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Vantage Point Restaurant - Rosslyn Holiday Inn

1900 N Fort Myer Dr, Arlington, VA
-- a short walk from Rosslyn Metro
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Kitty Wang to Speak at December 17 Rosslyn Rotary Meeting

 From Tiananmen to Falun Gong to Hong Kong

Kitty Wang is a journalist based in Washington, DC. She was born and raised in Beijing, China, and received her bachelor’s degree there. She came to the United States in 2000 to join an MBA program at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Over the last 17 years, she has mainly worked at two independent Chinese-American media outlets, The Epoch Times and New Tang Dynasty Television.

When the Tiananmen Square massacre happened in 1989 in Beijing, she was in middle school. It was a wake-up call for her and those of her generation who were able to know the truth of what happened that day.

In July 1999, when the former Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin began a brutal persecution of Falun Gong, a traditional Chinese spiritual practice, she worked at a company in China. She witnessed her fellow Falun Gong practitioners be arrested. They were then detained and tortured. Later on, she was also detained.

Fortunately, she was able to escape from China and came to study in the United States in 2000. Since then, she has been a voice for her friends who are oppressed, by raising people’s awareness to call for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong.

Over the last 6 months, she and her colleagues have worked together to cover the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and the U.S. government’s response to it.

In her talk, she will share her experiences in pursuing freedom—from her time as an ordinary Chinese girl, then as a political asylee, and now as a journalist.
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