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Yan Jiaqi (simplified Chinese: 严家其; traditional Chinese: 嚴家其; pinyin: Yán Jiāqí; born December 25, 1942) is a Chinese political scientist and dissident.[1][2]

Yan Jiaqi
Yan Jiaqi.
Native name
Born (1942-12-25) December 25, 1942 (age 76)
ResidenceUnited States
EducationUniversity of Science and Technology of China
OccupationPolitical scientist, dissident
Years active1985 - present
OrganizationChinese Academy of Social Sciences
Notable work
Turbulent Decade
Political partyFederation for a Democratic China
MovementCultural Revolution
Tiananmen Square protests of 1989
Spouse(s)Gao Gao (高皋)


Yan was born on 25 December 1942 in Wujin District, Changzhou, Jiangsu, during the Chinese Civil War. In 1959, he entered the University of Science and Technology of China, and then became the director of the Institute of Political Research of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, where he published several essays and papers on political reform. In 1986, he published a "theory of leadership". His most famous book, written in collaboration with his wife Gao Gao, was Turbulent Decade: A History of the Cultural Revolution.

He became a political advisor of Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang during the 1980s, and was one of the leading intellectuals supporting the student movement in 1989. After the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989,[3] he fled to Paris, France, where he participated in forming the Federation for a Democratic China and was elected the federation's first president.[4] He was expelled from the Communist Party of China in 1991, while in exile.

He is a member of the Chinese Constitutional Reform Association and has suggested the formation of a Federal Republic of China.


Books written in Chinese translated into English

  • Turbulent Decade Co-authored with Gao Gao, translated by D.W.Y. Kwok. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1996
  • Toward a Democratic China translated by David S. K. Hong and Denis C. Mair. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1992
  • Yan Jiaqi and China's Struggle For Democracy, translated by David Bachman and Dali L. Yang. M.E.Sharpe Inc. 1992


  1. ^ 我和朱厚泽的交往. (in Chinese). 15 May 2012.
  2. ^ 复旦大学宣传部长萧思健因病逝世 年仅48岁. Sohu (in Chinese). 8 May 2015. 萧思健在接受复旦校内的学生记者采访时曾经表示,在读本科的时候,对自己影响最为深远的老师是王沪宁,他28岁就成为当时中国最年轻的副教授,在当时的政治学界:北有严家其,南有王沪宁,他可以非常冷静去看待问题。
  3. ^ 关于制止动乱和平息反革命暴乱的情况报告. (in Chinese). 2015.
  4. ^ "海外民运"哪儿给钱多去哪 逢中必反遭华人唾弃. (in Chinese). 12 February 2015.

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