The Bookseller – News – Authors speak out against China as host of WorldCon 2023
More than 100 authors have signed an open letter calling for the revocation of the decision to let China host WordCon 2023 “in protest against the serious and ongoing human rights abuses occurring in the Uyghur region of China.”
Key signers include Hugo winners, nominees and bestsellers Angie Thomas, NK Jemisin, G Willow Wilson, SA Chakraborty, Zoraida Córdova, Tochi Onyebuchi, Ausma Zehanat Khan, Jeannette Ng, Tracy Deonn, Roseanne Brown, Usman T Malik and famous Uyghur writers such as Tahir Hamut Izgil.
The letter calls for the 2023 World Science Fiction Society convention to be moved due to the treatment of the Uyghur people, a minority ethnic group in China, who rights groups say have been deprived of their rights and detained in “re-education camps”. . A number of organizations such as the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur Human Rights Project also added their names to the open letter.
It states: “We request that in solidarity with the Uyghur and Turkish people who are suffering ongoing atrocity crimes, that the site allocation offer for WorldCon 2023 be replaced by any other reasonable competitor… Account Given the gross human rights abuses that continue in the Uyghur region, we urge the organizers of WorldCon 2023 to join us in condemning these abuses by revoking the bid to award the 2023 venue to Chengdu, in China. “
Chengdu won the bid to host the 2023 event in 2021 over France, the United States and Canada. Members of the WorldCon community vote on which country will win the right to host.
Ausma Zehanat Khan, award-winning author of The Khorasan Archives (Harper Voyager) series and signatory, said, “As science fiction and fantasy writers, we imagine brave new worlds in our fiction. We challenge authority where grave injustices can be perpetrated without accountability or redress.
“Our characters undertake impossible quests to bring down oppressive regimes for a chance at a just future. as a community of writers. We cannot, in good conscience, celebrate the achievements of the best and brightest in our field, against the backdrop of catastrophic human suffering.”
The bookstore approached the organizers and the Chengdu committee for comment. The event is scheduled to take place in August 2023 at the new Chengdu Century City International Convention and Exhibition Center.