Xu Hongci

Xu Hongci was sent to Mao Zedong's labor reform camps in 1957. After failed escape attempts, the young medical student broke out in 1972. He later married and built a new life. He was able to return home only after Mao's death.

Stories By Xu Hongci

One Man’s Daring Escape from Mao’s Darkest Prison

In 1958, thousands of Chinese citizens were sent to brutal labor camps where life was hell and leaving was impossible—but that didn't stop one man from trying. Half a century...