Washington Post journalist Philip Pan profiles eleven dissidents who have displayed great courage in confronting the Chinese dictatorship.
Among the people he reports on are a filmmaker, a doctor, and an editor. Publishers Weekly says, "Pan's stirring reporting shows that, even in China, the individual can make a difference."
Philip P. Pan is a foreign correspondent for the Washington Post and the newspaper's former Beijing bureau chief.
During his tour in China from 2000 to 2007 he won the Livingston Award for Young Journalists in international reporting, the Overseas Press Club's Bob Considine Award for best newspaper interpretation of international affairs, and the Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia.
Pan is a graduate of Harvard College and studied Chinese at Peking University. He lives with his wife and son in New York and will begin a new assignment for the Post in Moscow in 2008.
Journalist Philip Pan explains what he has coined China's "great human experiment," China's economic plan of combining capitalism and authoritarianism, which contradicts the American notion that political freedom always accompanies market freedom.