November 23, 2012 |
BEIJING - Ai Weiwei is out of the box. China's most famous provocateur is once again tweeting and tweaking, taunting and generally making a nuisance of himself as a critic of the Chinese Communist Party. After an 81-day stay in detention and a year of lying low, Ai is suddenly seemingly everywhere at once. Last month, his first major museum show in the United States opened at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum in Washington. He is the star of a documentary, "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," and guest-edited (via Skype, since he can't leave China)
July 17, 2012 |
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.
May 28, 2012 |
LINYI, China - At the turnoff for the sleepy farming village of Dongshigu, a man wearing a straw hat appears to be selling watermelons at a rough-hewn stand. But when an approaching car slows, burly young men dart out from behind the nearby concrete house and rush to head it off. "It's not a real fruit stand. They're pretending to sell watermelons so they can spy on people coming in and out of the village," said a 44-year-old farmer surnamed Sun from a village across the road.
May 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - After years of detention and a bold escape to the U.S. Embassyin Beijing, blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng arrived in the United States, a bittersweet moment in a harrowing journey that had touched off a diplomatic crisis and poses continued challenges for U.S.-Chinese relations. The human rights leader and his family were whisked quickly and suddenly out of Beijing, as Chen expressed gratitude but also concerns about the safety of the relatives he was leaving behind in China.
May 10, 2012 |
The "deal" for Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng to leave China for legal study in the United States is not without pitfalls, but other outcomes could be worse. Even if Chinese authorities honor the promises apparently made to U.S. officials to let him travel, they have conceded little on human rights. One thing is clear: Whether Chen stays or goes, his story is emblematic of the failure of legal reform in China today. Chen's hope is to study law and live in peace with his children and wife, Yuan Weijing, an English teacher and activist who helps her husband, who is blind, with reading and writing.
May 6, 2012
Re "Pall cast over U.S.-China dissident deal," May 3 Demands for the United States to apologize for impugning China's reputation by interfering in the case of dissident Chen Guangcheng strike me as spectacularly disingenuous. If China's reputation has been damaged in this affair, it is a self-inflicted wound. Lorraine Gayer Huntington Beach ALSO: Letters: Down on drones Letters: San Onofre vs. solar Letters: Not sold on the Dodgers