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Imprisoned Rights Lawyer Wang Quanzhang Gets First Family Visit in Four Years

Online article by Li Wenzu, wife of imprisoned Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang. Held incommunicado for three years, Wang Quanzhang was finally tried in December 2018, convicted of “subversion of state power” and sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison. … Continue reading

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Bloody Chronicles 血纪: Bloodbath in the Apple Orchard

[Chinese language text online in second half of 【禁书】《血纪》中集(42) To judge by its latitude, Yanyuan was in the tropics. It would have been a comfortable place to live if its high elevation had not given it a long spring, autumn sandstorms … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Kong Lingping’s Memoir Bloody Chronicles 血纪: Encounters with Educated Youth Sent Down to the Countryside

Chapter 5 We are Even Less Than You Are I don’t remember just when it started but sometime after the Lin Biao incident,  our group was sent every afternoon to dig potatoes in the big Sixth Brigade potato field on … Continue reading

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Kong Lingping’s Maoist Labor Camp Memoir: A Decade Spent between Life and Death

Another excerpt from my draft translation of Bloody Chronicles 血纪, Kong Lingping’s memoir of his twenty years as a political prisoner in Mao’s labor camps.  In this excerpt,  Kong Lingping recounts how he first got in touch with his mother for the … Continue reading

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2008: The Essay that Won Chengdu Activist Chen Daojun a Three Year Prison Sentence

The Chengdu writer Chen Daojun 陈道军  was sentenced to three years of imprisonment for “inciting to subvert state power”. Here in English translation is one of his essays from March 2008. Chen Daojun praised the Tibetans for standing up against … Continue reading

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Li Bifeng 李必丰: In a Country Like This, We Can Only Hibernate

Li Bifeng,  a Chinese poet imprisoned for his article about a 1989 worker protest.  He got another twelve year prison sentence in 2012 apparently for helping another Chinese writer, Liao Yiwu flee into exile.  Li was arrested three months after Liao … Continue reading

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Kong Lingping’s Bloody Chronicles: The Meetings to “Intimidate the Many by Killing a Few” “杀一小批”宣判大会

Another except from my draft translation of Kong Lingping’s Bloody Chronicles (2) Killing Jiang Zhenjun and Liu Zhihe The Yanyuan Farm, like other jails and reform through labor brigades throughout the country, held a series of many “kill a small … Continue reading

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Wang Yi’s Diary: Now I  Must See My Friend Ran Yunfei Become a Prisoner

[Chinese text follows.  Several articles by Chengdu writer Ran Yunfei are also translated on this blog. ] Wang Yi’s Diary: Now I  Must See My Friend Ran Yunfei Become a Prisoner 王怡今日笔记:忍看朋辈成新囚 I  am heart- broken for my country.  I … Continue reading

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