Grace Geng

Grace Geng

Grace Geng is the daughter of Gao Zhisheng, a dissident Chinese human rights lawyer who has been under house arrest since 2014. Gao is known for defending human rights activists and persecuted religious minorities; as a result he has been continually attacked by the Chinese government. When Geng was just 12 years old, Gao was detained and tortured while the rest of the family was beaten by the police. Geng was escorted to school every day by four policemen who followed her everywhere she went. In 2009, Gao was disappeared and imprisoned by the Chinese state. At this time, Geng was prohibited by the government to attend school, whereupon her mother decided to smuggle the family out of China and escape to Thailand. The family currently lives in the U.S. and Geng is enrolled in university in California. She has spoken around the world to promote her father’s memoir, “A China More Just,” and advocate for his release.