Welcome to Stories of Communism, the podcast where we review and discuss the firsthand testimony of those who lived through the horrors of Communism over the past century. This is Erik Seligman, your co-host, along with Manuel Castaneda, recording from the suburbs of Portland, Oregon.
Today we have another great interview episode: we will be speaking to Chinese refugee Jennifer Zeng. Jennifer spent her young childhood among the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, and then grew up to find herself persecuted in the late 1990s for her practice of a modern qigong offshoot known as Falun Gong. She described her harrowing experiences in a memoir called “Witnessing History: One Woman’s Fight for Freedom and Falun Gong”. Manuel and I were recently able to chat with her over the phone about her experiences.
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I think we should all keep Jennifer’s story in mind whenever we’re shopping and see a “Made in China” label on some merchandise. But once again, we have just touched on a few of Jennifer’s experiences in today’s chat— there is a lot more detail in her memoir. You can find more information and a link to the book in our show notes at storiesofcommunism.com .
And this has been your story of Communism for today.