labor camp

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la′bor camp`


n.
1. a penal colony where inmates are forced to work.
2. a camp for the shelter of migratory farm workers.
[1895–1900]
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Noun1.labor camp - a penal institution for political prisoners who are used as forced labor
camp - a penal institution (often for forced labor); "China has many camps for political prisoners"
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Grass Soup adopts the unusual format of extended commentaries on exceedingly brief diary passages dating from the early 1960s, by which time Zhang had already logged two years' experience as a labor-camp inmate in China's arid Northwest.
Whether Zhang is describing the slapdash construction of adobe huts, itchy skin from slogging through rice paddies, breathless foraging for edible wild plants and animals, or the wide gulf separating ordinary criminal from political detainee, warden from inmate, and trusty from run-of-the-mill prisoner, his account both fascinates and resonates with other reliable labor-camp narratives.

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