The Writer’s Block: A Video Q&A with Chen Guangcheng

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The Barefoot Lawyer is a memoir by Chen Guangcheng, a self-taught lawyer who became one of China’s most prominent political activists. Chen was born in a rural village of Dongshigu, China. Blinded by an illness in his infancy and illiterate until his late teens, he overcame enormous obstacles to advocate for tens of thousands of Chinese citizens, fighting for the rights of people with disabilities and women who endured forced sterilizations as a result of China’s one-child policy. Placed under house arrest after harassment and imprisonment by Chinese authorities, his daring escape in 2012 made national headlines.

In December 2015 Chen Guangcheng came to City of Asylum to read from his memoir. Before the reading, Sampsonia Way interviewed Chen about his writing process, his work giving voice to those who were denied representation, and the status of human and reproductive rights in China today.

  1. About The Writer’s Block
  2. The Writer’s Block is an ongoing video series of interviews with visiting writers at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. In these Q&A’s, conducted on Sampsonia Way, writers sit down with us to discuss literature, their craft, and career.
  3. Read the transcript
  4. View all previous interviews →

About the Author

Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.

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