Rong Jian is a public intellectual in China, he was a rising star in the field of Marxist philosophy studies in the 1980s, before 1989 derailed his academic career. In the late 1980s, Rong was an active participant in the intense intellectual debates over the correct reform path for the nation. In the 1990s, he chose to work instead in China’s burgeoning art business, establishing a successful career as a collector and curator of contemporary Chinese abstract oil paintings. He owns and runs the well-known art gallery Beijing Jindu Art Centre 北京锦都艺术中心 in the Chinese capital’s 798 Art District.
He returned to the realm of public discourse and debate in the 2010s, started with presenting his article at a seminar in January 2013 at the Unirule Institute of Economics （天则经济研究所）in Beijing. He later published a number of articles on his blogs and websites hosted in and outside China, and is known among the other publicly engaged Chinese thinkers for his acid-tipped pen.
Translations on Web Sources
- Rong, Jian. “A China Beret of Thoughts”. trans. Davies, Gloria. The China Story. Feb 5, 2017