Enlightened Martyrdom - The Hidden Side of Falun Gong - James R. Lewis

Enlightened Martyrdom - The Hidden Side of Falun Gong - James R. Lewis

The Falun Gong Political Narative: Creating the Illusion of So-called 'Forced Organ Harvesting'

Enlightened Martyrdom - The Hidden Side of Falun Gong - James R. Lewis

Campbell Fraser [+-]
Griffith University, Australia
Campbell Fraser is Director of the International Business Program in the Department of Asian Studies at Griffith University in Brisbane Australia, and an international authority on human organ trafficking. He sits on the advisory boards of several organ procurement organisations and kidney disease advocacy groups, and is an active member of The Transplantation Society and the International Society of Organ Donation and Procurement. Fraser has developed protocols for proactively combating human organ trafficking, and implemented investigative and reporting mechanisms to verify claims of such activity. He has specific interest in the link between human organ trafficking and terrorist funding, and the emerging problem of political special interest groups fabricating stories of so-called forced organ harvesting. His work regularly appears on television, radio, newspaper and on-line media in several countries and in multiple languages.

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When it became evident that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was on the verge of banning the Falun Gong movement, Li Hongzhi, the movement’s founder, and his family escaped China, relocating permanently in the United States. Subsequently, the dramatic crackdown on Falun Gong in 1999 made international headlines. From the safety of his new home, Master Li encouraged his followers left behind in the PRC to vigorously demonstrate against the Chinese government, even if it meant imprisonment or even death. Further, Master Li actively discourages his followers from telling outsiders about his esoteric teachings; rather, he explicitly directs them to say that Falun Gong is just a peaceful spiritual exercise group being persecuted by the PRC. Not only has Falun Gong succeeded in propagating their side of the story in the media but the group will vigorously protest any news story that disagrees with their point of view. In more recent years, Falun Gong has attempted to silence critical scholars, including two of the contributors to the present volume. Enlightened Martyrdom: The Hidden Side of Falun Gong provides a comprehensive overview of Falun Gong: the movement’s background, history, beliefs and practices. But whereas prior treatments have generally tended to downplay Falun Gong’s ‘dark side,’ in Enlightened Martyrdom, we have made an effort to include treatments of the less palatable aspects of this movement.

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Fraser, Campbell. The Falun Gong Political Narative: Creating the Illusion of So-called 'Forced Organ Harvesting'. Enlightened Martyrdom - The Hidden Side of Falun Gong. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2019. ISBN 9781781794999. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34323. Date accessed: 17 Jul 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34323. Sep 2019

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