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A Matter of Life and Death

It was only a matter of time before she, too, became a victim

Bebe Nicholson
Oct 29, 2020 · 6 min read
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A dark and terrible night

The night they banged on Nien Cheng’s door, things were unusually quiet, almost as if the house were holding its breath, waiting for destruction. The windows were open, and the perfume of the magnolia tree in the garden wafted in on a cool autumn breeze. Calm, like the eye of a hurricane, was not to last.

They were here! No more waiting!

The young people, their voices hysterical, shoved open the door and rushed in. There were about forty of them between fifteen and twenty years old, led by two people much older. “We have come to take revolutionary action against you!” The one who appeared to be their leader shouted. He was a lanky man, angry and belligerent, his eyes filled with hate.

The situation gets worse

But things did not stop with the destruction of Nien Cheng’s home. This was only the beginning of her ordeal. A few days later, the government placed her under house arrest and the public denunciations began. She was ushered to a building and dragged to a platform, where she was ordered to confess her crimes.

Determined to survive

She dreamed of being free so she could be reunited with her beautiful daughter, Meiping.

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