Meaning of laogai in English:

laogai

Pronunciation /la??ɡ??/

noun

the laogai
  • (in China) a system of labour camps, many of whose inmates are political dissidents.

    ‘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 labour’.