My name is Zang Xihong, but most people know me by my pen-name, Sheng Xue. I grew up in Beijing, and moved to Canada soon after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. An event which traumatized me but also was the moment that shaped my life to become an activist for freedom and human rights. I am a member of PEN Canada, and also of The Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC), both of which belong to International PEN. In addition I am a member of the Writers in Prison Committee of ICPC. Another area of my work is as the Canadian correspondent of Radio Free Asia and the North American correspondent of Deutsche Welle (Voice of Germany). I also regularly write columns for various media outlets. I know, its sounds very serious and challenging, right? Well sure but there’s a whole other dimension to my life, a passion and range of interests I am really happy to share and discuss. That’s why I am so excited to have launched this site:)