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Witnessing History: One Chinese Woman's Fight for Freedomby Jennifer Zeng
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"In 1997, Zheng (Jennifer) Zeng was a graduate in science of prestigious Beijing University, the Harvard of China. She was a young wife and mother, and had been admitted to the Communist Party, an honor. But when she began to follow a spiritual practice known as Falun Gong, her comfortable existence was shattered by a widespread government crackdown." "For adhering to the practice's simple tenets of Truth, Compassion, and Forbearance, she was sentenced without trial to re-education through forced labor for an indefinite term. Incarcerated with prostitutes, dope peddlers, and other petty criminals who enforced the prison rules, she suffered deprivation and torture. Her "enlightenment" took the form of beatings, the application of electric prods, starvation, sleep deprivation, and being forced to work both at arduous outdoor tasks and at the production of goods for sale in the U.S. market. She was compelled to knit for days at a time, around the clock, with bleeding hands." "As Zeng was considered an intellectual, the prison administration took particular interest in obtaining her recantation of her beliefs. After enduring for months, she rationalized that a forced retraction would have no validity, but after she was released, she realized that by giving in she had betrayed herself and her principles. As soon as she could, Zeng began to write her story to bear witness to her suffering and that of so many others."--BOOK JACKET.
Zheng (Jennifer) Zeng was a graduate in science from Beijing University. She was a wife, a mother, and a Communist Party member. But because she followed a spiritual practice called Falun Gong, her life in Chinawas shattered. Adhering to the practice's simple tenets of Truth, Compassion, and Forbearance, she was amazed that the Party would institute a crack down, arrest her and demand that she recant. After twice being held at adetention center and refusing, she was sentenced without trial to reeducation through forced labor. Her enlightenment-in part undertaken by fellow prisoners incarcerated for prostitution, pornography and drugaddiction-took the form of beatings, torture with electric prods, starvation, sleep deprivation, and forced labor. She was compelled to knit for days at a time, her hands bleeding, to produce goods contracted for sale inthe US market. Many Falun Gong practitioners died under the harsh conditions. Zheng Zeng was lucky.
Thousands of others remain deprived by an oppressive Chinese government of their freedom of speech andassembly and the freedom to believe as they choose. This is the testament to her ordeal and theirs.
Table of Contents
The mists of belief — Zhuan Falun reveals nature's mysteries — The crackdown — The fires of envy — Mass arrests — From small 'self to Great Way — Three stretches in the detention centre — The nightmare begins — Let life display its splendour in Fa-Rectification — All living beings have Buddha-nature — Shoot the arrow first, then draw the bull's-eye — Re-education through forced labour: tears of blood — Hell on earth — I am incarcerated in Tiantanghe — A perilous time — Reform — Stormy seas — Coercion cannot change people's hearts' — Exile — Stating the facts — A sacred mission — Postscript — Falun Gong chronology.
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