[Story] Detention of Author Po Yang

 In 1994, the writer Po Yang came back to Oasis Villa. (photo by Liu Chen-hsiang)

A native of Henan Province in China, Po Yang’s name was made with his novel Alien City. For a long time he also authored a newspaper column in which he probed corruption, while at the same time providing the Chinese translation for the serialized comic strip, “Popeye the Sailor Man.” Pictured is the comic strip that appeared in early January 1968, whose dialogue the authorities regarded as an indirect attack on Chiang Kai-shek and his son. For “insulting the leader” and for having participated in the Democratic League thirty years before on the mainland, he was sentenced to 12 years. Having completed his sentence at Oasis Villa, he was then held further for thought reform at New Life Correction Centre to the east of Oasis Villa to continue his incarceration at the Green Island Reform and Reeducation Prison.

Po Yang was accused of “insulting the leader” because of his translating the comic strip “Popeye the Sailor Man.”

Po Yang (photo by Liu Chen-hsiang)
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