Mission Laogai

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“Step by step, I lost my dignity, lost my confidence, lost my rank. I started to believe I was a criminal. It was as if we Chinese were living in a box all our lives where we never saw the sky. If you never escape from the box, you come to believe that it is the truth.”—Harry Wu

The Mission…

“Mission Laogai” is an interactive simulation game, where you take on the role of a prisoner in a laogai labor camp. The roles you will take on are those of real people, who all faced choices similar to the ones you will make while playing.

If you are playing as part of a class, you should have been given a username by your instructor, which you can log in with, then click the “GAME” link to start.

If you don’t have a login, but would like to try out a quick game, click the “GAME” link above, or “Play a guest game” in the sidebar, and you will be able to play as a guest.

After playing, be sure to check out the “ACTION” page to find ways that you can learn more about the laogai system in China, how it affects your life, and what you can do about it.