Since being released from Chinese labour camps in 1976, Harry Wu has worked tirelessly to bring China's human rights abuses to international attention. He returned to China in the early 1990's under a new name, and uncovered far worse. Filming secretly for the BBC and CBS within Chinese borders, he documented abuses that were widespread, ...
Since being released from Chinese labour camps in 1976, Harry Wu has worked tirelessly to bring China's human rights abuses to international attention. He returned to China in the early 1990's under a new name, and uncovered far worse. Filming secretly for the BBC and CBS within Chinese borders, he documented abuses that were widespread, systematic, and sanctioned by the prison authorities, causing the Chinese authorities to denounce him as their 'no. 1 Troublemaker'. Wu not only documents the brutality and scale of the Chinese penal syhstem, but also tells of the risks he took in returning to China in 1995, and relates the extraordinary story of his imprisonment and eventual release.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-09-03 An important human rights document, Wu's dramatic memoir, written with New York Times reporter Vecsey, chronicles his recent campaign to expose China's slave-labor camp systemæsix to eight million inmates in 1155 camps rife with beatings, torture, murders and near starvation conditions. He also presents shocking evidence that China is executing prisoners to harvest their organs for transplants, and that China's prison-made goodsæeverything from shoes to tea to toolsæare exported to the U.S. Born in China in 1937, geologist Wu spent 19 years in forced-labor camps (1960-1979) after being officially branded a "troublemaker" for criticizing communist rule. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1985. While he wrote of his hellish camp experience in Bitter Winds, Wu does reflect here on his years in China. Mainly, however, he focuses on the three trips he made to China under an alias between 1991 and 1994, documenting camp conditions for CBS-TV's 60 Minutes and for the BBC, as well as an abortive 1995 trip, on which he was arrested at the border and sentenced to 15 years but expelled under pressure from Washington. Wu here aims to have the Chinese prison camp systemælaogaiæbecome as notorious as the Soviet gulag. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (Nov.)
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