Limiting a citizen’s ability to criticize his own country is limiting his ability to love that country. With many of China’s richest packing their bags (and their bank accounts) and leaving for the United States, there are few people that seem to love China and its citizens more than the artist and activist Ai Wei Wei.
After designing the Bird’s Nest for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he vehemently opposed the Olympics, calling it a propaganda event instead of the people’s Olympics it should have been. When the Sichuan earthquake hit and countless children died in shabby government constructed schools that collapsed on their heads, he set off on a mission to count and record the names of those that had perished, collecting a grand total of 5,385 names of dead children, all killed in the massive earthquake. He did this because the government would not release numbers of those killed.