Li Chengpeng

LI CHENGPENG (1968) is a gutsy and provocative writer who regularly challenges authority. Working as a sports commentator in the 1990s, Li investigated corruption, culminating in the book Chinese Football: The Inside Story that brought down the wrath of angry trainers, “patriotic readers” and government censors. 

The 2008 Sichuan earthquake was a turning point in his career. Li moved from sports reporting to politics and society. One of China’s most prominent bloggers, he had over 7m followers on Weibo (Chinese twitter) before his accounts were suspended. In 2011 Li stood for public office in Chengdu as an independent candidate. Although his election campaign was never allowed to get under way, Li gained new credibility as a man who backs up his words with actions. Li is a regular guest speaker at international conferences and recently completed a Harvard University Fellowship at the Ash Centre for Democratic Governance.

The Holocaust, the Rebirth and the Nakba


Everybody in the World Knows

Winner BOB Award for Best Blogger, Deutsche Welle 2013
China unveiled. A massive bestseller in China (now banned) by a former sports journalist turned blogger and social critic.


Li Chengpeng has stirred up a storm in China with his collection of sharp essays on China’s social and political ills. During his book tour he was mobbed by his fans, physically attacked by his enemies and, eventually, silenced by the Chinese authorities.

Everybody in the World Knows calls on Chinese people to live freely and with dignity. It became an instant bestseller (700K copies sold in 8 months and subsequently banned) and shows that in an age short of heroes, the Chinese love to hear someone who dares to speak truth to power.

Telling the truth is not always easy in China. Li constantly works on the margins of the allowed and the forbidden and pushes the boundaries of censorship. 

Based on his blog, the book comprises 63 essays. In a powerful, penetrating yet humorous voice, Li tackles topics as diverse as the suicide wave at Foxconn, forced demolitions, the Sichuan earthquake, freedom of speech, the Olympics, patriotism, brainwashing, corruption, poor construction standards, education rights, food safety and pollution. The original essays about the right to free elections were censored. 


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