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Woman Finds Note from Chinese Labor Camp Prisoner in Kmart Decorations


KMart Labor

Oregon resident Julie Keith was shocked when she opened her $29.99 Kmart Halloween graveyard decoration kit to find a letter, folded into eights, hidden between two Styrofoam tombstones.

Coming all the way from unit 8, department 2 of the Masanjia Labor Camp in Shenyang, China, the letter written mostly in English read,

“Sir: If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persicution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.”

Story length: 504 words

Access the full story here (contains a link to an image of the original letter composed by the factory worker)

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About jfyke

I'm an assistant professor at Marquette University, teaching in communication studies and corporate communication.

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