Liu Xiaobo , born December 28, , Changchun , Jilin province, China—died July 13, , Shenyang , Liaoning province, China , Chinese literary critic, professor, and human rights activist who called for democratic reforms and the end of one-party rule in China. In he became the first Chinese citizen to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. By then Liu had already established himself as a prolific and erudite critic, rising to prominence in with a stinging examination of modern Chinese literature. He undertook a lecture tour of Norway and the United States in —89, returning to Beijing as the pro-democracy movement in that city began to gather strength.
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Lucy Liu born December 2, is an American actress and artist who has worked in both television and film. In high school, she adopted a middle name, Alexis. Liu has stated that she grew up in a diverse neighborhood. She learned to speak Mandarin at home and began studying English when she was 5. Liu earned a bachelor's degree in Asian languages and cultures. At the age of 19, while traveling on the subway, Liu was discovered by an agent.