The history of China's Falungong Cult
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- Falun Dafa
- A dialog on the H-Asia list, 30 October 1998. The origins
and character of the Falun Dafa/Falungong movement.
- The Falun Gong Sect
- A dialog on H-Asia, 10 May 1999. Online resources.
- Falun gong
- By Iwo Amelung, 12 May 1999. Briefly, on the importance of
Internet for the Falungong.
- Crackdown shows Communist Party
- Asia Times, 24 July 1999. Crackdown was
intended as an assertion of state control, but regional
analysts say it may well be projecting Communist Party
weaknesses more than anything else. The collapse of the
ideological basis for communist rule in the rush towards a
free-market economy has left a spiritual void, drawing to
its ranks the disenchanted, the unemployed and other
- China's new spiritual uprising
- Is the Falun Gong sect a real threat to the regime or
simply a phantom menace? By Orville Schell, 27 July 1999. A
western perspective, critical of government policy.
- Falun Gong
- China News Digest, 30 July 30 1999. Court to
Handle Case Against Falungong Leaders; Communist Party
Starts Purge of Members With Falungong Ties.
- Regarding the warrant for Li Hongzhi
- By Jian-Zhong Lin, 4 August 1999. Reason for attack on Li
Hongzhi is that the Falun Gong Society is unregistered and
thus illegal, that Falun Gong groups paralyze public
agencies with sit-ins that require permits, and the flood of
law suits filed against Li by the families which have lost
members who died from practicing Falun Gong.
- Buddhist Group Exposed Falungong Sect Last
- By Mary Kwang, Straits Times, 5 November
1999. Prominent Chinese Christian leaders support for their
government's action against Falungong. Also, China's
Buddhist Association had exposed Falungong as a sect last
year, long before the Chinese government banned it.
- Police strike openly at Falungong
- By Mary Kwang, The Straits Times, 23 July
2000. Earlier police attempted to hide their actions, but
now pounce on protesters and drag them openly to waiting
buses. Many of the protestors by their dress and accent,
appeared to be from outside Beijing. A year ago the
government rounded up key cult leaders and outlawed the
sect. US-based Li Hongzhi, the sect's founder,
communicated via Internet to his followers to have them
confront the government.
- China sets up anti-Falungong group
- The Straits Times, 24 December 2000. The
China Anti-Cult Association held its first-ever seminar this
weekend, gathering around 100 Chinese politicians, legal
experts, scientists and religious leaders in a round table
discussion condemning the Falungong.
- Falun Gong Suicides Fuel New Round of Media
- China News Digest, 2 February 2001. Chinese
state media launched a new campaign against the Falun Gong
sect with grim pictures of the five suicides in Tiananmen
Square, in order to stir up public disgust. Negative
publicity resulting grom the crackdown on the cult and
China's 2008 Olymbics bid.
- ‘Evil Cult’ Raises Political
- By Ken Kamoche, The Daily Nation, 18 February
2001. In China the role of religion has been somewhat
subdued, but in the last couple of years, China woke up to
the reality of Falun Gong. Its followers claim it is only qi
gong breathing exercises, but the authorities see it rather
as an evil cult. It's growth was triggered by an expose
of its being pseudo-science, and it became the vehicle of
- ‘Gentle approach may work better’
- By Larry Teo, The Straits Times, 26 February
2001. An anti-cult symposium held in Singapore. Falungong
blamed for many deaths. The struggle against cults is a
global concern. The people of China need to think
independently to see the cult lies. The many advocates of
moderate handling of the Falungong did not come up with
- How Cult Plotted to Sue Chinese Official:
- Xinhua, 11 October 2001. A Chinese official visiting the
US is summoned to a US court for human rights violations
in death of a cultist arrested in China. The headquarters
of the cult in the U.S. directed, via the Internet, their
followers in China to plot the indictment.
- Control Over Tiananmen Square Tightened After
- China News Digest, 18 February
2002. Connection between the cult and the political
intervention of Westerners. Such foreign staged protests
screened in anticipation of US President Bush's
- Falun Gong Members Interrupts TV Program With
- China News Digest, 8 March 2002. Falunong
members hijack television programming in Changchun to run
footage of its US-based leader Li Hongzhi, and a film
accusing the Chinese government of staging the suicide of
its members in Tiananmen last year. The [terrorists, Bush
would surely insist] arrested [brief].