Tiananmen Square was peanuts. Millions of people have been lost in the laogai. Every one of those lives was precious. The Chinese people have a saying: ‘We’re not looking for the tree but also for the forest.’ The Chinese preoccupation with the majority has led to abuses by dictators like Mao Zedong. The forest is too important. ‘I speak up for the trees. Each one has a name, a face, a soul, a family. Some of them were my friends.