Mother of Steven Wang
Steven Wang, a principal dancer in New York, remembers when he received news of his father's passing in 2009. His parents both practiced Falun Gong, a spiritual Buddhist faith that is now being persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party. In 2017, his widowed mother Aihua Liu attempted to visit him in New York for his wedding but Chinese authorities arrested her before she could leave China due to her faith in Falun Gong. On July 7, 2022, Liu was arrested again and confined in Changsha No. 4 Detention Center.
(Pictured: Steven (center left) with his mother (center right) and two of three older sisters in China, 1996.)
Aihua Liu / 刘爱华 – Gender: Female, Born: November 12, 1954
Current status: Detained since July 7, 2022.
Reason for Detention: Liu is actively involved in information dissemination, and has been detained ten times previously. It is suspected she was detained for the same reason this July.
Past Detentions: Ten prior detentions in prisons and labor camps, her most recent was in 2017, shortly before she was supposed to attend her son’s wedding. After she was detained for several months, Aihua Liu was sentenced in 2018 for three years and released in 2021.
Current location: Changsha No. 4 (Women’s) Detention Center, China.
Family Residence: Her third daughter and youngest son Steven Wang are U.S. citizens living in New York.
Ms. Aihua Liu was a middle school and high school teacher. But she lost her job after the third child was born due to the one-child policy.
Mr. Wang was also a teacher, who specialized in high school chemistry. When Steven was growing up, the couple opened their own family business.
Steven went to boarding school from when he was 13 to 22. During that time, his parents were arrested, imprisoned, which lead to him being unable to see them.
Steven’s father died in 2009 after prolonged effects of torture took his life. Steven was unable to return to China for his funeral proceedings due to the Chinese Communist Party’s blacklist of Falun Gong practitioners.
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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