Great Wall of Confinement The Chinese Prison Camp Through Contemporary Fiction and Reportage

ISBN-10: 0520244028

ISBN-13: 9780520244023

Edition: 2004

Authors: Philip F. Williams, Yenna Wu

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China is the only major world power to have entered the twenty-first century with a thriving prison camp network--a frightening, mostly hidden realm known since 1951 as the laogai system. This book, the most comprehensive study of China's prison camps to date, draws from a wide range of primary sources, including many compelling literary documents, to illuminate life inside China's prison camps. Focusing mainly on the second half of the twentieth century, Philip F. Williams and Yenna Wu outline the evolution of the laogai system, construct a vivid picture of prisoners' lives from arrest and interrogation to release, and provide a troubling new perspective on the human rights issues plaguing China.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/17/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

List of Illustrations
The Cultural Foundations of China's Prison Camp System
Premodern China's Legacy of Nonpunitive Forced Labor
Imperial China's Heritage of Forced Labor and Exile for Convicts
Late Qing and Early Republican Era Legal Reforms
Prison and Conscript Labor under the Guomindang
The Development of the Chinese Communist Prison Camp
The Jiangxi Soviet's Inaugural CCP Camp System, 1931-34
Proximate Influences: The CCP Guerrilla Bases and the USSR
Establishment of the PRC Laogai Camps
The Rise of PRC Camps for Reeducation through Labor
The Rise and Steep Decline of "Forced Job Placement" for Released Inmates
The PRC Prison Camp (I): From Arrest to Forced Labor
Detention Centers and the Pressure to Confess
Going before a Court or Tribunal
Transit Prisons and Transport to Camp
Socialization in the Prison Camp
Prison Food and Clothing
Barracks Life and Sanitation
Vermin and Disease
Forced Labor
The PRC Prison Camp (II): From Struggle Sessions to Release or Death
The Party-State's Implicit Strategies for Control over Prisoners
"Study" and Struggle Sessions
Prison Argot
The Isolation Cell
Bruising "Help" from Activist Prisoners
Torture at the Hands of Prison Guards and Officials
Inmate Death and Its Aftermath
Release back into Society
Prison Writings
From Taboo-Enforced Silence to Active Development
Four Categories of Prison Writings
Ex-inmates' Motivations for Writing
The Prison Camp Stay as a Transitional Device
Structural Features of Prison Wall Fiction
The Romantic Laogai Camp
Western-Language Nonfiction
Western-Language Fiction
Nonfiction in East Asian Languages
Fiction in East Asian Languages
Chinese Character Glossary
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