Mother of Steven and Lydia Wang
Pictured: Steven Wang (second to the right) and Lydia Wang (center right) with their mother (center) in China, 1996.
Mrs. Aihua Liu, a mother of four—including two U.S. citizens—was most recently arrested in July 2022. On March 10, 2023, Mrs. Liu was sentenced to four years by a court in Changsha without proper due process or family visitation rights. She is actively involved in civil disobedience, and family in China suspect she was detained for this reason.
Liu’s family also suspect she could be harassed due to her son Steven’s career with Shen Yun Performing Arts in America. The Chinese Communist Party has attempted to sabotage this performing arts troupe since 2006 to control the international community’s narrative on Falun Dafa and the persecution. Previously, because of Steven’s role in Shen Yun, Aihua’s daughter Lydia was placed in detention in 2011. Shortly after she was released, Lydia was able to immigrate to America and become a U.S. citizen.
Aihua Liu / 刘爱华: Gender: Female, Born: November 12, 1954
Current status: Sentenced to 4 years, filed for appeal
Reason for Detention: Possession of Falun Gong books; distributing pamphlets and paper bills to raise awareness about the persecution. Article 300.
Past Detentions: 10 prior detentions in prisons and labor camps, most recently release in 2021.
Current Location: The No. 4 Detention Center of Changsha City, Hunan Province
Family Residence: Her daughter Lydia Wang and youngest son Steven Wang are U.S. citizens living in New York, while her two oldest daughters still live in China.
Mrs. Aihua Liu was a middle school and high school teacher in Changsha City, Hunan Province. She lost her job shortly after the birth of her third child, Lydia, because the one-child policy was still in effect.
Mr. Guanghui Wang (husband) was also a teacher, who specialized in high school chemistry. Later, after Steven was born, Mr. Wang and Mrs. Liu opened their own family business. In 2009, Mr. Wang died after prolonged effects of torture took his life.
Lydia Wang (daughter) was harassed and arrested in 2011, after local police and Ministry of State Security authorities confirmed Steven was involved in Shen Yun Performing Arts. She moved to New York soon after she was released. Lydia has two children, 12 and 10, who have never met their maternal grandmother.
Steven Wang (son) went to boarding school at Chongqing Dance School and Chongqing University in China from 1999-2008. During that time, his parents were arrested, imprisoned, which led to him being unable to see them. Steven moved to New York in 2008 where he studied Chinese classical dance at Fei Tian Academy of the Arts and began his career at Shen Yun Performing Arts. In 2009, Steven was unable to return to China for his father’s funeral proceedings due to the Chinese Communist Party’s blacklist of Falun Gong practitioners like him. In 2017, he invited his mother to his wedding but she was arrested and barred from leaving China.
News & Action
1. Sign Steven and Lydia’s Petition for Their Mother
Their petition has already received over 1,000 signatures within 24 hours. Please take a minute to share the link and add your signature to support Mrs. Aihua Liu’s family.
2. Send a Letter to Congress
You can email or print this prewritten letter to urgently call upon members of Congress to press for the release of Mrs. Aihua Liu.
3. Mail an encouraging letter directly to Mrs. Aihua Liu
People who have survived Chinese prisons and escaped to the U.S. attest to the enormous difference it can make to hear from the outside world directly. It lifts the spirits of those wrongfully detained, and shocks local officials, making them wary of participating further in persecution.
An international letter requires two postal stamps. You can send cards directly to Mrs. Aihua Liu to the following address:
The No. 4 Detention Center of Changsha City
No. 1736, Yuanda 2nd Road
Quantang Town, Hunan Province, 410131