The Falun Gong Story

When the Chinese Communist Party launched the persecution campaign against Falun Gong 20 years ago, the world was, understandably, caught off-guard. After all, few in the west even knew what Falun Gong was, nor did they realize there were 100 million people doing Falun Gong in China at the time.

While some western media did their homework and produced investigative reports that provided real insight into the crisis (in 2001, the Wall Street Journal won a Pulitzer Prize exposing the violent campaign against Falun Gong practitioners and the Washington Post followed with their own ground-breaking coverage), for the most part, news coverage of Falun Gong has been very sparse, and in some cases, framed by the Chinese regime’s relentless drum of propaganda.

So, what’s the real story?

What is Falun Gong really all about, what exactly is happening in China, and what is the impact?

The following articles aim to answer these questions and more…


The Falun Gong Story


01 | Ancient Roots, Almost Lost

  • Origins of Falun Gong
  • History of Qigong and Its Relationship to Buddhism, Taoism
  • What is Tao, the Way, or the Fa?
  • Destruction of Traditional Culture by the Chinese Communist Party
  • Introduction of Falun Gong and Cultural Renewal in China
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02 | The Rise of Falun Gong

  • Falun Gong’s Humble Beginnings
  • Miraculous Healing Effects of Falun Gong
  • How are Falun Gong Teachings Different from Other Schools
  • “The True Ancient, Good Things are Coming Back!”
  • Praise by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security
  • Praise by the Chinese State-run Media
  • Awards and Recognitions of Falun Gong and Mr. Li
  • Falun Gong Books Became National Bestsellers
  • 100 Million Learning Falun Dafa Around the World
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03 | Eve of Persecution

  • Falun Gong Withdraws from the State-run Qigong Association
  • State-run Media Start to Criticize and Attack Falun Gong
  • April 25, 1999: Gathering at Zhongnanhai
  • Angered Jiang Zemin Pursues Crackdown
  • Response of Chinese lawyers and International Experts
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04 | Terror Unleashed

  • July 20, 1999: The Crackdown Begins
  • “Eradicate Them in 3 Months” – Jiang Zemin
  • Gestapo-like “610 Office”
  • Police Raids, Kidnapping, Imprisonment
  • Nationwide Burning of Falun Gong Books
  • Show Trial: 18 Years in Prison for Practicing Falun Gong
  • Torture and First Deaths in Custody
  • Practitioner’s Last Resort: Tiananmen Square
  • The Crippling Cost of Tyranny
  • Propaganda is Failing.
  • The Tiananmen “Self-immolation”: A Hoax that Turns the Tide
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05 | Violent Suppression of 100 Million People

  • Why is Falun Gong Persecuted?
  • Torture
  • Imprisonment and Brainwashing
  • Organ Harvesting
  • Censorship and Propaganda Fuel Violence
  • Social and Economic Impact
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06 | Peaceful Resistance

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