Prisoners in early 20th century China. Photo: Getty Images Prisoners in early 20th century China. Photo: Getty Images
Prisoners in early 20th century China. Photo: Getty Images
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Crime and collective punishment: in imperial China, you could be killed for your family’s misdeeds

  • Every misdeed has consequences, as those living under Qin rule well knew – only the king, and later emperor, were spared
  • An official who committed a capital crime would be killed with members of three families related to him

Prisoners in early 20th century China. Photo: Getty Images Prisoners in early 20th century China. Photo: Getty Images
Prisoners in early 20th century China. Photo: Getty Images
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