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Published on May 16, 2011
http://www.genevasummit.org Ti-Anna Wang, addressing the 2011 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. Ti-Anna was born in 1989, and was named to commemorate the victims of Tiananmen Square. The connotations her name evokes—human rights, democracy, freedom of speech—were not that important to her when she was young girl, but that changed soon when, at age 13, she learned that her father, pro-democracy activist Wang Bingzhang, was sentenced to life in prison in China for his political activism. Since then, Ti-Anna has spent much of her time and energy working to win his freedom, and that of other Chinese political prisoners. It has been a journey that has taken her around the world and challenged her in many ways. In 2008, Ti-Anna postponed entering university for a year while she advocated for her father in Washington, DC, during which time she engaged the media, policymakers, and government officials. Now, Ti-Anna is a student at McGill University in Montreal majoring in East Asian Studies and minoring in business, and balances her studies while continuing to campaign for her father's freedom, who is now in his 8th year of imprisonment. She is compelled to stay true to the legacy embodied by her name, and to bring about positive change for humanity.