Definition of laogai in English:

laogai

Syllabification: lao·gai
Pronunciation: /ˌlouˈgī
 
/

noun

(the laogai)
  • (In China) a system of labor camps, many of whose inmates are political dissidents.
    More 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.

Origin

Chinese, 'reform through labor'.

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