Roughly two months ago, Chinese civil rights activist and law student Chen Guangcheng escaped house arrest and found refuge at the American embassy in Beijing. Shortly thereafter, he and his family were granted visas to travel to New York. For over 10 years, Chen's notorious activism had focused on families, women, and the poor in China.
When Chen made the decision to leave, the media was there and the growing tensions between the national Chinese government and the provinces were exposed. The exposure since has continued, leaving the country in a vulnerable position to many unanswered questions.