Han Dongfang talks to a Shenzhen factory worker about why workers campaigned to remove the trade union chairman they had democratically elected just nine months earlier. Photograph by LJ.
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Three times a week, CLB Director Han Dongfang, broadcasts on Radio Free Asia interviews he has conducted with ordinary Chinese workers. These interviews, broadcast on shortwave across China, are regularly listened to by tens of millions of people, many of whom call or write to Han with their own stories, which are then later broadcast themselves.
Most interviews are conducted over several ten minute broadcasts and they are summarized here in English, keeping as much of the interviewees’ voice as possible, so as to give non-Chinese speakers a unique and telling glimpse into the lives of workers and peasants who are suffering from the growing inequities of Chinese society. Please note that prior to 2007, only selected transcripts rather than the full interviews were translated into English.
A Yunnan villager describes how the encroachment of coal mining has all but destroyed his village and caused almost irreparable environmental damage.