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Laogai: The Chinese Gulag

Chinese dissident and former political prisoner Harry Wu talks about the 19 years he spent in 12 different Chinese labor camps. He explains how prisoners were provided with starvation rations, making securing food the only purpose of everyday life in the camps. Wu talks about his release and emigration to the U.S., an experience that was a stark contrast to the horrendous confines of the labor camps. Wu believes that modern China is at the crossroads of history, but it’s destiny is far from certain. Wu does find comfort, however, in the fact that China’s old communist partner, the Soviet Union, no longer exists.

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