Jennifer authors “Witnessing History: one woman's fight for freedom and Falun Gong" and stars in award-winning documentary "Free China: the courage to believe"
Zheng (Jennifer) Zeng was a graduate in science from Beijing University. She was a wife, a mother, and a Communist Party member. But because she followed a spiritual practice called Falun Gong, her life in China was shattered. Adhering to the practice’s simple tenets of Truth, Compassion, and Forbearance, she was amazed that the Party would institute a crack down, arrest her and demand that she recant. After twice being held at a detention center and refusing, she was sentenced without trial to reeducation through forced labor. Her “enlightenment”-in part undertaken by fellow prisoners incarcerated for prostitution, pornography and drug addiction-took the form of beatings, torture with electric prods, starvation, sleep deprivation, and forced labor. She was compelled to knit for days at a time, her hands bleeding, to produce goods contracted for sale in the US market. Many Falun Gong practitioners died under the harsh conditions. Zheng Zeng was lucky.
Thousands of others remain deprived by an oppressive Chinese government of their freedom of speech and assembly and the freedom to believe as they choose. This is the testament to her ordeal and theirs.
On 23 May 2000, the Chinese government sentenced Jennifer Zeng to reeducation through forced labour. Her fellow inmates were drug addicts, prostitutes and traffickers in pornography. Jennifer's only crime was her belief in the three tenets of Falun Gong Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance.
Struggling with a life-threatening illness and a need to understand her place in the world, Jennifer had immersed herself in many Western and Eastern philosophies before finally finding the answers she was seeking in Falun Gong. A few short years later her newfound faith saw her blacklisted and imprisoned in a purpose-built labour camp. Jennifer was forced to squat for hours in the blistering sun, endure hours of physical and verbal abuse, and knit garments until her hands bled to feed the booming Chinese economy. During this time Jennifer saw many fellow Falun Gong practitioners tortured. Some died, many more remain in the camps today.
This is the powerful and moving story of how a bright, successful young scientist and happily married mother survived detention and torture, only to be forced to flee her family and homeland to seek asylum in Australia.
該書第一版2004年1月在台湾出版后，两周内即跻身金石堂畅销书排行榜，三月內再刷八次；英文版「Witnessing History: One Woman’s Fight for Freedom and Falun」由《魔戒》的原始出版者、澳洲最大的出版商Allen & Unwin出版后亦持续热销，三个月内再刷两次。其讀者包括臺灣前總統李登輝等各界名流。
《悉尼晨鋒報》稱，《靜水流深》應成爲政治家及記者們的必讀物（compulsory reading）；澳洲紐省女作家協會前主席Valerie Pybus則表示，《靜水流深》應成爲年輕一代的必讀物（Compulsory Reading for the Younger Generation）。《靜水流深》英文版更是目前全球唯一一本由法輪功學員撰寫的同類書籍，具有非常高的史料價值。
Jennifer Zeng is a well-known activist and bilingual writer, editor and journalist. She is the author of best seller “Witnessing History: one woman's fight for freedom and Falun Gong”, as well as the main character of multi-award winning documentary “Free China: the courage to believe”.
Jennifer writes stories and commentaries about her personal experiences and insights of current affairs. For the past decade, she has worked to publicize the injustices suffered by Falun Gong practitioners at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party. Her articles have won numerous awards in international essay competitions, as well as been published by prestige publications such as the Diplomate as feature stories.
Jennifer fled China in 2001 for Australia. Her memoir “Witnessing History” offers “a hair-raising first-person look at China’s brutal concentration camps”(Publishers Weekly), and should be “compulsory reading” for “politicians and journalists” (Sydney Morning Herald), as well as “younger generations” (Journal of Society of Women Writers NSW Inc, Australia).
Since the publication of her book and the release of “Free China”, Jennifer has been invited to dozens of cities and venues to speak about her experiences, including US Congress, European Parliament, Swedish Parliament, University London, London School of Economics, Imperial College London, Society of Women Writers NSW Inc, Australia, etc.
Jennifer’s stories were also covered by numerous media outlets around the world, including the New York Times, NBC, ABC, The Los Angeles Times, The Australians, Sydney Morning Herald, Channel 9 in Australia, The Age in Australia, Le Temps (The Times) in Swiss, Voice of America, Financial Reviews, South China Morning Post, Big Hollywood, Radio Free Asia, The Epoch Times, New Tang Dynasty TV, Sound of Hope Radio, etc.
世界許多國家的主流媒體也先後報導了曾錚的故事，包括《紐約時報》、美國NBC電視臺、澳洲ABC電視臺、ABC電臺、《洛杉磯時報》、《澳大利亞人報》、《悉尼晨鋒報》、澳洲9號臺、澳洲《時代報》、瑞士《時代報》、美國之音、《金融評論》、《南華早報》、《大好萊塢》 （Big Hollywood）、自由亞洲電臺、《大紀元時報》、新唐人電視臺、希望之聲國際廣播電臺等。
Jennifer was born in Sichuan Province, China in 1966. She graduated from Peking(Beijing) University in 1991 with a Master of Science in Geochemistry and worked in the Development Research Centre of the State Council of the P.R.C. until 1996 as a research fellow, then worked as an investment consultant. She began to practice Falun Gong in 1997. After her release from Beijing Female (Xin’an) Labor Re-education Camp, she fled to Australia in September 2001 and was granted refugee status twenty-two months later.
Jennifer currently lives in New York and continues her effort to spread the truth via writing, reporting and blogging.