years ago the persecution started in Mainland China. My father didn't like
to see such a good thing as Falun Dafa being persecuted. Two days before that
Chinese New Year's Day, he made a firm decision and went to the appeals office
in Beijing to say a few just words for Dafa. The police arrested him and imprisoned
him in the provincial government agency office in Beijing, handcuffing him to
a radiator heating pipe. This was how my father spent that New Year's Eve.
my father was arrested, the local police came to our home, took away my mother,
and imprisoned her in the detention center. It was Chinese New Year's Eve,
and she was just going to take me out to buy a lantern. Only my maternal grandmother
and I were left at home for New Year's Eve. Outside, firecrackers sounded
all over in celebration, while in our home, we felt cold and lonely. Grandma,
who had originally been healthy, became ill suddenly.
My father eventually
left home and went from place to place to avoid further persecution. My mother
was illegally imprisoned in the detention center and was later sent to a forced
labor camp. After suffering a great deal and going from place to place, I went
to the home of my paternal grandmother.
Before the 2001 Chinese New Year,
this grandmother was taken away when she was cooking. She was imprisoned in the
brainwashing center just because she practiced Falun Gong. My grandfather was
also put under house arrest by his workplace because they knew he also read Dafa
books. I spent that Lunar New Year alone, though a relative stopped by to check
In 2002 my mother came back, but my father, who was still homeless,
was arrested again and placed in a detention center, where he was hung up and
beaten. The police tied him onto a tiger
bench and did other terrible things to him. He was given a long prison sentence.
On the morning of New Year's Eve, I received a phone call from him. He told
me not to worry and to have a nice New Year's Day. He said he was all right,
but from his voice I could tell that he was tired and frail. We were very worried
for my father that Chinese New Year.
I spent the 2003, 2004, and 2005 Chinese
New Years with my mother, just the two of us. My father was in prison. My mother's
job was unstable, so we endured many difficulties. Sometimes I really wished I
could play basketball, take a walk, or eat a meal with my father. But this was
impossible, simply because we wished to lead our lives according to the principles
Before the persecution of Falun
Dafa began, our family was full of joy. After my father started to practice Falun
Gong, his temperament became better. He didn't smoke and didn't drink.
His body became stronger, and he often gave his own money to help people who had
difficulties. Yet this good person was put in jail.
Six years have passed.
My father's freedom has not been restored. In Mainland China, many practitioners
are still suffering the persecution. Their families are broken, and they are unable
to return to their homes.
The 2006 Chinese New Year will be here very soon.
I really hope that this year the three of us will be reunited for New Year's
Day. I hope many practitioners' families will be able to celebrate the New
Year together this year!
I wish Master Happy New Year!
I wish all
fellow practitioners and their families Happy New Year!
January 20, 2006