Famous Chinese Activists

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 1 Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beijing
Named Art Review’s most powerful artist in 2011, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has become a symbol of resilience against the authoritarian Chinese government. Jailed and banned from leaving the country once, he is known for using various media, such as sculpture, photos, and documentaries, to reflect Chinese human-rights abuses.

 2 Li Wenliang

Li Wenliang
Famous As: Ophthalmologist
Birthdate: October 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beizhen, Jinzhou, China
Died: February 17, 2020

 3 Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo
Famous As: Chinese Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: December 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Changchun, China
Died: July 13, 2017

Liu Xiaobo was a Chinese activist, literary critic, and philosopher. He is best remembered for organizing campaigns that aimed at ending the one-party rule in China. He was honored with the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his struggle for human rights in China. Liu is the first Chinese citizen to be honored with a Nobel Prize while residing in China.

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 4 Joshua Wong

Joshua Wong
Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: October 13, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hong Kong

Joshua Wong is a Hong Kong politician and activist who achieved popularity after playing an important role in the Umbrella Movement, which was part of the 2014 Hong Kong protests, for which he was included in Time magazine's list of Most Influential Teens of 2014. In 2015, he was named by Fortune magazine as one of the world's greatest leaders.  

 5 Wang Dan

Wang Dan
Famous As: human rights activist
Birthdate: February 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beijing

 6 Harry Wu

Harry Wu
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: February 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: April 26, 2016

 7 Fang Lizhi

Fang Lizhi
Famous As: Astrophysicist
Birthdate: February 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: April 6, 2012
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 8 Taixu

Famous As: Modernist
Birthdate: January 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haining, Jiaxing, China
Died: March 17, 1947

 9 Hu Jia

Hu Jia
Famous As: Environmentalist
Birthdate: July 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beijing

 10 Liang Congjie

Liang Congjie
Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: August 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: October 28, 2010

 11 Jiang Kanghu

Jiang Kanghu
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 18, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shangjao, China
Died: December 7, 1954

Jiang Kanghu is remembered for reviving the Chinese Socialist Party and the rebranding it as the Social Democratic Party. Later, when it was revealed that he had been trying to restore the Qing dynasty, he moved to Canada and focused on Confucianism. He was later arrested, and died in prison.

 12 Molly Yard

Molly Yard
Famous As: Social Activist
Birthdate: July 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: September 21, 2005

 13 Paul Chan

Paul Chan
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hong Kong, China