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Coming Soon To The Freedom Collection: Chen Guangcheng

April 11, 2013 1 minute Read by Christopher Walsh

Chen Guangcheng’s story plays like a cinematic political thriller.  A blind Chinese dissident, advocating against China’s One Child Policy, evades authorities and seeks refuge in the United States Embassy.  After tense negotiations, he’s granted asylum in New York City where he continues to pressure Beijing on its human rights record.   Chen’s ordeal serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing struggle for political freedom and civil liberty in China.

Last week, the Freedom Collection, in partnership with ChinaAid, welcomed Chen and his family to Dallas where he spoke with the Bush Institute’s Founding Executive Director James K. Glassman during a live web chat. Afterwards, we were fortunate to conduct a more in depth interview with Chen for the Freedom Collection.  Stay tuned as we’ll be posting that conversation soon.  In the meantime, check out these behind-the-scenes photos from our interview with Chen Guangcheng:


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Christopher Walsh
Christopher Walsh

Christopher Walsh serves as a Manager for the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.  In this role, Christopher manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Christopher worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.

A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Christopher is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies.  He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and three young children.

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