1968: Lin Zhao, martyr poet

On this date in 1968, a “rightist” student whose critique of the Cultural Revolution was not blunted by the rigors of imprisonment was informed that her jail sentence had been changed to execution — which was immediately imposed at Shanghai’s … Continue reading

1989: A day in the death penalty around post-Tiananmen China

Yue Minjun, who still lives in China, says Tiananmen was “the catalyst for conceiving” of his Execution but that it is most certainly not about the famous protest and ensuing crackdown. Although 1989 protests toppled dictatorships in Eastern Europe, this … Continue reading

1928: Chen Jue

China Communist revolutionary hero Chen Jue was executed on this date in 1928 by the nationalist Kuomintang. Chen Jue with his wife Zhao Yunxiao or Yunqi are celebrated revolutionary martyrs for their respective sacrifices of life for the cause in … Continue reading