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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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Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Work Department 统战部

United Front work, like propaganda, and the political and legal affairs committees exists at every level of Communist Party organization in China mirrored all the way down reporting to both the local Party leader and the corresponding organization at higher … Continue reading

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Understanding the Chinese Police State — Thoughts Towards a Reading List

First of all,  I would recommend  Stein Ringen’s  2016 book The Perfect Dictatorship — China in the 21st Century is a fine overview and analysis of China as a police state. Less comprehensive works focusing on a particular aspect of the police … Continue reading

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Is China Totalitarian or Authoritarian?

Is China totalitarian? This is a question I think about sometimes.  China certain doesn’t feel totalitarian, especially when you compare to the old Cultural Revolution days. What does totalitarian vs. authoritarian mean? Perhaps it is just a semi-empty exercise in … Continue reading

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2008: Ran Yunfei: “Where Will the Fear End? A Talk that Could Not Be Delivered”

Where Will the Fear End? A Talk that Could Not Be Delivered by Ran Yunfei [from one of Ran Yunfei’s blogs – at https://ranyunfei.com/2009/11/860.htm ) November 4, 2008 Ran Yunfei note: This is a talk I had planned to deliver … Continue reading

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