Groups Visit Laogai Museum

Posted: March 27, 2014 in New Museum

The last several weeks have been busy for the Laogai Museum.

On Thursday, February 20, a group of senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security Immigrations and Customs Enforcement visited the Laogai Museum to gain a better understanding of human rights issues in China and the ongoing exportation of labor camp products into countries like the United States. Following the museum tour, the officials participated in a lengthy discussion with Laogai Research Foundation Staff on strategies to strengthen enforcement of existing laws prohibiting the importation of labor camp products into the US.

Several students groups also visited the museum. Over a dozen University of Maryland students received a guided tour. Issues discussed during the tour included how the Chinese Communist Party has maintained power over the decades and what China’s human rights legacy will be as it becomes more of global power. High school students from the Stony Ridge School were also given a tour, watched a short documentary, and enjoyed a question and answer period with Harry Wu.

If you interested in organizing a student group to come to the Laogai Museum, please don’t 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 Laogai Museum founder and internationally recognized human rights advocate Harry Wu.


Laogai Museum New Promotional Video

Posted: February 5, 2014 in New Museum

The Laogai Museum is pleased to announce its new promotional video. The video is roughly twelve minutes long and functions as a virtual tour of the museum. If you plan on coming to the museum in the future, it might be helpful to view this video beforehand. Or, if you cannot attend the museum for whatever reason, this video can substitute for your missed museum experience. At any rate, we are pleased to announce this new video and its immense educational value. You can view the video by clicking here!

Effective December 2, 2013, the Laogai Museum will be open 7 days a week from 10am-6pm. We are pleased to announce these extended hours! As always, the Laogai Museum has free admission. We are still located on the corner of S and 20th streets just north of the Dupont Circle metro station.


A group of 107 high school students visited the Laogai Museum as part of Hampton University’s Pre-College Summer Program. The students received guided tours of the artifacts on display in the museum from Laogai Research Foundation staff and were treated to a presentation delivered by Executive Director Harry Wu on his Imageexperiences in China’s laogai system. The Chinese Communist Party arrested Mr. Wu in 1960 for being a “counter-revolutionary rightist.” He subsequently spent 19 years in various labor camps before being released in 1979.

The Laogai Museum features exhibits, archived documents, and original artifacts depicting the horrors of China’s laogai system, China’s vast system of detention facilities in which countless political prisoners are incarcerated. The museum exists to raise awareness of the laogai system and human rights abuses perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party.

If you would like to reserve a group tour of the museum and participate in a discussion with Laogai Research Foundation Executive Director Harry Wu about China’s laogai system, please contact us at or at 202-408-8300.

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 5 times the death toll (via executions, policy induced famine, torture, war, nuclear testing, political purging, etc…) that Adolf Hitler is associated with? Do your students know that the China is by far the most populous country in the world? Can your students explain the extreme cultural differences between Tibetan Chinese, Uyghur Chinese, and Han Chinese people? Chances are that your textbook does not adequately cover the turbulent history of arguably the soon-to-be most influential country in the world.

The Laogai Research Foundation has recently employed Cole Mitchell, a history graduate student who has a background in teaching high school government, world history, and world geography. Cole’s passion lies in creating innovative lesson plans that pique the interest of students. If you are interested in working with Cole to develop lesson plans for your classes that align with state standards and classroom learning objectives, please don’t hesitate to contact him. He can be reached at the contact information below:


Cole Mitchell

Laogai Research Foundation

1734 20th St. NW

Washington, DC 20009

(360) 481-0699