Wei Jingsheng

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Wei Jingsheng (Chinese: 魏京生; pinyin: Wèi Jīngshēng; born 20 May 1950, Beijing) is a Chinese human rights activist who is best known for his involvement in the Chinese democracy movement. He is most prominent for having authored the essay "The Fifth Modernization", which was posted on the Democracy Wall in Beijing in 1978. As punishment for writing his manifesto, Wei was arrested and convicted of "counter-revolutionary" activities, and he was detained as a political prisoner from 1979–93. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wei Jingsheng has received more than 245,251 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. Wei Jingsheng is the 342nd most popular social activist (down from 296th in 2019), the 701st most popular biography from China (down from 610th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Chinese Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Wei Jingsheng ranks 342 out of 544Before him are Anatoly Marchenko, Hector Hodler, Huey P. Newton, William Luther Pierce, Hannie Schaft, and Louise Bryant. After him are Aruna Asaf Ali, Sergei Petrovich Trubetskoy, Cesar Chavez, Ahmed Lutfi el-Sayed, Malala Yousafzai, and Eugene V. Debs.

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Among people born in 1950, Wei Jingsheng ranks 244Before him are Phillip Noyce, Amy Madigan, Joey Kramer, John Terry, Miguel Ángel Brindisi, and Richard Berry. After him are Pasteur Bizimungu, Carlos Caszely, John Diehl, Jurica Jerković, Arthur D. Levinson, and Ángel María Villar.

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In China

Among people born in China, Wei Jingsheng ranks 701 out of 1,186Before him are Lang Lang (1982), Lei Jun (1969), Li Yuanchao (1950), Sanmao (1943), Xu Caihou (1943), and Mervyn Peake (1911). After him are Li Zhaoxing (1940), Huang Hua (1913), Qian Qichen (1928), Lisa Lu (1927), Toshiko Akiyoshi (1929), and Zhuang Zedong (1940).


Among social activists born in China, Wei Jingsheng ranks 9Before him are Meng Huo (101), Chen Sheng (-250), Li Hongzhi (1951), Zhang Guotao (1897), Chen Qimei (1878), and Harry Wu (1937). After him are Wu'erkaixi (1968), Wang Dan (1969), Hu Jia (1973), Chen Guangcheng (1971), Ni Yulan (1960), and Nathan Law (1993).