What is Tuidang?
> Tuidang (退党) literally means “withdraw from the Party” in Mandarin Chinese (退 tui: withdraw, quit, renounce, secede; 党 dang: political party, clique, gang).
> The Epoch Times newspaper started receiving Party withdrawal statements—Tuidang statements—in November 2004 after publishing its editorial series the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.
> As more people submitted their withdrawals, the Epoch Times started publishing them, beginning the grassroots movement we call the Tuidang movement.
> The number of people who have Tuidang is tallied in the Epoch Times website and in this website.
> Tuidang goes beyond political activism in that it is an act of Chinese people disassociating themselves from the Chinese Communist Party and regaining their conscience.
Tuidang (退党) in Mandarin Chinese means to “withdraw from the Party.” It is the act of publicly renouncing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliate organizations: the Communist Young Pioneers and the Communist Youth League.
Tuidang emerged shortly after the Chinese edition of the Epoch Times newspaper, based in New York, published the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party in October 2004—a series of editorials explaining the censored history and tyranny of the CCP. The Nine Commentaries describes how Chinese people have suffered numerous oppressive political campaigns and social upheavals under Party rule for over 65 years, resulting in an estimated 60 to 80 million unnatural deaths.
Traditional faiths and principles have been violently destroyed. Original ethical concepts and social structures have been disintegrated by force. Empathy, love, and harmony among people have been twisted into struggle and hatred.
The result has been a total collapse of social, moral, and ecological systems, and a profound crisis for the Chinese people—and indeed for humanity. All these calamities have been brought about through the deliberate planning, organization, and control of the CCP.
– Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party – Introduction
Millions of copies of the Nine Commentaries have been, and continue to be, disseminated throughout China via email, fax and underground printing houses. As more people learn about the suppressed history of China under the CCP’s rule, it has catalyzed a desire for people to individually renounce the Party—politically, mentally and spiritually.
In November 2004 the Epoch Times newspaper started receiving tens of thousands of letters and emails from Chinese people expressing their grievances and their desire to withdraw from the CCP and it’s affiliated organizations. Many people have written very moving statements. Some have spoken of the suffering they endured under the Communist Party. Others have spoken of being victimized by corruption. Some have asked for forgiveness for their involvement in past revolutionary campaigns that resulted in millions of deaths, like the Cultural Revolution. Others have asked for forgiveness for taking part in recent atrocities, like land grabs or the persecution of Falun Gong adherents.
As more people submitted their Tuidang statements, the Epoch Times started publishing them on its website and newspaper, jumpstarting the grassroots movement we call the Tuidang movement.
The number of people who have Tuidang using their name or alias (which is encouraged for safety) is tallied on the Epoch Times website as well as our website. People from all walks of life, ethnic backgrounds, professions and ages from China and around the world have submitted statements. Today, the Tuidang movement has grown to become the world’s largest grassroots movement, surpassing over 200 million withdrawals as of April 2015, ten years after the publication of the Nine Commentaries.
At its very core, Tuidang goes beyond political activism; it is the process of Chinese people clearing their conscience of years of Party culture indoctrinated in them through revolutionary campaigns, propaganda, media censorship, imprisonment, and mass killings over the past 65 years. It finally gives Chinese people a chance to reflect on their own lives without the CCP and to envision a free China.