Mother of Simon Zhang
On Chinese New Year (three days before the Beijing Winter Olympics' Opening Ceremony), police arrested and detained Ms. Yunzhi Ji. Authorities attempted to silence her because she was previously found with paper notes, stickers, and materials printed with Falun Gong information in her home. After two weeks in detention, she fell into a coma due to the abuse and passed away 49 days after her initial arrest.
(Pictured: Simon with his mother in China, undated.)
Yunzhi Ji / 季云芝 – Gender: Female
Current status: Ji died on March 21, 2022.
Reason for Detention: Arrested on February 1, Chinese New Year; in September 2021 police ransacked home and found over 100 Falun Gong related publications and 40 related USBs.
Past Detentions: She became disabled during forced labor terms in 2001 and 2008.
Current location: Inner Mongolia, China
Family Residence: New York City
Ms. Yunzhi Ji was married to Mr. Zhang. They had two sons and daughters-in-law who emigrated to the United States. Because her eldest grandson was too young, her son left the child with her in China.
When the boy turned six, Ms. Ji wanted to take him to the U.S. and went to apply for a passport in 2017. The police first told her that the application was approved and sent her home, but immigration officer called later and told her that the passport could not be issued due to technical problems.
Later, Ms. Ji’s younger son asked her to come to the U.S. for the birth of his child. She went to the police department several times to apply for a passport but was never allowed to meet with any of the officers.
One of her sons, Mr. Simon Zhang, is currently an architect in New York.