Event

This Saturday, June 4, 2016 is the 27th Anniversary of the Tian'anmen Square Massacre and Tank Man act of bravery. In honor of this momentous occasion, the Laogai Museum will be playing The Tank Man , a PBS Frontline Documentary (published April 12, 2006) in the museum's main lobby.

News & Views

Entertainment events celebrating the life of Adolf Hitler or Pol Pot would not go down well in most cities. Yet in Sydney and Melbourne, concerts planned for early next month will celebrate the life of Mao Zedong—a ruler many consider one of the worst mass-murderers in history. The concerts, marking the 40th anniversary of Chairman Mao’s death on Sept. 9, 1976, will take place on Sept. 6 in...
I received a call from a former prisoner of conscious still living in China. The caller gave his condolences and asked for information on Mr. Wu. He also asked whether the Laogai Research Foundation would continue to sponsor jailed dissidents or their families. I replied that all of the application forms are still on Laogai’s website with no changes, so I believe the Foundation would continue as...
On May 9, 2016, imprisoned and ailing rights activist Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄)(pen name of Yang Maodong, (杨茂东)) began a hunger strike to protest degrading treatment in prison that included the video recording of a forced physical exam, which prison authorities threatened to post online. Guo’s repeated requests for transfer out of Yangchun Prison to a facility where he could receive appropriate medical...

Reports

“Criminalizing Dissent” is a historical report highlighting the exceedingly parallel histories of China and Cuba from 1949-1979. In addition to comparing the development of the revolutionary...

Publications

In April 1960 Chinese Communist authorities arrested Harry Wu. The son of a well-to-do Shanghai banker, he was cast into a Laogai prison labor camp. Though never formally charged or tried, he spent the next 19 years in a hellish...

Commentaries

Breaking It All Down This week, as President Xi Jinping commences talks with the Prime Minister of Great Britain, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) recalls the Obama-Xi Summit. On Tuesday the 20th of October 2015, host Bob Schieffer conducted an in-depth discussion with three eminent panelists: Kurt Campbell Chairman and CEO of Asia Group, Demetri Sevastopulo Washington Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, and Chris Johnson senior adviser and Freeman Chair in China...
Decoding the historical revisionism in the V-Day parade, and understanding the implications of Xi Jinping's proposed military scaleback.
In the summer of 2001, shortly after Beijing won the bid for the 2008 summer Olympics, Chinese Minister of Sport Yuan Weimin stated that the Olympics and would bring “progress in human rights causes.” Mr. Yuan was not alone in his unbridled optimism. François Carrard, the Executive Director of the International Olympic Committee, betted that rewarding China with the games would improve its human rights situation: “Bet on the fact that in the coming seven years, openness, progress, and...