Definition of laogai in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌlouˈɡī/


(the laogai)
(In China) a system of labor camps, many of whose inmates are political dissidents.
Example sentences
  • I would especially call customs agents' attention to goods from Communist China, many of which are made in the laogai or Chinese gulag.
  • He defied the Chinese Communist government and spent almost 18 years in the laogai or Chinese gulag.


Chinese, 'reform through labor'.

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Syllabification: lao·gai

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