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Still Working to Survive at Age 101 in Communist China

Madam Tan Xiaozheng (pictured above) lived in Guizhou for more than 50 years but never got her residents permit, so she is not entitled to receive a pension or any support form the government. She has had to support herself all her life and is still doing so at age 101. (screenshot).

The regime has always promised to look after the elderly.

In 1985, Newspapers and local cadres were told to promote this:

On red banner: Family planning (one child policy) is good, Government will look after the elderly. (screenshot)

In the 90's, On red banners: Family planning (One child policy) is good, Government is helping the elderly. (screenshot)

In 2000, on red banner: The elderly cannot completely rely on government to look after them. (screenshot)


In 2012, On Red banners: Delaying retirement is good, support yourself in your old age. (screenshot)

In 2013, Words in gold: Living off your mortgage, enjoy your future life.

The above are newspaper articles (propaganda) from 1985, 1995, 2005 and 2012 with the same slogan as the above banners.

The communist regime had tried to allay fears that the one child policy would lead to very few family members to look after the elderly, by promising that the government would do so.

Now many elderly people have no family to look after them and have been abandoned by the communist regime.

David Bowie, Longtime Friend of Falun Gong PDF Print E-mail
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The Chinese characters on Campbell's drum read: Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

While most knew him for his music and performance art, Friends of Falun Gong

will remember David Bowie’s unfailing support of Falun Gong practitioners’ freedom

of belief.

In that respect, we share below a February 12, 2004 article originally published on’s English-language predecessor,

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(LH photo: February 5, 2004,people at David Bowie’s concert in Phoenix, learn about the

persecution of Falun Gong in China by Jiang’s regime;RH photo: Sterling Campbell;)

Brisbane believers at Bowie concert (2004)

David Bowie, a famous British rock’n’roll star, is giving a concert tour around the world.
His drummer, Sterling Campbell, who has worked with other famous bands, has been
a Falun Gong practitioner for six years.
Tiananmen Square and unfolded a banner in 2001.
Every time David Bowie held a concert, Sterling would arrange a booth for Friends of
Falun Gong at the entrance to the concert.
He would have interviews with media to tell of his experience of being arrested in
China for supporting Falun Gong. David Bowie, a supporter of Amnesty International
himself, has been very supportive of Sterling’s efforts.

Local Falun Gong practitioners took this opportunity to tell music fans about the
persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China and the detention of Charles Li.
Many people took flyers and signed their names to support the rescue of Charles Li.
Some people joined Friends of Falun Gong. Some stopped by to ask more details.
They were shocked by the situation in China and Charles’ experience.
Many music fans were curious about the Chinese words “Truthfulness, Compassion,
Forbearance”written on Sterling’s drum. They were eager to find out the story
behind these words.

The story of Sterling Campbell's drum

Six years ago, American professional drummer Sterling Campbell was at the bottom
of his life. After playing concerts, he indulged himself in the night life of New
York and could not extricate himself from tobacco and alcohol and other habits.

One day, he happened to pass a park in New York where he saw a group of people
practicing a very gentle exercise. He was fascinated and couldn’t help joining them.
A Falun Gong practitioner gave him a Falun Gong book to read.

Sterling said he was deeply touched by “Zhuan Falun,” the guiding book of Falun
Gong by the founder Mr. Li Hongzhi. He said he couldn’t say enough about how
“Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance” in the book had helped him give up
smoking and drinking.
Falun Gong had not only given him excellent health, but also brought him a big
spiritual change. He said he became a happier person.
He identified with “Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance” so much that he
wrote these three words in Chinese on his drum to show his concert audience.


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Last Updated on Saturday, 28 October 2017 20:15


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