The Chinese regime has blocked a US-based website honoring the victims of the Cultural Revolution
The Chinese communist regime recently blocked a memorial website for the victims of the Cultural Revolution, a small online platform personally run by a University of Chicago professor.
It was the second time the site had been blocked by the regime.
The Cultural Revolution, officially known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, was a communist sociopolitical movement that took place in China between 1966 and 1976. Historians have estimated that the movement claimed millions of lives in China before ending by the death of the president. Mao Zedong in 1976.
Youqin Wang is a professor of Chinese language in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Since 2000, she has maintained an online space named “Chinese Holocaust Memorial – Memorial for Victims of The Chinese Cultural Revolution”. The site publishes the personal stories of victims of the Cultural Revolution. The stories Wang uploaded were checked with details one by one and recorded by herself. Currently, the website contains detailed stories of over 1,000 victims.
The original website was launched in October 2000, but only survived 17 months, before being censored by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) internet police. However, the stories published by Wang caught the attention of American media outside of China.
In January this year, Wang launched a new website, after which Wang received many comments from her readers living in China, praising her new site. In recognition of his efforts, Wang received this year’s special award from the Chinese Democratic Education Foundation (CDEF), a California-based nonprofit whose mission is to promote democracy in China.
“We awarded Youqin Wang the special contribution award in the hope of encouraging more people to make efforts to investigate the details of the bloody crimes committed by the Chinese Communist Party,” said Zheng Fang, chairman of CDEF. in a phone interview with The Epoch Times. Fang himself was a victim of CCP brutality in 1989, when both of his legs were crushed by Chinese military tanks during the Tiananmen Square massacre.
But shortly after Wang received the CDEF award in June, Wang was told by her readers in China that they were no longer able to access the new link.
This time, Wang’s website survived less than six months.
“History will not be just a number [of a total death toll]. The story should be detailed stories of individuals,” Wang told The Epoch Times, explaining what motivated her to start collecting the stories of victims.
Wang began writing investigative reports on victims of the Cultural Revolution in 1986. His first report concerned the vice principal of his high school, who was beaten to death by Red Guard students on August 5, 1966. Wang witnessed the crime herself. The report was then published in English in 2001 and in Japanese in 2017.
The Red Guards were a student-led paramilitary social movement that was established during the Cultural Revolution by Mao’s followers.
Wang told The Epoch Times that through her own investigation, she identified more than 1,700 people who died as a result of political persecution in Beijing in 1966. In the high school she attended, in addition to the death of the vice principal, three teachers are committed suicide because of political persecution. persecutions.
In his article titled “Humanity Day,” published in October 2017, Wang wrote the following paragraph to describe how the CCP’s “class struggle” unfolded during the Cultural Revolution:
“Unlike Stalin’s ‘show trials’, the Chinese ‘struggle session’ did not even attempt to sham a lawsuit. Unlike the remote organized “Gulag Archipelago” of the Soviet Union, China’s system of so-called “barns” were informal prisons established at every workplace where not only millions of innocent victims were murdered, but also poisoned the morality of the Chinese people.
Wang was born in 1952 and grew up in Beijing. Both of his parents were university professors. After the Cultural Revolution began in May 1966, both her parents were called “counter-revolutionaries” because Wang’s father openly criticized the Cultural Revolution as unconstitutional. Both of Wang’s parents have personally experienced the CCP’s political persecution.
After high school, Wang was sent to Yunnan, a remote province in western China, to be re-educated by peasants. During the years of the Cultural Revolution, Mao sent all young adults from urban areas after high school to rural villages to be re-educated by peasants. The CCP has called this process the “Movement to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside.”
After Mao’s death in 1976, Chinese colleges and universities began admitting students in 1977 based on examinations. Wang took the exam in Yunnan Province and got the highest score in the province. However, no university admitted her because her parents were considered counter-revolutionaries.
Wang took the exam again in 1979 and got the highest score in the whole country. She was eventually admitted to Peking University. Wang eventually got his doctorate. in China and came to the United States in 1988 as a professor of Chinese language at Stanford University.
In a telephone interview with The Epoch Times, Wang said that during the Cultural Revolution, 63 people died from political persecution at Peking University, but only one of the victims’ remains were found and buried. Wang hopes the online Chinese Holocaust Memorial can serve as the final resting place for victims like the 62 whose bodies were never found.
Since the new website was launched in January, many family members of victims in China have visited Professor Wang’s online platform to read the stories of their relatives who died during the Cultural Revolution.
This website is no longer accessible to them.