Do you feel that your social studies and history curriculum is static, boring, and too Western-centric? Do you think your students might welcome lessons that cover the appalling, brutal, and still incredibly relevant nature of the Chinese Communist Party? Do you feel that your unit on the Cold War, history of communism, or history of the 20th century is limited due to its exclusion of the Chinese story? Do you want to prepare your students with a basic understanding of modern Chinese history given the reality of today’s global economy?

Do your students know that Chairman Mao was responsible for more than five times the death toll (via executions, policy induced famine, torture, war, nuclear testing, political purging, etc…) that Adolf Hitler is associated with? Can your students explain the cultural differences between Tibetan Chinese, Uyghur Chinese, and Han Chinese people? Chances are that your textbook does not adequately cover the turbulent history of the soon-to-be  world’s largest economy.

If you interested in organizing a student group to come to the Laogai Museum, please do not hesitate to contact us. Student groups are given guided tours that can range anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour depending on how many questions are asked. In addition, if time allows, student groups are given the opportunity to speak with Lagai survivor and Laogai Museum founder Harry Wu.

We are located just a three minute walk from the Dupont Circle Metro Station. Please email or call us if you would like to schedule a tour:

Laogai Museum
1734 20th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
museum@laogai.org
(202) 730-9308

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. In the early morning of June 4, 1989, the People’s Liberation Army, equipped with tanks and assault rifles, massacred an unknown number of unarmed civilians. The violent crackdown ended month-long demonstrations initiated by university students in Beijing calling on the Party to combat corruption and carry out political reforms. Casualty estimates range from a few hundred to thousands dead.

The Chinese Communist Party regime, fearing a threat to their legitimacy, strictly forbids any open discussion or remembrance of the Tiananmen Square Protests. The government also censors Internet materials related to the protests.  Not only is “June 4” a forbidden phrase, words that have similar pronunciation to “June 4” are also censored. Twenty-five years after the bloody crackdown, most Chinese youth either do not know of the incident or do not consider it important.

From May 31 to June 4, the Laogai Research Foundation hosted a photo exhibition to commemorate the people who were killed in the tragic event, as well as express our deepest respect to those who lost their loved ones and those who have been persecuted by the Communist regime for speaking up for the truth.

The exhibition was well received. People from all walks of life came to see the photos and watched the documentary Tank Man. Many were deeply touched by the students’ idealism and bravery. One elderly visitor said to our staff, “Almost every American knows about the ‘Tank Man.’ When I see him, I feel he is China. How courageous he was! Undoubtedly, Chinese democracy has hope.”

We do not believe that the Chinese Communist regime will be able to wipe out the memories of the Massacre from the minds of the Chinese people. We firmly believe that the day of justice will eventually come. Those who were killed in the Massacre and those who have been prosecuted for uncovering the truth will be recognized and honored. Those who killed unarmed innocent civilians will have to ask for forgiveness from the Chinese people.

Laogai Research Foundation
June 10, 2014

Our museum will be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014.

Tiananmen Square

Please join us in remembering the victims of the June 4th, 1989 turmoil

When: May 31 to June 4, 2014 from 4-6:30pm

Where: 1734 20th St., Washington D.C., 20009

Event starts at 4pm every afternoon

Tiananmen Square Massacre Photos will be exhibited

Film screening of the PBS Frontline Documentary The Tank Man from 5pm to 6:30pm

Refreshments will be served.

Please send an email with the subject “RSVP” to museum@laogai.org to RSVP.

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