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Laogai--the Chinese Gulag /

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Other Authors: Slingerland, Ted.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Westview Press, 1992
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This work reveals the hidden world of the laogaidui - the PRC's labour reform camps. The author, a political prisoner for 19 years, describes their ideological origins, complex structures and living conditions and analyzes the camps' contribution to the economic health of the PRC.


Forewordp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Notesp. xv
1Introductionp. 1
Notesp. 49
2Convicted Labor Reform (laogai)p. 54
Notesp. 77
3Reeducation Through Labor (laojiao)p. 81
Notesp. 104
4Forced Job Placement (jiuye)p. 108
Notesp. 118
5Labor Reform Under Deng Xiaopingp. 119
Notesp. 141
Afterwordp. 143
Appendix 1Information On990 Labor Reform Campsp. 147
Appendix 2Commodities Of The Labor Reform Camps Of The People's Republic of China As of March 1990p. 214
Appendix 3Three Sample Laogaiduip. 218
Appendix 4Volvo-Chinter Casep. 227
Appendix 5a List of Nine Industrial Labor Reform Enterprises That Have Attained the Standard Of National Second-Level Enterprisesp. 229
About the Authorp. 231
About the Bookp. 234
Indexp. 235

Review by Library Journal Review

When Harry Wu's home videos of the Chinese gulag were shown on 60 Minutes last September, the American public first learned the dirty secret of China's extensive network of forced labor (laogai) camps. (Earlier, the human rights group Asia Watch showed that Chinese convict labor products were being illegally exported to the United States.) Wu, himself a laogai prisoner for 19 years, is an authentic voice from the vast silence of China's hidden empire. His spare, sober account is a well-documented analysis of the several thousand forced labor camps, where an estimated 16 to 20 million Chinese, perhaps ten percent of them political offenders, labor on prison farms, and in factories and workshops, in a harsh atmosphere permeated by sadism, torture, and malnutrition. The Chinese Communists obviously learned many lessons from their Soviet comrades, whose gulag Solzhenitsyn so brilliantly chronicled. This is a unique and valuable contribution to our understanding of post-1949 China.-- Steven I. Levine, Boulder Run Research, Hillsborough, N.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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