Witnessing History: One Woman's Fight for Freedom and Falun Gong

Allen & Unwin, 2005 - 359 Seiten
One woman's harrowing story of imprisonment and survival in the face of the Chinese government's persecution of Falun Gong On May 23, 2000, the Chinese government sentenced Jennifer Zeng to reeducation through forced labor. Her fellow inmates were drug addicts, prostitutes, and traffickers in pornography. Jennifer's only crime was her belief in the three tenets of Falun Gong: Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
Struggling with a life-threatening illness and a need to understand her place in the world, Jennifer had immersed herself in many Western and Eastern philosophies before finally finding the answers she was seeking in Falun Gong. A few short years later her newfound faith saw her blacklisted and imprisoned in a purpose-built labor camp. Jennifer was forced to squat for hours in the blistering sun, endure hours of physical and verbal abuse, and knit garments until her hands bled to feed the booming Chinese economy. During this time Jennifer saw many fellow Falun Gong practitioners tortured. Some died, many more remain in the camps today.This is the powerful and moving story of how a bright, successful young scientist and happily married mother survived detention and torture, only to be forced to flee her family and homeland to seek asylum in Australia. A raw and compelling memoir, one which provides a fascinating glimpse into everyday life in China, Witnessing History also exposes a bureaucracy still struggling to disentangle itself from the constraints of Mao's Cultural Revolution.

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WITNESSING HISTORY: One Chinese Woman's Fight for Freedom

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Daring to describe the Chinese government's brutality, Zeng's revealing memoir details her experiences fighting for her life as a Falun Gong practitioner. In 1995, the author was diagnosed with ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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“Witnessing History” is a harrowing account of one woman’s experience with China’s repression of Falun Gong, the spiritual/religious/moral code movement that swept through much of China in the 1990s ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Jennifer Zeng was born in China and graduated with a Masters of Science in geochemistry from Peking University. Jennifer began practicing Falun Gong in 1997 and was arrested four times before being sentenced to one year's re-education in a Labor Camp. There she was tortured and brain-washed. In 2001 Jennifer was released and fled to Australia where she started writing an account on her experiences.

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