Dark Secrets Behind Flashy Merchandise – Slave Labor Products by Sichuan Province Women’s Prison (Part 3)

October 17, 2013 | By a Falun Gong practitioner from Sichuan Province

(Minghui.org) (Continued from Part 2:http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2013/10/11/142653.html )

Yue Embroidery

All the sketches shown in the photos are Yue embroidery designs.

Are these embroidery designs not pleasant to the eyes? Certainly, silk bed covers embroidered with these designs, using colorful silk threads, are appealing. At a bargain price, who wouldn’t buy them? After all, it is quite unlikely that anyone would even dream that behind these colorful products with their intricate designs are heartbreaking stories.

Additional patterns: http://pkg2.minghui.org/mh/2013/8/26/yue-xiu.zip

Seventy individual patterns are combined and embroidered on bedcovers by Falun Gong practitioners and other inmates. Yet, they are not paid.

For certain, these embroidered products are elegant and to be admired. However, before becoming delighted by the bargain price one should ask, “Under what circumstances were these products produced?”

Embroidered products are desirable if produced by a willing workforce, but for prisoners who are persecuted for their faith, producing these products is an agonizing process full of suffering. These prisoners are forced to produce large quantities and given a untenable quota. Besides there are deadlines that are very difficult to be met.

The workers are given the bare minimum of raw materials. Any faulty embroidery is cut off and redone. Anyone who doesn’t meet the deadline and quota is subjected to physical punishment and torture. Many relatively rich inmates are paying skilled inmates to do the work and in some cases they bribe prison guards to get a free pass.

When working on embroideries, inmates have to remain in a fixed position for a long period of time with no break. This is devastating to their health. In addition, they are allowed only a short time for eating and restroom visits. Besides, any time away from work has to be approved by a prison guards.

Producing these embroidered products is heartbreaking work. Sitting there and embroidering all day long is already difficult, but the worst is the fear that they may be punished if they don’t meet quotas and deadlines.

It is hard to imagine that these people have to work despite suffering back pain. Also, many develop poor eyesight due to the dim light in the workshop, which doesn’t get better when transferred to other jobs.

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Dark Secrets Behind Flashy Merchandise – Slave Labor Products by Sichuan Province Women’s Prison (Part 2)

October 11, 2013 | by a Falun Gong practitioner in Sichuan Province

(Minghui.org) (Continued from Part 1:http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2013/9/13/141981.html )

For practicing Falun Gong, the communist regime sentenced me to Sichuan Province Women’s Prison in Yangmahe Town, Jianyang City. The following images are copies of designs we used to make Shu embroidery in prison. I secretly traced the patterns on carbon paper while making the products.

Shu Embroidery

There are two kinds of Shu embroidery: single-sided and double-sided. Shu embroidery requires splitting a thread into multiple strands. These embroidery patterns are designed for handkerchiefs to be sold in the Sanxingdui tourist areas. There are many patterns like this. There are also larger pieces of embroidery. For example, I used to embroider on Korean dresses that were exported to South Korea. The collars and wristbands were covered with embroidery.

But how many people know that these delicate dresses came from Chinese prisons?

Many Falun Gong practitioners and prisoners were forced to create these delicate Shu embroidery pieces. They had to work for more than ten hours per day. If they could not finish their quota, they would get two kinds of torture in monthly sessions.

Torture Used on Those Who Failed to Meet Quotas

1. “Planting Seedlings” Torture: The victims are forced to stand with legs straight and their finger tips touching toes for as long as several hours. Many victims passed out, but they were forced to continue this position after being revived.

2. “Tying with Rope” Torture. First, the rope was wet. Several guards and prisoners pin the victim to the ground, then tie the victim’s hands together behind his/her back. Then chopsticks are used to tighten the rope.

Torture Re-enactment: Tying with Rope

The pain of this torture is indescribable. I suffered this kind of torture on my first day in prison because I refused to give them my copies of articles by Master Li Hongzhi. My hands and fingertips still felt numb after a couple of months, making me incapable of handling lots of little things in daily life. The day after the torture, the guards forced me to do slave labor, claiming that I should earn my meals.

Many practitioners in this prison suffered this kind of torture, which caused some women to suffer gynecological problems. Many practitioners were forced to do embroidery for long hours, plus frequent torture, making their vision quickly drop so they were not able to embroider any more. Then they were forced to do other work. The prison forced detainees to do intensive work to exhaust their vision and physical strength until they could make no more profit.

These two kinds of torture were generally applied to all prisoners. There were more torture approaches particular to Falun Gong practitioners: solitary confinement; not being allowed to wash or change underwear; cursing and beating, etc.

