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·世界人权日,曾铮应邀发表演讲
·澳洲与中国:一样腐败 两种后果
·中共活摘法轮功学员器官新证据(上)
·从优昙婆罗花谈起
·A Triumph of Spirit: A Woman’s Plight to Expose Injustice in China
·从追查国际最新公告谈起
· 中共活摘法轮功学员器官新证据(下)
·澳洲紐省大選專訪隨筆——澳洲紐省大選專訪隨筆
·三十年爱国梦断
·重贴旧文-CHINA IN 2008
·正被“党的喉舌”吞噬著的海外中文媒体
·谈《围剿》
·谈追查国际发布的录像片
·我在澳洲审命案
·“好人多的地方”
·獨家:911紀念館設計者談設計思想
·世貿中心的瞬間感動——新唐人採訪手記(1)
·卡恩究竟干了没有?—— 新唐人采访手记(2)
·亲历纽约艾琳飓风——新唐人采访手记(3)
·视频:中國沒有喬布斯 是否有華爾街
·曾铮作客新唐人〈热点互动〉直播:誰是貪官?誰是奸商?
·王立军到底有无将活摘证据交予美国?
·强摘器官惊现美国非移民签证表说明什么?
·World Premiere of “Free China: The Courage to Believe”
·Experts Discuss Freedom at Free Speech Film Festival
·Speech at the Free Speech Awards Ceremony
·震撼人心的故事 撞击心灵的音乐——评记录片《自由中国:有勇气相信》的强
·Free China Wins American Insight’s Inaugural Free Speech Film Festiva
·在《自由中国》颁奖典礼上的发言
·美律師:應以仇恨罪起訴舊金山暴徒
·谨以此诗献给钟鼎邦——旧诗重发:李祥春,我向你脱帽致敬
·《自由中国》获丹佛国际电影节最杰出电影奖
·《自由中国》加首映 电影节总裁感动落泪
·致奥巴马罗姆尼公开信
·《自由中国》入围渥太华”自由思想“电影节-11月3日放映
·“Free China or Death by China” Forum & Screening
·The One Thing I Would Like Western Governments to Do
·《伟大的隐藏者》:被“隐藏”的伟大主题
·《来自星星的你》为何爆红?
·《自由中国》再获印度国际电影节大奖
·加州选举观察:提案被否 说明什么?
·《自由中国》将在台湾四城市电影院公映
·《自由中国》台北放映 观众谴责中共迫害
·台湾人的小动作与大陆人的防盗内裤
·《一步之遥》露骨的暗示:姜文到底想说什么?
·抢先公告:新唐人1月23日对大陆播出《自由中国》
·NTD’s Exclusive Broadcast into China of Award-winning Film: Free Chin
·《自由中国》2月3日起全球网络发行
·白宫正式回应调查中共活摘器官请愿
·《自由中国》全球线上上映(图)
·《自由中国》感动人心 开放网络点播
·《自由中国》感动人心 开放网络点播
·《自由中國》舊金山灣區首映會
·The Wallet of a Taiwanese vs. "Theft- Proof” Underwear of Mainland Ch
·永远的四二五
·重温《九评》 迎接没有中共的美好明天
·【三退征文】我的父亲(上)
·【三退征文】曾铮:我的父亲(中)
·【三退征文】我的父亲(下)
·【独家图片】彭丽媛在北大演唱
·【圖片遊記】臺灣(1)-臺北篇(上)
·法轮大法好莱坞圣诞遊行隊伍
·【圖片遊記】臺灣(2)-臺中篇
·【圖片遊記】臺灣(1)-臺北篇(中)
·【圖片遊記】臺灣(1)-臺北篇(下)
·【圖片遊記】臺灣(3)-臺南高雄篇
·华人携200万美元现金赴美险遭没收内情
·【图片游记】《自由中国》欧洲行(1)-瑞典篇
·【图片游记】《自由中国》欧洲行(2)-瑞典篇
·【图片游记】《自由中国》欧洲行(3)-瑞典-丹麦篇
·【图片游记】《自由中国》欧洲行(4)-瑞典
·【图片游记】《自由中国》欧洲行(5)-瑞士
·【图片游记】《自由中国》欧洲行(6)-瑞士篇
·【图片游记】《自由中国》欧洲行(7)-瑞士篇
·【图片游记】《自由中国》欧洲行(8)-瑞士篇
·【图片游记】《自由中国》欧洲行(9)-瑞士篇
·【图片游记】《自由中国》欧洲行(10)-瑞士篇
·【图片游记】《自由中国》欧洲行(11)-美丽的瑞士小村庄
·【图片游记】伦敦塔(Tower of London)-《自由中国》欧洲行(13)
·【图片游记】伦敦塔(Tower of London)-《自由中国》欧洲行(13)
·【图片游记】伦敦塔及其珍宝
·【图片游记】伦敦塔
·从我做陪审员的经历谈对梁彼得案的看法
·【图片游记】伦敦大学放映会
·【图片游记】芬兰:北极圈中的国度及女儿对母亲的国际营救
·"Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere"
·《自由中国》伦敦高校放映 观众赞其将改变世界
·【图片游记】伦敦唐人街与大英博物馆
·【图片游记】艾克斯主教座堂-兼谈艺术的起源、目的和出路
·迷人的马赛老港
·《自由中国》在欧洲议会放映-新华社记者全程捧场
·一群法国人对一个中国人的“仰慕”-兼谈中国人的文化自信
·我的臺灣鄉愁
·洛杉矶“电召车”司机和他的四类华人客户
·在「末日」來臨的紐約 講述神韻的希望故事
·感悟神韻(之一)
·「財大氣粗」的孔子學院與「全球最恐怖上學路」
·感悟神韻(之二):感悟神韻的藝術風格
·感悟神韻舞蹈-感悟神韻(之三):
·感悟神韻音樂-感悟神韻(之四)
·感悟神韻聲樂-感悟神韻(之五)
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A State of Torture

   a review of Jennifer's memoir by the "Australian" newspaper
   
   
   A Chinese woman’s story of what a brutal regime can do to those it fears makes a chilling read, write Terry Oberg
   


