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.)

Case Summary

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.

News & Action

Steven Wang being interviewed in 2021, recalling his experiences with persecution and his father’s death by the CCP.
  • 2018: Steven Sent Letters to New York Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand
    Steven Wang wrote, “My mother has been unjustly imprisoned in China only because she practices Falun Gong and I appeal to you for your whole support to free my mother from this detention and unite her with my family.”
    He requested for the senators to call the detention center to request his mother’s immediate release from illegitimate captivity and resolve the issue of his mother’s passport so that she could reunite with the family in the United States. At the end of the letter, Steven also included the names and contact information of the Chinese regime officials who were responsible for his mother’s detainment and torture (Full PDF).
  • October 29, 2021: Steven Made a Video About His Mother’s Case on Shen Yun Creations
  • November 2021: Interview with The Epoch Times
    “There were mass arrests and persecution,” Steven Wang recalled from when the persecution began in 1999. His family suffered, too. “Communist policemen broke into our home, threw a frenzy of punches and kicks. Then they abducted my parents and made a huge mess in our home, and took away all our books of Falun Dafa teachings.”

    His parents were both detained, in separate prisons. “Every time we went to visit them, they looked like they’d been starved. They never told me what it was like in there. They only told me they were doing fine. But you can probably imagine—you could tell from their withered faces that they’d been tortured,” he said.

    From that point, Wang never again experienced a stable family life. If his father was released, his mother would get arrested. “This persecution never ceased,” he said. He remembers spending New Year’s with his three older sisters and no parents at home.

    Eventually, Wang came to the United States to continue his dance career. While Wang was overseas, his father was tortured in prison and then released because the guards thought he might die while detained. In 2009, his father died from health complications, and Wang only learned of it a month later.

    “Cultivation is not a crime,” Wang said. “I could not go back to China, so all I could do was continue using art to expose this persecution.” Wang, like other members of Shen Yun, is unable to go to China. As individuals, they could face persecution, and as a group, the Chinese Communist Party won’t allow the company to enter China, for fear of its influence in spreading traditional culture.

Take Action

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
湖南省长沙市长沙县泉塘镇远大二路1736号, 邮政编码410131
No. 1736, Yuanda 2nd Road
Quantang Town, Hunan Province, 410131