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Revenge of the Forbidden City: The Suppression of the Falungong in China, 1999-2005

James W. Tong


The Falungong movement originated in 1992 as a system of breathing exercises designed to promote health and well-being. Riding on the coattails of the qigong fever that swept through China, it attracted an extensive following until 1994, when the Chinese government suppressed the qigong movement. A series of protest rallies by Falungong organizations against local government repression set in motion an upward spiral of conflict that culminated in the siege of the Party headquarters in Beijing on April 25, 1999, by more than 20,000 Falungong practitioners. This book begins with the shock of the ... More

Keywords: Falungong movement, qigong movement, government repression, siege, Chinese government, propaganda, dissent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195377286
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377286.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James W. Tong, author
University of California, Los Angeles