Category Archives: Murong Xuecun

Murong Xuecun: A Land China Loves and Hates

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HONG KONG — On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, a major Chinese television network broadcast a documentary that investigated how Chinese people viewed not only those pivotal events but America itself. One man, referring to the slaughter of thousands of Americans, declared, “What a beautiful job!” Another said, “They should give America more of the same.” And a student standing in Tiananmen Square said he approved of the attacks because the United States was a bully and a hegemon.

Later in the film, the young man in Tiananmen Square went on Continue reading

MURONG XUECUN: Scaling China’s Great Firewall

By MURONG XUECUN August 21, 2015

In the fall of 2011, a friend and I got on to discussing Tibet. “Do you know,” he said, “that Tibetans are setting fire to themselves?”

I had spent from 2005 to 2008 in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, but I had never heard of acts of self-immolation. My friend filled me in on the ghastly details, Continue reading

MURONG XUECUN: Corrupting the Chinese Language


May 28, 2015

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On a recent walk along a street in the southern Chinese city of Sanya, I heard a shop pumping out a rock version of the famous Communist Party anthem “Socialism Is Good.” Continue reading

Murong Xuecun:Xi’s Selective Punishment

JAN. 16, 2015

HONG KONG — A Chinese government official I know was put under shuanggui, the secretive system of internal Communist Party investigation in which victims are detained, questioned without counsel and sometimes tortured. Continue reading

MURONG XUECUN:Beijing’s Rising Smear Power

SEPT. 21, 2014

BEIJING — Chinese dissidents are constantly subject to all sorts of harassment. The artist Ai Weiwei can’t leave the country to attend exhibitions of his own work. Continue reading

MURONG XUECUN: Under Beijing’s Eyes

AUG. 18, 2014


BEIJING — In the summer of 2000, a colleague gave me a sealed folder containing my personal file. He told me that our employer, Continue reading

MURONG XUECUN: China’s Clampdown on ‘Evil Cults’

JUNE 17, 2014


On June 1, my friend Pastor Wang Yi of the Early Rain Reformed Church in Chengdu was arrested while distributing anti-forced-abortion leaflets. The stated grounds for detaining him were “illegal advertising.” Continue reading

MURONG XUECUN:I, Too, Will Stand Up for Tiananmen

MAY 22, 2014

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SYDNEY, Australia — On May 6 three of my friends were arrested in Beijing on Continue reading