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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1999 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thirty-two visiting teenage students from China vanished from Los Angeles International Airport Monday, shortly before they were scheduled to board a jetliner for a return trip to their homeland. "It appears to us that this is an organized attempt by them to remain here in the United States," said Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Dave Kalish.
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NEWS
August 3, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A rising Chinese ballet star, who disappeared last month while performing with the Houston Ballet Company, said he has asked for asylum in the United States. At a press conference in Washington, Lin Zhen said he dropped out of sight because his plan had been uncovered and dance officials threatened to return him to China. He said that a lack of freedom since Beijing's pro-democracy crackdown last year has made it impossible for him to continue his career there.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 1990 | GRACE WAI-TSE SIAO, Siao is the Southern California correspondent of the San Francisco-based newspaper Asian Week
In China in 1987, Hua Wenyi won a Plum Blossom Award, an honor comparable to an Oscar in America. Today the actress, regarded in much the same way Western audiences view Elizabeth Taylor and Helen Hayes, cooks and keeps house in Monterey Park, occasionally works for a dry cleaner and teaches Kun opera for a living in Monterey Park. "I don't find it difficult adjusting to life in America," she said, having spent years doing chores for the husband and daughter she left in Shanghai.
NEWS
August 1, 1989 | VALARIE BASHEDA, Times Staff Writer
Eight members of the Shanghai Opera, including its leader, apparently defected last week while the troupe was on tour here just days before they were scheduled to return to China. According to Jeffery Shia, a city accountant and president of a local Chinese association, the musicians from the state opera company disappeared at different times between last Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The group was scheduled to return to China last Thursday morning. As of Monday, U.S.
NEWS
June 2, 1992 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Xu Jiatun, the highest-ranking Chinese official ever to flee to the West, ended a long self-imposed silence Monday with publication in Hong Kong of a vigorous defense of the Tian An Men Square pro-democracy movement. Xu, who fled to the United States two years ago and now lives quietly in Irvine, Calif.
NEWS
July 25, 1990 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Chinese diplomat and the consul chef have left the Chinese Consulate here in a move that further cools an already chilly reception for a delegation of Chinese officials that arrived Tuesday. The two consular staff members have not contacted U.S. immigration officials, but plan to seek residency in this country, according to several sources who have been active in protests against the Chinese crackdown on pro-democracy dissidents. "They were both near the end of their terms.
NEWS
May 11, 1990 | JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A secret document ferreted out from the Chinese Embassy in Washington by a defecting diplomat last week discloses that China is attempting to isolate and discredit Chinese student leaders and pro-democracy organizations in the United States.
NEWS
May 5, 1990 | JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A young Chinese diplomat said Friday that he is defecting to the West and, at an extraordinary press conference sponsored by a student group, claimed that most of his colleagues at the Chinese embassy in Washington quietly support the pro-democracy movement. The diplomat, Xu Lin, 32, had worked in the education section of the embassy and had been assigned to work with Chinese student organizations.
NEWS
September 14, 1989
One of China's seven most-wanted dissident intellectuals, Su Xiaokang, has escaped after three months on the run from Chinese police. "I hid out in villages, in forests and in the mountains," Su said in an interview at a secret Hong Kong address, where he arrived 10 days ago. He later left for Paris. "For three months I lived in fear of arrest by the security forces," he said.
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