Lin Zhao, 1932-1968, was a Chinese dissident, executed for her loudly expressed views against the corruption and injustice of Chairman Mao’s communist regime. She was a convert to Christianity after attending a Methodist school and joined the Communist Party as a 16-year-old. She was an agitator early on and she didn’t live long, but her writings survive.
Jailed in 1960, Lin Zhao spent 8 years in prison until she was secretly killed by firing squad. In prison she was not silent, but continued her advocacy for reform on behalf of “the common people.” In her cell, she wrote in her own blood, on linens and such, pricking her finger with bamboo.
Lin Zhao’s radical activism reminds us, in the West, of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but she stands in a long line of Chinese dissent. She combined religious and political idealism and dedicated herself to a better world.