Immediately following the announcement of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on October 8, 2010, Ding Zilin (丁子霖), a representative of the Tiananmen Mothers, and her husband, Jiang Peikun (蒋培坤), were put under house arrest by police authorities, first in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, and then in Beijing. For 74 days, from October 8 until their release on December 20, they lost all forms of communication with the outside world, as if, in their words, they just “evaporated from life.”
“House Arrest in the Shadow of a ‘Rising Power’” (一份迟到的“大国崛起”阴影下的幽禁纪略) is a record by Ding and Jiang of their experiences during what they call “the loneliest and most painful days of our lives.”
The original Chinese text was recently released at Democratic China. At the request of Ding and Jiang, Human Rights in China (HRIC) has translated the essay into English.