Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng will publish a memoir in 2013 with Henry Holt & Co., the Associated Press reported Tuesday. In April, Chen made a dramatic escape from house arrest by scaling a wall and making his way from rural Dongshigu to Beijing, 75 miles away.
The incident immediately drew international attention. Chen, 40, had sought refuge at the American Embassy in Beijing. At one point, Chen appeared ready to stay in China, apparently over concerns for the safety of his family and friends. Whether Chen might stay in China or depart for America was the subject of international concern and diplomatic maneuvering for several weeks.
In May, Chen and his family flew to the U.S. He is now a special student at U.S.-Asia Law Institute at the New York University School of Law.
Chen was a self-taught lawyer in China, where he advocated reforms. He was an outspoken opponent of the state's treatment of women and its one-child policy. He had drawn attention from officials in Shandong after exposing forced abortions and sterilizations. Charged with disrupting order, he had served 19 months of house arrest before his escape. Strongmen prevented visitors from seeing him during his detention. His name was prevented from appearing on websites in China.