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AIDS Doctor Gao Yaojie awarded the 2014 annual “Liu Binyan Conscience Award” (video)

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On Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, Chinese doctor Gao Yaojie received the 2014 annual “Liu Binyan Conscience Award.” The award ceremony was held at Dr. Gao’s New York apartment and more than 10 jury members and guests participated. The award is named for renowned Chinese writer Liu Binyan, who before his death in 2005, earned the nickname as “China’s conscience” for his articles exposing official corruption.

Dr. Gao is an internationally renowned AIDS activist and human rights defender. Since retiring as a docto,r she has been investigating the AIDS epidemic in Henan Province, China, caused by transfusions of tainted blood. For this work, in 2001 she received the Global Health Council’s “Jonathan Mann Award for Health and Human Rights.” In 2007, because of the deteriorating human rights environment in China, 82-year-old Doctor Gao left China and wrote a book exposing the local Chinese government’s cover-up of the HIV crisis. She also vociferously called on the international community to focus on China’s hundreds of thousands of AIDS patients and the living conditions of their families.

The awards ceremony was hosted by renowned writers and media personalities. Bei Ming was the host. The “Liu Binyan Conscience Award” jury consisted of well-known Chinese writers Zheng Yi, Wang Kang, and Chen Kuide. They presented Doctor Gao with the award and US $10,000 in prize money. Columbia University professor Andrew Nathan, Yale University professor Su Wei, founder of Henan Province’s Dahe Daily newspaper, Ma Yunlong, young scholar Chen Chuangchuang and other young scholars at the meeting delivered their warm congratulations.

Boxun’s reporter asked Dr. Gao to explain the origin of her name. Dr. Gao replied that her original name was “Clever Sunflower,” a name her father gave her. In 1948, in order to apply for university, she renamed herself Yaojie (shining and pure). This was the first time she revealed her original name. She said she often submits content to Boxun  and is an avid reader of Boxun.


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