A Story of Shattered Dreams and Lost Faith

Prison cells.

took place after a human rights agency pointed at the public broadcaster of airing possibly forced confessions. (Image: via Flickr)

This story is about a young Chinese man, just like any young person, who had ambitious dreams to succeed, to become someone, perhaps someone famous, but his dreams were crushed after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) incarcerated him for 22 years. His tragic life story serves as a lesson for many who still have an illusion about the CCP.

In 1951, when Qu Xiao was 19 years old, his father was run over by a Soviet military truck and killed on New Year’s Day. He received no compensation for the death of his father and furthermore was denounced as a rightist and an anti-Soviet during the anti-rightist campaign in 1957.

Subscribe to our Newsletter!

Receive selected content straight into your inbox.

He was labeled an anti-Soviet based on the speculation that he had animosity toward the Soviets due to the death of his father. In 1958, he was sent for re-education to a labor camp, and during the Cultural Revolution, Qu was sentenced to prison, accused of being a counterrevolutionary. After spending 22 years in a labor camp and prison, he was finally released in 1979.

Despite the groundless charges and the brutal persecution by the CCP for 22 years, Qu was brainwashed into loving the Party. After he was released, the CCP recognized his talent for public speaking and deployed him to give public speeches to students in universities. Qu Xiao, who was then the deputy dean of Yingkou Teaching College, became most popular. His emotional public speaking influenced a generation of Chinese students.

In total, Qu made 2,500 speeches to young people nationwide singing the praises of the Communist Party.

In the late 1980s, the CCP dispatched Qu on a speaking tour to the overseas Chinese and Chinese students in the U.S. for promoting his love for the Party and bolstering his “patriotic passion” for the CCP. Taiwan’s well-known pro-communist professor in contemporary history, Wong Young-tsu, attended the first speech.

Qu was about to be escorted out when he described in tears the tortures he had endured for 22 years in prison. But he changed his tune unexpectedly and declared: “When a mother makes mistakes, can you stop loving her? The Communist Party is our mother. A child will not and should not bear grudges against his mother, even when she has wrongfully beaten him!” This rhetoric, if delivered in a closed society like China, would undoubtedly be well-received, but in the United States, this was a catastrophic failure for Qu Xiao.

At this point, Wong Young-tsu, who was enraged by the speech, could no longer hold his anger; he raised his hand to speak. The audience expected him to echo his agreement as he always did, as a pro-Communist. On the contrary, he said: “Professor Qu Xiao’s speech is a confession of blood and tears! A young scholar was thrown in prison for 22 years for no reason at all. I had heard similar recounts when I was in Taiwan, but none were as real and outrageous as this!”

Qu was about to be escorted out when he described in tears about the tortures he had endured for 22 years in prison.
Qu was about to be escorted out when he described in tears the tortures he had endured for 22 years in prison. (Image: Screenshot via YouTube)

Professor Wong continued: “If you take communism as your mother, what kind of mother is this? How could you still call her your mother after she abused her children for such a long time? Even a stepmother wouldn’t be so cruel. How could she still demand loyalty from a child who is mistreated by her? In any civilized society, a mother who abuses her child like this would be punished by the law.”

Professor Wong’s words stabbed right into Qu Xiao’s heart and awakened him from a twisted lie he has been telling everyone all along.

A Chinese official, Liu Zhonghai, who was also present at the speech, observed the situation and decided that the speaking tour be halted. Qu’s speaking career ended shortly after and he realized that he was of no further use to the regime.

After returning to China, Qu Xiao rarely made public appearances. In 1991, he suffered a stroke and lost his ability to speak until his death in 2003.

Translated by Chua BC and edited by Angela

Follow us on TwitterFacebook, or Pinterest

Recommended Stories

Beautiful panoramic view of rooftops in the old town of Zug, Switzerland, with the town hall tower, Lake Zug, and the Pilatus mountain in the background.

Switzerland’s Safety Unveiled: A Journey Through Security and Serenity

Switzerland, often called the heart of Europe, is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, pristine lakes, ...

A fishmonger's display on the Mediterranean island of Crete.

A Mother’s Wisdom: A Single Sentence that Changed a Fishmonger’s Life

In a quaint town in the south, there was always a line at a fish ...

Two men and a woman studying a graph.

8 Qualities of a High-Value Man That Make Him Stand Out

Becoming a high-value man is about showing people that you deserve their loyalty, respect, and ...

Ancient Chinese sitting and standing on platform.

9 Amazing Things Invented by the Chinese

China today is often mocked as the “copycat nation” due to its tendency to take ...

A person jumping into a swimming pool.

Why Does My Hair Turn Green From the Swimming Pool?

If you are blonde like me and enjoy laps in a swimming pool, you may ...

Closeup of a sea lion swimming underwater.

10 Cutest Ocean Animals That Will Surely Make You Smile

Have you ever wondered what lies beneath the surface of the ocean? Well, it’s home ...

Illustration of a man in ancient Chinese robes taking a nap while a dragon swirls over his head in a misty cloud.

5 Legendary Dreams of Chinese Folklore

Throughout China’s vast folklore, there are five dreams that have become household tales. These legendary ...

Business skyscrapers in reflection in La Defense financial district in Paris, France.

Integrity in Business: The Bedrock of Trust and Success

Integrity stands as one of the most cherished virtues, timeless and universal. Regardless of the ...

Virtual influencers.

Virtual Influencers: Meet the AI-Generated Figures Posing as Your New Online Friends

The future of influence is here: a digital avatar that captivates millions of adoring fans ...

Send this to a friend