   Jennifer Zeng’s memoir, Witness History-One Woman’s Fight for Freedom and Falun Gong, is the kind of book that leave you feeling shocked, depressed and-most of all-angry.
   Describing the Chinese Government’s brutal persecution of tens of thousands of followers of Falun Gong-a pacifist and apolitical movement based on the tenets of truth, compassion and forbearance-Zeng’s book inspires such outrage that readers will probably feel the need to research the situation for themselves to see if the author has exaggerated the scale of the tragedy or the outrageousness of the Government’s actions.
   Sadly, it seems she hasn’t.
   While the plight of the Falun gong practitioners (or “students” as they call themselves) has been reported in the West, it certainly hasn’t received the attention it deserves.
   Founded in 1992, the movement-a combination of Buddhism, Taoism and Qigong-was outlawed in 1999, when the number of Falun Gong students in China reportedly outnumbered the membership of the Chinese Communist Party.
   The catalyst was thought to have been a peaceful protest by 10,000 practitioners who gathered in response to the harassment of some of their member by police.
   The group dispersed without incident after their petition was submitted, but perhaps more frightened by the size of the organization than by its peaceful, apolitical ideology, the Communist Party promptly initiated a crackdown that saw tens of thousands arrested in one day, while the Government-run news media began an insidious propaganda campaign.
   Worse was to come, as Falun Gong students were imprisoned in “re-educaiton camps” where they were tortured, beaten, brainwashed and often killed.
   Zeng’s life had hardly been trouble-free before her imprisonment. A botched medical procedure in 1992 caused two massive internal haemorrhages, and an ensuing blood transfusion left her with hepatitis C.
   “Movement of any sort made me nauseous,” she writes, adding that she “felt so wretched that life hardly seemed worth living”.
   Five years after the operation, Zeng’s younger sister sent her copies of the major Falun Gong texts and she was “hooked”.
   “It’s no exaggeration to say that these books shook me more than all the other books I had ever read, put together,” Zeng says.
   She claims that by practicing the exercises outlined in the books, her health improved dramatically-even her hepatitis “vanished without a trace”.
   Naturally, she was an extremely zealous convert, and thus it’s no surprise that whe was one of the first practitioners to be imprisoned.
   The author was arrested three times before being sent to a labour camp in 2000. Most of the book is an account of the horrific abuse that Zeng and thousands of her fellow students suffered in these prisons.
   Ferocious beatings administered by guards and other inmates-those imprisoned for “real” crimes, sleep deprivation, electric shock treatment and back-breaking labour were the everyday realities of prison life.
   Zeng recalls many of her captor’s inventive methods of torture, such as being forced to stand for days on end with a saucer of water on one’s head, with a vicious beating ensuing whenever a drop was spilled.
   One woman was tied to a bed for “more than 50 days” until “the muscles and skins of her whole back and arms went putrid”.
   Another was stood on and attacked with an electric prod so that “her chest ended up looking like the fried underside of a pancake”.
   It’s difficult for an unconverted reader to comprehend how the Falun Gong students could choose to suffer such appalling abuse when they could be freed simply by proclaiming that they rejected their faith whether they really had or not.
   Indeed, after three torturous years, that is how Zeng herself finally earned her freedom.
   She justified her “betrayal” by deciding she needed to escape to write a book to expose the workings of the system-but now, incredibly, she seems to regret her decision.
   “I had experienced and survived these trials,” she writes, referring to the torture and the brainwashing, “but was finally fooled by the delusion of the advantages of ‘doing it for Dafa, doing it to expose evil’.”
   
   This statement might seem ridiculous to us-after all, she’s claiming that it would have been better for her to remain in prison than to lie to her captors and escape-but we have the luxury of living in a society where the ideals of freedom of speech and thought exist.
   It’s easy for us to take them for granted…and hard to comprehend that, to the Falun Gong students imprisoned in China, they’re worth dying for.
   Zeng now lives with her daughter in Sydney, although her husband is still trapped in China.
   It’s difficult to criticize a book like this. Even if it was preachy or poorly written (which it isn’t), and even if it espouses a spiritual movement based on metaphysical philosophizing that the reader might have trouble digesting (which I did), its message is so worthy and so powerfully expressed that it can’t be ignored.
   The Chinese Government’s flagrant and frequent violations of its people’s fundamental human rights have not gone unnoticed by the rest of the world, but nor have they received the attention and the scorn that they deserve.
   Let’s hope that Witnessing History marks another step towards reversing that situation.
   
   
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   Links to Jennifer Zeng's memoir
   
   US edition + ebook(English):
   /http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/210894/witnessing-history-by-jennifer-zeng/
   
   Australia edition+ebook (English):
   https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/general-books/biography-autobiography/Witnessing-History-Jennifer-Zeng-translated-by-Sue-Wiles-9781741144000
   
   Amazon: US edition + ebook(English):
   https://www.amazon.com/Witnessing-History-Chinese-Jennifer-Hardcover/dp/B011ME5FIO/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1460593126&sr=1-2&keywords=Witnessing+History%2C+jennifer+zeng
(2017/08/01 发表)
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