed for 14 years,
but among 1.4 billion Chinese, how many people agree
to carry out communism?"
The article also mentioned that according to Global Times,
universities have just resumed their school year and faculty
appoinments are still underway at Beijing University, as well
as that Xia did not pass his job evaluation last year.
Xia Ye-liang said that he had passed his job performance
evaluation and Hu’s statement was slander.
Xia will reserve the right to legal proceedings.
Xia Ye Liang: “It is hard to understand why
Beijing University would do something like this.
It is most likely coming from the top.
Nowadays, that is the CCP’s attitude towards intellects,
academics and freedom of thought."
Lin Zixu, political commentator, believes that we can
see from this that the CCP is very weak.
Lin Zixu: “As a university professor, Xia expressed
according to his conscience, and the CCP tries to suppress him.
However, Sun Qingdong talked nonsense, and the CCP
repeatedly supported him.
That is the misfortune of China."
XiaYeliang: “If Beijing University is afraid to speak up,
what kind of university will that be?
It has lost its soul, and the spirit of Beijing University
Historically, Beijing University was well known
for freedom of thought.
It was the center of China’s new culture movement
and many other modern political movements.
In modern times, it has become
a Chinese political barometer.