SHENG Xue, born August 2, 1962, is 52 years old. She grew up in Beijing, China, and moved to Canada in August 1989 soon after the Tiananmen Square Massacre (June 4th) in Beijing in 1989.
SHENG Xue is an Ontario-based poet, writer, journalist, commentator, and a key leader of the overseas Chinese pro-democracy movement. For many years she has actively promoted multiculturalism, inter-ethnic dialogue and reconciliation.
SHENG Xue co-founded the Federation for a Democratic China, Canada, which she has led for 24 years, most recently as International President. She has also helped many newcomers of various ethnic origins to settle in Canada.
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February 1990, co-founded the Federation for a Democratic China, Toronto. She was elected as board member.
April 1990, co-founded the Federation for a Democratic China, Canada. She was elected as vice chairman.
March 1993, began to support the local Tibetan community and attend their events in order to promote dialogue, understanding and respect between Chinese and Tibetans.
November 1993, was elected as the Chairperson of the June 4th Massacre Investigation, a truth finding and humanitarian organization.
1993, starred (used the name Reimonna Sheng) in a Canadian movie, Small Pleasures, as a lead actress. The movie was about the lives of Chinese new comers in Canada.
January 1994, co-founded China Human Rights Group, in order to promote dialogue and cooperation among various ethnic groups around human rights issues.
1995, acted (used the name Reimonna Sheng) in another Canadian movie, Chinese Chocolate, as a supporting role. The movie was also about the lives of Chinese new immigrants in Canada.
August 1997, She also starred a stage drama (in Chinese), He-Zhu’s New Match, as the lead actress.
August 1997, became the Canadian correspondent of Radio Free Asia.
1998, started to help and support human rights issues with Uyghur community. In their home regions, there are serious tensions and violent conflicts between Uyghurs and Chinese, which have cost many lives under the rule of the Communist government. Similar tensions between Uyghurs and Chinese communities in Canada which need to be addressed peacefully.
July 1999, started to help and support Falun Gong practitioners in Canada to defend their rights and freedom of belief, after the Chinese government suppressed Falun Gong in China.
November 1999, was invited by Tibetan Government in Exile to visit Dharamsala, India, and meet with H.H. the Dalai Lama. SHENG was one of only a few Chinese to visit Dharamsala and to meet the Dalai Lama at that time.
1999 to 2002, invited some Uyghur refugees to live at her home; helped them with their refugee cases and settlement in Canada.
September 9, 2000, organized a meeting of Tibetans, Uyghurs, Taiwanese, Falun Gong practitioners and Chinese democracy activists at her house, to discuss the cooperation and coordination among those groups. This meeting then was criticized by Chinese communist regime as "the gathering of five poisons".
December 2000, was elected as vice-president of Federation for a Democratic China (FDC).
May 2001, won Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) Award for Investigative Journalism for year 2000, for her investigative report, “Smugglers’ Slaves”, published in Maclean’s Magazine in 2000. This report was about the lives of Chinese boat refugees in Canada. Oct. 2001, won the National Magazine Award for Investigative Reporting for year 2000.
2001, published a book (in Chinese and Japanese), Unveiling the Yuan Hua Case, which soon became a best seller in Chinese communities outside mainland China.
March 2002, became a regular commentator for current affair for New Tang Dynasty TV.
April 2004, became a member of PEN Canada and then a member of The Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC) in June of 2004; both of which belong to the International PEN, an organization of writers who fight for the protection of freedom of expression and publication. She is also a member of the Writers in Prison Committee of ICPC.
December 2004, established the ‘10-Dollar-Can’ program, which provides humanitarian aid to prisoners of conscience and their families in China, and encourages generosity and concern about human rights in China among Canadians.
September 2005, won the Award of Journalism and Media from National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada, for her “outstanding achievements, contributions and community service”
May 2006, was elected as a board member of the Forum for Democratization in China and Asia (FDCA), an international organization promoting democracy, human rights and ethnic co-operation and reconciliation.
June 2006, co-founded China Rights Network, Canada, which involved Canadian communities with various ethnic, regional and religious backgrounds, including Tibetan, Uyghur, Taiwanese, Hongkongese, North Korean, Mainland Chinese, and Falun Dafa.
January-March 2007, was chosen as Writer in Residence at Carlton University, Ottawa.
2008, was one of four playwrights for The Taxi Project, a stage drama that highlighted Canadian Multiculturalism and Canadian values, especially freedom of speech and expression. Four writers originally from China, Mexico, Bosnia, and Ethiopia, were from diverse literary, political, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This play was staged in August of 2008 in Toronto theatres toured to Universities and high schools.
January-April, 2009, was chosen as Writer in Residence at McMaster University.
September 2009 to August 2010, was a Writer-in-Exile of city of Edmonton and University of Alberta.
September 2009, organized the conference “Compassion and Respect - Our Common Future” in Vancouver, the first public conference for Chinese Canadian to dialogue with the Tibetan spiritual and political leader, H.H. the Dalai Lama.
March 6 – 12, 2010, led a North American Chinese Media Delegation to visit the Tibetan exile community in Dharamsala, India, and met with the Dalai Lama there. It was the first such Chinese media group to visit Dharamsala.
Oct. 2010, organized the second “Compassion and Respect - Our Common Future” Conference in Toronto. More than 320 Chinese Canadian attended the conference and had the dialogue with the Dalai Lama.
April 2012, delivered an open letter to a crowd of Chinese who were demonstrating against a Tibetan event in Ottawa which H. H. the Dalai Lama was addressing. The letter urged the Chinese to follow Canadian values, and respect and understand Tibetans.
September 2012, received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of great efforts and outstanding achievements in getting a number of groups together on the common ground of democracy and human rights; and her significant contribution to the social and ethnic solidarity of Canada.
October 2012, was elected as the president of Federation for a Democratic China (FDC).
From Oct. 2011 to July 2013, as the chief Editor edited the book of Contemporary Chinese Historical Records. It is compiled independently by Huang Heqing, a Chinese writer and scholar who has lived in exile in Spain since 1989. The Book records in details more than one thousand of the historical events and persons stories in China (including Taiwan, Hong Kong and oversea Chinese communities) from 1949 to 2009, and the author gives his personal brilliantly concise comments and evaluations. His particular outlook of the history is a sharp contrast to the official historical books so far published and is more objective, comprehensive and authentic. The book is 16K and 1040 Pages.
October 2013, organized a conference, "Together We Lead the Change", attended by more than 180 individuals of different backgrounds from more than 20 countries or regions including China, Egypt, Hong Kong, Japan, Mongolia, Laos, Taiwan, Tibet, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Czech Republic, Spain, South Korea and North Korea, plus Falun Gong practitioners and Christians.