Since 2010, Ian Johnson has been interviewing China's leading thinkers, activists, artists, filmmakers, and authors about the future of their country. These interviews document a period of growing tension in China as the leadership has turned its back on the political opening that seemed possible a decade earlier, when citizen demands for more participation and accountability were still growing.
In this series, Ian Johnson travels around China to talk to people who are trying to shape China's future. Most are not "classic" dissidents or insiders loyal to the Party, but people in between—citizens with independent ideas and thoughts who try to take public action, either through their works or speech. Although the government still discourages this form of civil society in China, their voices can still be heard.