Lunch with Chen Guangcheng

The Financial Times’ Jamil Anderlini has pizza with Chen Guangcheng and discusses food in New York, house arrest in Dongshigu, and Chen’s plans to return to China.

[…] Before we start eating, he asks if he can hold my digital recorder. “I have a deep fondness for audio recorders,” he tells me, as he examines my device with his fingertips. “I was given one in 2005 that I used to document accounts of the government’s violent family planning practices. It survived countless confiscation raids on my house and I still have it today.”

His casual, dispassionate reference to the work that got him into so much trouble is striking, as is the serenity and forgiveness he displays while describing horrific events and the people who subjected him to them.