Jane Dai Fadu Dai

Personal Accounts

The persecution of Falun Gong targeted 100 million people in China, and decimated countless families and communities across China. Below, we offer a glimpse into the human cost of this persecution with up-close and personal stories of those who were killed, those who survived, and those struggling to the freedom of others. These are their stories…

The persecution of Falun Gong targeted 100 million people in China, and decimated countless families and communities across China. These are their stories…

Husband of You Ling

Mr. Zhou Deyong, a senior geological engineer in Shandong Province, was arrested in a police sweep with 10 other Falun Gong practitioners and their family members on April 23, 2021. He has since been held at the Binhai Detention Center.

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Full family photo of the Wang's in China, 1994. Pictured left to right are the two oldest daughters, mother Mrs. Aihua Liu, daughter Lydia Wang, son Steven Wang and father Mr. Guanghui Wang.

Mother of Steven and Lydia Wang

Steven Wang, a principal dancer in New York, remembers when he received news of his father’s passing in 2009. His parents both practiced Falun Gong, a spiritual Buddhist faith that is now being persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party. In 2016, his widowed mother attempted to visit him in New York for his wedding but Chinese authorities blocked her from leaving due to her faith in Falun Gong.

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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.

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Mother of Amy Yu

Amy Yu, a fashion designer in London, has not seen her parents in 22 years. In 2016, Amy’s parents attempted to visit her in London but Chinese authorities blocked them. After rejecting their passport and visa applications, her parents were told they would never become passport holders because of their faith in Falun Gong.

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Mother of Lucy Liu

Lucy’s mother, Liu Yan, was arrested by Chinese authorities on Sept. 30, 2021, in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province in southwest China, and has been detained there ever since. Prior to this recent arrest, both of Lucy’s parents were sentenced to several years in prison where they were “tortured, brainwashed, and forced into slave labour,” according to Lucy.

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Parents of Grace Chen

In October of 2020, Grace Chen’s parents were studying the teachings of Falun Gong with other Falun Gong practitioners in Changsha city when police broke in and arrested them all. Subsequently, they have been detained and denied communication with family. 16-year-old Grace, who is studying in New York, calls upon all kindhearted people to help rescue her parents.

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Sister of Wendy Zhao

On February 5, 2020, Mr. Xie and his wife, Zhao, were arrested by the police from Guilin Qixing police station in the name of “checking body temperature.” The officers confiscated Falun Gong books and other related paraphernalia. On February 8, 2020, the police admitted that they were arrested for handing out Falun Gong materials. Ms. Zhao’s older sister, Wendy Zhao, currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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