At long last, the new Laogai Museum is finally open to the public! Our grand opening ceremony on April 7th, 2011 was a great success. The completed museum is not only a magnificent work of art, but also a trove of information on the Laogai forced labor prison camp system.
Guests trickled in around 6 p.m and had a chance to browse the exhibits and help themselves to some refreshments. Director Harry Wu presided over the ceremony. Check out the press release for more details on the event.
Harry Wu greets guests before the ceremony begins.
Michael Lesperance, principal at Design Minds, talks about his work on the Laogai Museum redesign.
Ms. Annette Lantos, Chairman of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice, reflects on the ongoing battle for human rights fought by advocates like Mr. Wu and herself.
Harry Wu and Laogai survivor Qi Jiazhen. Ms. Qi was imprisoned for 10 year on the charge of "treason" for attempting to study abroad.
Congressman Chris Smith listens to the story of a Laogai survivor before speaking to the audience about Mr. Wu’s commitment to improving human rights in China.
Museum Director Harry Wu thanks his supporters for helping to make the Laogai Museum possible.