Independent scholar Wang Kang’s memorial collection published in U.S. on first anniversary of his death

On the first anniversary of the death of Chinese independent scholar Wang Kang in the United States, “Wang Kang Memorial Essays” was published and distributed in the United States by Bouden House in New York.

May 27th of this year marked the first anniversary of the death of Wang Kang, an independent Chinese scholar living in the United States. On the same day, a book titled Wang Kang Memorial Essays, which includes contributions from dozens of people and groups from all walks of life, was published by Bouden House in New York.

Zheng Yi, editor-in-chief of Wang Kang Memorial Essays and an American writer now living in Virginia, told reporters that the compilation of the book expressed the editor’s remembrance of Wang Kang. He described the significance of the book: “In the process of collecting and organizing, mourning, commemorating and recalling Wang Kang’s articles, we also discovered a lot of Wang Kang’s past that we didn’t know much about in the past, or didn’t know much about.”

Born in Chongqing in 1949, Wang Kang was the nephew of Tang Junyi, a representative of the Neo-Confucian school of thought, who joined the pro-democracy movement in the 1980s and spent many years in exile for his support of the 1989 academic movement. 1994 saw the establishment of Chongqing Accompanying Capital Culture Co. In 2015, despite opposition from the Chinese authorities, the painting was exhibited in the United States, but Wang Kang was unable to return to China and settled in the U.S. On May 27, 2020, he died at his residence in Virginia. “On May 27, 2020, he died at the age of 70 at his residence in Virginia.

Zheng Yi said that because Wang Kang left few articles during his lifetime, and Wang Kang did not organize and collect his numerous speeches during his lifetime, “in this way, this book becomes a very accurate recollection from Wang Kang’s youth, middle age, later years, and finally until his death of an eyewitness, the closest friends.”

Wang Kang Memorial Essays is edited by Zheng Yi, with Beiming and Yiping as editors. The book is divided into four series: “Notice of Tribute,” “Commemorative Commentary,” “Memories of Life,” and “Elegies and Elegies. A total of 87 contributions are included. According to the introduction of the book’s preface, the authors of these contributions include many social organizations and people from all walks of life, including Wang Kang’s former “classmates, students, friends, colleagues,” as well as many authors who did not know Wang Kang, but were merely “readers of his words, listeners of his speeches, and witnesses of his actions. He is only a “reader of his words, a listener of his speeches, and a witness of his actions”.

The book’s editor, Yiping, an American poet who lives in Ithaca, New York, USA, told reporters about the compilation process: “After Wang Kang’s death, we began to prepare for it, and we kept collecting articles on the Internet that were suitable for his memory. In addition, some of his past friends and people who worked with him in the past were also approached and some manuscripts were asked for.”

Ippei added: “All these manuscripts are in his memory, and (we) selected from these (manuscripts). Before publication, it took almost a year one after another, including editing, finding a publisher, typesetting and proofreading.”

In addition to the paper book, the electronic version of the Wang Kang Memorial Collection is also available for free download on the Wang Kang Memorial Museum website. It’s a non-profit, a non-sale item,” Yiping said. We also printed a part of it at our own expense to commemorate Wang Kang and to give it to his collaborators, family and friends.”