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CRF 2004, No.4 - Growing Up in China

[CRF No.4, 2004 cover]

Fate and Choice

  • The Enduring Legacy of Blood Lineage Theory
    Yongyi Song explores how a political movement born on China's campuses nearly 40 years ago continues to make its influence felt in today's Chinese society.

  • The Scars of Youth
    Song Xiaoying describes the experience of growing up as a "class enemy" in the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Reincarnations
    An anonymous essayist offers satirical speculation over the fates of certain famous scientists if they had been born in China.

  • One Word - Plastics
    An Internet poster describes ten professions avoided by China's graduates.

  • Learning from Ma Jiajue
    Zheng Yichun and Wang Shaoyan present different perspectives on the factors that may have helped turn a promising university student into a murderer.

  • Broken Flowers
    Zeng Renquan learns more than he wants to know about underage prostitution from a man out rounding up country girls for the trade.

  • An Inside View
    Zhang Youjie reports on the observations of a former government lawyer, Yu Meisun, who witnessed the importance of family bonds to prisoners.

  • Juvenile Crime Fact Sheet
    Statistics and official policies regarding juvenile crime in China.


In the House of Oppression

  • Address Unknown
    Gao Ertai, a dissident artist and writer,offers a tribute to the persevering spirit of his daughter, Gao Lin.

  • Where Have All the Young Girls Gone?
    Si-si Liu examines China's attempts to address the effects of its coercive one-child policy.

  • A Dissident and His Daughters
    Dissident Zhang Lin reflects on his efforts to build a family under China's oppressive political and social conditions.
    (Translation from Zhang Lin's longer Chinese essay)

  • A Mother's Story
    Jin Yanming, the wife of imprisoned dissident Liu Jingsheng, describes her triumph against adversity in raising her son after Liu's arrest in 1992.

  • Death Row Study Session
    Zeng Linlin recalls her childhood experience of being forced to denounce her own mother, the Cultural Revolutionary dissident Zhang Zhixing.

  • My Name is Nian
    Eight-year-old Nian Hu describes her hopes as a child of exile.


Regular Features

  • Off Topic: New York's Underground Chinese Church
    Ann Noonan reports on fears that the long arm of religious oppression has extended to New York's Chinese Catholics.
  • Cultural Reviews

    Charting a Morally Just Course for China
    Baopu Liu reviews Bruce Gilley's China's Democratic Future: How It Will Happen and Where It Will Lead.

    A Record for Every Victim
    Hu Ping reviews Wang Youqin's Victims of the Cultural Revolution: An Investigative Account of Persecution, Imprisonment and Murder.

    Sufei's "Choice"
    Stacy Mosher reviews the Laogai Foundation's Better Ten Graves than One Extra Birth.

    A Balm in Henan
    Tsoi Wing-mui reviews Yuan Zhiming's documentary The Cross: Jesus in China.

  • Resource List
  • Collateral Damage
    Children caught up in religious repression in China

  • Prisoner Profile
    Hu Shigen

  • Action
    What you can do about the issues discussed.

  • HRIC Bulletin
    HRIC's activities in August through October 2004

  • The Other Toy Story: Workers' Rights in China
    An HRIC Briefing examines issues affecting workers that make the vast majority of the toys that consumers will purchase this holiday season.