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Bei Dao

Bei DaoAKA Zhao Zhengkai

Born: 2-Aug-1949
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Asian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Poet

Nationality: China
Executive summary: Exiled Chinese poet of the Misty School

Founded China's first independent literary journal Jintian ("Today") in 1978, as the main mouthpiece of the Misty poets. The journal was banned in 1980. Following the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, the Chinese government alleged that Dao's poetry had influenced the student protesters and consequently forced him into exile.

His pseudonym means "Northern Island".

Wife: Shao Fei (1 daughter)
Daughter: Tiantian

    Scholar: University of California at Davis (1995-97)
    Professor: Poet-in-Residence, Benoit College (2000-01)

    Exiled from China, 1989

Author of books:
Taiyang cheng zhaji (1978)
Huida (1979)
Notes From the City of the Sun (1983, poetry, trans.)
Waves (1987, short stories, trans.)
The August Sleepwalker (1990, poetry, trans.)
Old Snow (1991, poetry, trans.)
Forms of Distance (1994, poetry, trans.)
Landscape Over Zero (1995, poetry, trans.)
At the Sky's Edge: Poems 1991-1996 (1996, poetry anthology, trans.)
Unlock (2000, poetry, trans.)
Blue House (2000, essays)

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