Evan Osnos is a New Yorker staff writer and the author most recently of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China. (July 2015)


A Blind Lawyer vs. Blind Chinese Power

The blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng with his wife, Yuan Weijing, in New York City, shortly after fleeing China, May 2012

The Barefoot Lawyer: A Blind Man’s Fight for Justice and Freedom in China

by Chen Guangcheng
In early 2012, Chen Guangcheng, a self-taught lawyer who had been blind since infancy, lived with his wife and two children in the village of Dongshigu, where he’d been raised, on the eastern edge of the North China plain. They were not there by choice. For a little over a …