Tag Archives: Chongqing

Freed Chongqing Prisoner Talks about Reeducation-through-Labor


Of the hundreds of thousands of victims of China’s arbitrary, extralegal “reeducation-through-labor” system, a young man in Chongqing named Ren Jianyu (任建宇) was recently freed, thanks to the downfall of Bo Xilai, even though his filing against the government for … Continue reading

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Mo Yan, or “Don’t Talk”, Winner of 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature


Readers of my posts here by now should know that I am not a neutral person, and my bias can be very strong. To be perfectly honest with you, I cherish the freedom of not having to pretend otherwise. Below … Continue reading

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“Why Was It So Dramatic?”


In an interview with the New York Times in late May when his “probation” ended, China’s most famous artist, Ai Weiwei, recounted the details of his forced disappearance in April, 2011. “The policeman yanked the black hood over Ai Weiwei’s head. … Continue reading

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