Pagoda of Light

Overview

This true story of the Bai Family in China traces how their devotion to truth placed them on a collision course with the Communist Party. When they became practitioners of Falun Gong, it paved the way for a painful and torturous, yet enlightening, path in life, especially for the two brilliant brothers Xiaojun and Shaohua. After the Chinese Communist regime began its systematic repression of Falun Gong practitioners in 1999, Bai Xiaojun was tortured to death in one of the laogai or "re-education through labour" camps. His brother Bai Shaohua also disappeared in another such prison for three years. Through blood and sweat, Shaohua made it alive out of prison but was once again abducted in early February, 2008.

The details in this gripping account of how Falun Gong practitioners are being repressed reveal the larger pattern of life, and death, under a totalitarian regime.

Authors Long Tu and Yuan Meng, now living in Canada, compiled this account through personal contact with members of the Bai Family. They also write from personal experience. Long Tu is a computer program designer and Yuan Meng an architect and urban designer. Yuan Meng was herself imprisoned for 16 months in a laogai camp before leaving China, where unusual "meals" caused her body to swell and her back bones were broken during the persecution. They now live in Toronto and wrote Pagoda of Light to honour their imprisoned friends, noting that "the experience of the Bai family is but one of thousands of examples."

Reviews

Human rights and freedom of religion are guaranteed by international law. If they do not exist in daily reality for practitioners of Falun Gong they have no meaning in the grandly worded charters of human freedom.

Using the real-life story met by Bai Shaohua's family, this book expounds one of the most influential events in modern Chinamillions of ordinary Chinese citizens are disintegrating the evil Chinese Communist Party's lies and the regime itself using their compassion, perseverance and wisdom obtained through their cultivation in Falun Gong.

the Epoch Times

This book is a must-read for anyone who wishes to see the real workings of modern Chinese society.

Being in exile myself due to the Tiananmen Incident, I can deeply appreciate Shaohua's experiences, faced with enemies all around you who, like hungry lions, pounce on any food that they can find. At this time, any slight backstep you take helps the evil ones accomplish their heinous deeds. In pursuing truth, there is no retreat. One can only march forward.

The simple yet powerful writing of the authors has reflected well the stories met by Mr. Bai Shao-hua's family as they uphold a truthful and pure path in persevering their belief. While it gives the reader sadness and grief, at a much deeper level it is able to allow one to come to a realization of the true meaning of life.

Huang Hua Gang magazine

About the Authors

Yuan Meng

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Yuan Meng

Long Tu and Yuan Meng grew up in China, but now live in Toronto, Canada. Long Tu is a computer program designer and Yuan Meng is an architectural and urban designer.

Long Tu

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Long Tu

Long Tu and Yuan Meng grew up in China, but now live in Toronto, Canada. Long Tu is a computer program designer and Yuan Meng is an architectural and urban designer.