The Falun Gong in China: A Sociological Perspective

  title={The Falun Gong in China: A Sociological Perspective},
  author={Cheris Shun-ching Chan},
  journal={The China Quarterly},
  pages={665 - 683}
  • C. Chan
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • Sociology
  • The China Quarterly
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