(to be continued)

Ancient Chinese Inventors and Inventions

By Kan Zhong Guo Staff

30/03/2012

Magnetic Compass
People of the Zheng and Qin Dynasty

According to history, the world’s first magnetic compass was constructed in China during the Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.). The first compass was made by balancing a piece of loadstone carved in the shape of a ladle on a round, bronze plate. The first person to use the compass for navigational purposes was Zheng He (1371-1435), a Muslim from Yunnan Province. He made seven ocean voyages between 1405 and 1433, according to the wishes of the emperor at that time.

Zhou Dynasty 

Chinese medicine was not founded by one particular person. Rather, it came into being through the group efforts of various people who painstakingly contributed to its advancement. According to The Book of Rites (literally “record of rites”), which described the social forms, governmental system, and ceremonial rites of the Zhou Dynasty (1050 c.–256 B.C.), recorded the court physicians’ division of medical teachings into internal medicine, surgery, nutrition, and veterinary medicine. The Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine, which appeared during the Warring States period (475-221 B.C.), systematically presented what was known in China as physiology, pathology, diagnostics, treatment, and preventive medicine. Bian Que, a noted physician at that time, was the first person to use a patient’s pulse to diagnosis illnesses. Shen Nong’s Cannon on Materia Medica, which was China’s earliest book on pharmacology, was systematically compiled during the first century. The physician, Hua Tuo, a famous physician in the 2nd century, performed abdominal surgery using a special anesthetic powder.

Warring States and Taoist Alchemists 

Although many different groups and individuals helped invent gunpowder, Taoist alchemists were among the most important contributors to this invention. During the reign of Emperor Wu Di (156-87 B.C.) of the Han Dynasty, extensive research was done in the field of eternal life. Some of the substances used by the alchemists in their studies were sulfur and saltpeter, and as such, many fires broke out. Wei Boyang, a famous Taoist alchemist of the Eastern Han Dynasty and author of the book, Book of Kinship of the Three, is recognized as the first person to have documented the chemical composition of gunpowder in 142 AD. By the 8th century, in the mid-Tang Dynasty, sulfur and saltpeter were combined with charcoal to create what is known today as huoyao or gunpowder.

Tang Dynasty and Bi Sheng 

The technique of using carved wood blocks to print images and text appeared in the Tang dynasty, during the 7th century. Block printing reached it’s golden age during the Song dynasty, between 960-1279, as the ruling class at that time encouraged the central and local governments to publish large number of books. Movable type was first invented by Bi Sheng of the Song dynasty between 1041 and 1048. Bi Sheng’s invention was recorded by his contemporary, Shen Kuo, in his Dreampool Essays. During the 13-14th centuries, Wang Zhen made an important contribution to the development of movable type printing when he replaced the fragile clay-based printing blocks with a durable type of wood.

Ts’ai Lun 

The year 105 A.D. is often cited as the year in which papermaking was invented. Historical records show that Ts’ai Lun, an official of the Imperial Court reported the invention to the Eastern Han Emperor Ho-di. However, according to the World Archaeological Congress eNewsletter 11, August 2006, 200 pieces of ancient paper were recently discovered in the Xuanquanzhi ruins of Dunhuang in China’s northwest Gansu Province. The papers contained legible Chinese writings dating back to 8 B.C. and are believed to have been made during the period of Emperor Wu, who reigned between 140 BC and 86 BC. Whether or not Ts’ai Lun was the actual inventor of paper, he is still credited with playing a major role in developing a material that revolutionized papermaking in his country.

Western Zhou 

Another important contribution by the Chinese is Chinese embroidery. Archaeological evidence shows that embroidery dates back to the Western Zhou period (11th-8th centuries B.C.). In 1974, archaeologists found evidence of embroidery in an excavated tomb in Baoji Shaanxi Province. The tomb contained impressions of plaited stitch embroidery. With the arrival of the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220), embroidery was used extensively for decorating garments and articles for daily use.

Lei Zu the Wife of the Yellow Emperor Huang Di 

One of China’s greatest contributions to the world was the production of raw silk and the raising of silkworms. Legend has it that Lei Zu, the wife of the Yellow Emperor of Chia, was sitting under a mulberry tree in her palace garden, when all of a sudden she heard a rustling in the leaves above her. When she looked up, she saw silkworms spinning their cocoons. So she took one in her hand and found that the silken thread was shining, soft, and flexible. She then thought that if she could wind the silken thread off of the cocoon and weave it into cloth, the clothes produced from the silk would be very beautiful.

(Think Quest)

Source – http://en.kanzhongguo.com/culture_history/ancient_chinese_inventors_and_inventions.html