18-year-old Zhang Ning died under suspicious circumstances on a school campus. Instead of getting help and answers, the grieving family faced violence and obstacles.
China’s leaders believe that the main cause of radicalism – including protests in Hong Kong – is deficient patriotism and insufficient exposure to communist ideology.
An 83-year-old former engineer recounts to Bitter Winter his ordeal petitioning for rightful retirement benefits: brutally beaten and locked in a mental hospital.
Three-Self churches ordered to change extensively, replacing religious symbols with communist paraphernalia. If the Party is not satisfied, they risk being closed.
Colleges and universities in Henan Province introduce new restrictions on the procurement and management of religious materials in their libraries.
A recently issued document calls for the closure, repurposing, and strict supervision of religious venues, exerting personal responsibility on officials in charge.
After an ancient temple was repurposed for an activity center, believers continue their religious practices in secret, without seeing the statues of deities.
In China, where freedom is not free, decorating one’s own home or having a “sensitive” social media username is a license to be arrested or even sent to jail.