Revenge of the Forbidden City: The Suppression of the Falungong in China, 1999-2008

Hardcover | October 29, 2009

byJames Tong

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By 1999, the Falungong religious movement had spread widely and broadly throughout China. While on the surface its ideology of spiritual and physical cultivation did not seem threatening, the Chinese government felt otherwise. That year, the government cracked down hard on the movement, andits successful repression of it over a six year period is a textbook example of how the Chinese state operates in the face of perceived internal threats. Its success in containing the movement speaks volumes about the regime's resilience as well. Revenge of the Forbidden City is the definitiveaccount of China's response to Falungong. As James Tong shows, the episode also tells us a great deal about the Chinese state's political institutions, its media apparatus, and its formidable ability to crush dissent. The result is a book that will be essential for any scholar interested in howthe Chinese state actually operates.

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By 1999, the Falungong religious movement had spread widely and broadly throughout China. While on the surface its ideology of spiritual and physical cultivation did not seem threatening, the Chinese government felt otherwise. That year, the government cracked down hard on the movement, andits successful repression of it over a six yea...

James Tong is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at UCLA.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:October 29, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195377281

ISBN - 13:9780195377286

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Preparing for the Crackdown3. Law Enforcement Operations Post-Crackdown4. The Anti-Falungong News Media Campaign5. Curing the Patient - Conversion Programs6. Organization Structure of the Campaign7. Party Meetings Announcing the Ban8. Evaluation of the Anti-Falungong Campaign9. Conclusion