Chinese Political Prisoners and “Confessing”

By

“Chinese confessions are as much a ritual as the kowtow, the ‘three kneelings and the nine prostrations,’ of dynastic times. Foreign journalists are occasionally compelled to make such confessions, although they are in far less danger than Chinese dissidents. At worst, they can be expelled from China.”

Jonathan Mirsky writes on confessing in the context of Chinese artist, Ai Wei Wei’s arrest.


Sam Riley is an adult who works at McSweeney's. More from this author →