1999: Dui Hua Begins its Work

When Senator Orrin Hatch visited China in 1997, he was accompanied by a leading scholar of contemporary China Michel Oksenberg, and a former senior staff member of Senator Hatch who had recently joined a private foundation, based on the East Coast, that supported both domestic and international projects with grants. A few months after the […]

Target of the Gang of Four

Shanghai’s Fuzhou Road, a haven for used bookstores, January 1976. All photos by author. I left America for Macau to take up a teaching position in August 1972. I moved to Hong Kong on Christmas Day, 1972. By the end of 1975 I had lived most of the previous three years in Hong Kong with […]

The Singing Nuns of Drapchi

In February 2002, President George W. Bush visited Beijing and met with President Jiang Zemin. Their discussions covered the world’s hotspots, with a special focus on events in Iraq and North Korea. President Bush, in an unscripted moment, thanked President Jiang for the releases of Hong Kong resident and bible smuggler Li Guangqiang and the […]

City of the Doomed

The Gates of Tilanqiao Prison. Image Credit: Shanghai Prison Administration. Tilanqiao Prison in Shanghai is one of the oldest operating prisons in the world. Constructed in 1903, occupied in 1906, it has gone by many names. Wood Road Gaol. Shanghai Prison. Oriental Bastille. Alcatraz of the Orient. City of the Doomed. It is where mothers […]

To Lhasa for Jigme Sangpo

China’s longest serving political prisoner, Jigme Sangpo, and John Kamm.  In the aftermath of 9/11, Chinese President Jiang Zemin resolved to use the attacks to fundamentally improve relations with the United States. In doing so he ignored Vladimir Putin’s entreaties and the advice of several close aides to distance China from the United States. The […]

Breakthrough

News clipping of the three counterrevolutionary prisoners in Jilin who had been sentenced for establishing a counterrevolutionary group. Following my first meeting with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in October 1991, I made 18 trips to Beijing before the end of 1994 – an average of one trip every two months. At a meeting with […]

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