By Bo Guagua
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Harvard Kennedy School student
Bo Guagua corresponded with Crimson staff writers Hana
N. Rouse and Justin C. Worland on Tuesday via his Kennedy
School and Google email accounts and sent The Crimson a
statement, which is published verbatim below.
To Whom It May Concern:
Recently, there has been increasing attention from the press
on my private life. As a result of these speculations, I
feel responsible to the public to provide an account of the
facts. I am deeply concerned about the events surrounding
my family, but I have no comments to make regarding the ongoing
investigation. It is impossible to address all of the rumours
and allegations about myself, but I will state the facts
regarding some of the most pertinent claims.
My tuition and living expenses at Harrow School, University
of Oxford and Harvard University were funded exclusively
by two sources—scholarships earned independently, and
my mother’s generosity from the savings she earned from
her years as a successful lawyer and writer.
My examination records have been solid throughout my
schooling years. In the British public examination of
GCSEs, which I completed at the age of 16, I achieved
11 ‘A Stars,’ whereas the necessary requirement is no
more than 9 and ‘A’ grades are considered good marks.
I also earned straight A’s for both AS level and A-level
Examinations at the ages of 17 and 18, respectively.
At the University of Oxford, I studied Politics, Philosophy
and Economics. I was a ‘tripartite’, being enrolled in
all three subjects, rather than dropping one in the second
year, as is the norm. Upon graduating, I earned a 2:1
degree (Second Class, First Honours) overall and achieved
a First in Philosophy.
During my time at Oxford, it is true that I participated
in ‘Bops,’ a type of common Oxford social event, many
of which are themed. These events are a regular feature
of social life at Oxford and most students take part
in these college-wide activities.
Like many other university students, I also devoted
time and energy to extra-curricular activities. For example,
I debated in the Oxford Union and served as president
of the Politics, Philosophy and Economics Society. These
extra-curricular activities enabled me to broaden my
perspective, serve the student community, and experience
all that Oxford has to offer. I am proud to have been
the first mainland Chinese student to be elected to the
Standing Committee of the Oxford Union, and I truly value
the close friendships I formed with my fellow students.
I have never lent my name to nor participated in any
for-profit business or venture, in China or abroad. However,
I have been involved in developing a not-for-profit social
networking website in China, the aim of which is to assist
NGOs in raising awareness of their social missions and
connecting with volunteers. This initiative has been
based out of the Harvard Innovation Lab, with the participation
of fellow students and friends. The project remains in
the development stage and is not live.
I have never driven a Ferrari. I have also not been
to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing since 1998 (when I obtained
a previous U.S. Visa), nor have I ever been to the U.S.
Ambassador’s Residence in China. Even my student Visas
were issued by the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, which is
closer to my home of five years.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank
my teachers, friends and classmates for their support during
this difficult time. In particular, I wish to thank the Harvard
Kennedy School for the support it has extended to me as a
member of its community. I understand that at the present,
the public interest in my life has not diminished. However,
I wholeheartedly request that members of the press kindly
refrain from intruding into the lives of my teachers, friends
About the public statement made by Bo
- Guagua, Hold on.
- Time will tell.
Xilai is one of a very few incorrupt high officials
in Chinese government. It is a shame that those at the
top ended Bo's political life in the way typically seen
during the chaotic early years of the Cultural
- Why the authority wants to delete the posts responding
to Guagua's statement? What are you so scared of?
Wen Jiabao's political persecution against Bo
Xilai and his family is so presumptuous which challenges
basic human decency.
- Bo Guagua's statement makes me feel sad. Hi,
kid, don't let them beat you down!
- Wall Street Journal
is a lairs.inc.
- Those at the top of the government prefer to use smear
campaign to bring down their political opponent. These people
are capable of committing any evil acts, because they have
no conscience left in them.
- Hope Premier
Wen Jiabao's Son Wen Yunsong will also come up with
a public statement to address all those accusations agianst
- Wen Yunsong, Chinese people urge you to follow the example
of Bo Guagua!