Relevant Internet Sites
Last corrections of links on 27 January 2013
The following survey of Internet sites is only intended as a first introduction. I do not necessarily share the views expressed on any of these sites. If a link has gone down, it sometimes helps to go back to the server itself and trace the relevant page from the index-page.
- Scholarly Internet discussions can be found for instance in the archive
- A very interesting internet resource is provided by The
Center for Studies on New Religions (click here for info
on this institution), based in Italy, but very much a "virtual" center
for the study of new religious groups (so-called "sects", "cults" etc.).
Falun Gong sites
Sites with opinions (including Chinese) from outside the PRC
This site is maintained by the Falun Gong itself (with mirrorsites
elsewhere) and gives a wealth of information on their teachings, the ongoing
persecution, their struggle for recognition. This information is presented
in English and Chinese, obviously from their own point of view. They
also provide further Falun Gong linkages.
site is also maintained by the Falun Gong itself, but concentrates on giving
news related to the Falun Gong from a Falun Gong perspective by people
who are essentially of an American cultural background. Please keep in
mind that they insert newsstories into their own website and do not necessarily
link back to the original website (they do link to human rights organizations). Therefore always check the references
in their original context. Otehrwise, their website is extremely rich and up to date in its information.
- http://en.minghui.org/ is yet another important Falun Gong site in English.
A very interesting website used to be Voices
of Chinese (in English, but by mainland Chinese, formally based in
Michigan, USA, but evidently including Chinese in Canada as well), which
is a volunteer organization "committed to making the voices of Chinese
people heard for a better future of China." They have carried a rather
interesting and uncensored opinion
poll (www.voicesofchinese.org/falun/surveyrpt.shtml) through
the Internet among Chinese abroad on what they think of the Falun Gong
and the PRC government response to it. The site appears to be gone.
A combined literary and political essayistic website is Xinyusi
(New Threads of Speech), referring to the
famous May Fourth journal Yusi. It exists in a mainland PRC and an international version. The site is full of interesting material, including on the Falun Gong.
The Chinese state has also built its own internet site against the Falun
Gong, with both Chinese and English versions: http://www.mingjing.org.cn. Interestingly, as of late 2008 it is no longer filled with new information.