An Interview with Jiang Xue
Jiang Xue: 1989 left a deep impression on me. We collected money for the Tiananmen students. Everyone supported the students then. We went to the post office and asked them to send it to them. After they used guns on the students, we put out white flowers to honor the dead.
February 19, 2019
China: Surviving the Camps
Of all the memoirs of the Cultural Revolution I have read, I cannot think of another one that offers, as Ji Xianlin’s The Cowshed: Memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution does, such a devastatingly direct and detailed testimony on the physical and mental abuse an entire imprisoned intellectual community suffered.
January 26, 2016
Chen Guangcheng: 'Pressure at the Grassroots'
**Ian Johnson:** *How do you account for Chinese officials’ frequent disregard of China’s own laws? Is it a lack of checks and balances—that officials think they can get away with anything so they do anything?* **Chen Guangcheng:** It’s also that they don’t dare do the right thing and don’t dare not do the wrong thing. Chinese police and prosecutors, do you think they don’t understand Chinese law? They definitely understand. But these people illegally kept me under detention.They all knew [that what they were doing was illegal] but they didn’t dare take a step to rectify the situation. They weren’t able to. So you can see that once you enter the system, you need to become bad. If you don’t become bad, you can’t survive.
June 26, 2012
Beijing's Seven Secrets
While people in the US and elsewhere have been reacting to the release by WikiLeaks of classified US documents on the Afghan War, Chinese bloggers have been discussing the event in parallel with another in their own country. On July 21 in Beijing, four days before WikiLeaks published its documents, Chinese President Hu Jintao convened a high-level meeting to discuss ways to prevent leaks from the archives of the Communist Party of China.
August 19, 2010