He Qinglian is a Chinese author and economist, most prominently known for her critical view of Chinese society and media controls in China. “The Pitfalls of Modernization” (现代化的陷阱), her most famous book which concerns corruption in China’s economic reform of the 1990s , sold over 100,000 copies in China and won acclaim from both the public and economists. She argues in Pitfalls that, as power has devolved to local government, local officials who at first favored reform later came to oppose further reform which might limit their discretion and so make it harder to trade power for money and money for power. In the latter part of Pitfalls she also discussed the revival of clan power in southern provinces such as Guangdong and Fujian.
Her another book, “The Fog of Censorship: Media Control in China” addresses the manipulation and restriction of the press. Her articles, which point to deep structural problems and declare that thoroughgoing political reform will be necessary if economic reform is to succeed, displeased some Chinese government officials. Due to her articles she got more and more pressure in China and on June 14, 2001 she fled from home abroad. She now lives in the United States. She regularly writes on contemporary Chinese social and economic issues.
- He, Qinglian. China’s Descent Into Quagmire. Nancy Yang Liu and Lawrence R. Sullivan. New York: Human Rights in China, 2008.
- He, Qinglian. The Fog of Censorship: Media Control in China. Trans. Paul Frank. New York: Human Rights in China, 2008.
- He, Qinglian. “A Volcanic Stability.” Journal of Democracy [H.W.Wilson – SSA] 14.1 (2003): 66.
- He, Qinglian. “China’s Listing Social Structure.” Index on Censorship.2 (2002): 88-93.
- He, Qinglian. “China’s Listing Social Structure.” New Left Review. 5 (2000): 69.
- He, Qinglian. “Academic Freedom in China.” 88.3 (2002): 26-28.
- He, Qinglian. “The Land-Enclosure Movement of the 1990s: Inaugurating China’s New “Land Enclosure”.” The Chinese economy 3 (2000): 57-88.
- He, Qinglian. “Seeds Of Resistance.” Index On Censorship 2 (2008): 74-79.
- He, Qinglian. “Preface to China’s Descent into a Quagmire: The Political Economy of the Transition Era in China.” Chinese Economy 4 (2001): 6-22.
- He, Qinglian. “On systemic corruption in China and its influence.” Private and Public Corruption. William C. Hefferman and John Kleinig. Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.
- He, Qinglian. “A Listing Social Structure.” One China, Many Path. Chaohua Wang, London; New York: Verso. 2005. 163-188.
Collections and Book Chapters
- He, Qinglian. “Chapter 1. A Socialist Free Lunch: Scrutinizing Reform of the Share-Holding System.” Chinese Economy 3 (2000): 32-56.
- He, Qinglian. “Chapter 2. the Land-Enclosure Movement of the 1990s: Inaugurating China’s New “Land Enclosure”.” Chinese Economy3 (2000): 57-88.
Translations on Web Sources
- Kriz Cpec. Articles by He Qinglian (何清涟). Web. 10 May 2015.
- He, Qinglian. “Does the free market corrode moral character?” A Templeton Conversation. John Templeton Foundation. Web. 10 May 2015.
- He, Qinglian. Qing Lian Ju 清漣居. 10 May 2015.
- He, Qinglian. “Reality of China.” Trans. Kriz Cpec. Web. 10 May 2015.
- He, Qinglian. He Qinglian. The Epoch Times. 10 May 2015.