On Being logo. Photos courtesy of Lily Percy. Allison Griner is a freelance journalist and a 2013-2014 fellow with the International Reporting Program. Follow her on Twitter at @alligriner. Radio producer Lily Percy had heard all the preconceptions. She’d even believed some of them herself. Elitist, faux-feminist, shortsighted with regards to race and class — the criticism lobbed at author and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg seemed endless. So Percy and her colleagues had a challenge on their hands.
Over more than a decade, Lai Yun got to know the Chinese town of Guiyu through his work as an environmental activist. He breathed its acrid air, squinted through its soupy smog and marveled at its jet-black river.
Shanghai, China - Even before the police arrived, Dai Qing knew her arrest was imminent. First came the German diplomat, she said, imploring her to accept a visa and go abroad. It was an offer many Chinese intellectuals could only dream of.