LaoGai: The Tragic History of China's Secret Labor Camps

August 27, 2016

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Harry Wu, the most famous Chinese dissident, died early this year. I interviewed Mr. Wu in Washington a year ago. Mr. Wu was a survivor of the Chinese gulag.

He graciously opened his museum and his archives to me. In his memory, here is a video that he created about the Chinese prison system.



"In China, they want you to become [a] new socialist person, and that's the purpose of the labor camps," says Harry Wu, a survivor of the prison system known as "Laogai," which means "reform through labor."

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China's Building Boom In Los Angeles

August 26, 2016

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The Chinese building boom transformed the skylines of Beijing and Shanghai.

Now it is happening in Los Angeles. Witness the recent report in the "Los Angeles Times" about the unprecedented investment in high-priced real estate in Los Angeles.

Chinese developers are moving into Los Angeles on an unprecendented scale. These are megaprojects and they will change the landscape of downtown Los Angeles.

Many of the residential units are expected to sell to Chinese who want to invest in the perceived safety of overseas real estate, partly because they are worried about the slowing of the Chinese economy.

According to the report written by David Pierson, “The building boom is something of a showcase for Chinese real estate companies, which are willing to pay a premium to establish themselves as global brands.”

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The Opposite of a Red Guard

August 21, 2016

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China's youth changes from generation to generation. For the millennials, gone is the navy blue Mao Suit.

Han Han, the Literary Superstar of China’s Millennial Generation, is something new on the scene.

For one thing, he races cars. For another thing, he is a rock performer as well as a film producer. No one in China’s two thousand plus years of literary production has ever seen the likes of him.

The younger generation of Chinese is not idealistic as was the generation that protested at Tienanmen. Changing the system is not on their minds. Neither is idealism.

Han Han and his generation are not Red Guards.

They do not wear uniforms and march into schools armed with little red books, quotations of Chairman Mao, and poke fun at their elders, or worse, humiliate them publicly by parading them through the streets in dunce caps. They do not beat them.
They go around to get along.

They are the social media generation. They are too cool for school and they do things differently than their elders.

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