Han awaits birth of his second son

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 April, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 April, 1994, 12:00am

CHINESE dissident Han Dongfang has taken a break from labour activism to return to family life as he awaits the birth of his second son this week.

The baby, expected on Tuesday, is likely to be taken on an early visit to Beijing, something his father has been unsuccessfully trying to do since being thrown out of China last August.

Mr Han is now in the US with his family awaiting the birth, but he plans to return to Hong Kong alone before his working visa expires on May 22.

He told the Sunday Morning Post his wife is considering visiting her father in Beijing, together with their children, after the birth, despite China's recent tightening of controls over dissidents.

As it takes two to three months for a newborn baby to get a US passport, Mr Han's family will not come to Hong Kong with him next month, but may join him later.

The labour dissident left the United States for Hong Kong last August, and has since made several unsuccessful attempts to re-enter the mainland.

Mr Han said his wife understood why he had to be in Hong Kong: ''She does not blame me for leaving her alone while she was pregnant.

''But when I came back to the US, my son, now 18 months old, could not remember me. He called me Pa Pa under his mother's instruction, but without any expression. And he cried whenever I tried to hug him.''