The contrast is stark. Chinese authorities continue their crackdown on dissenting voices and put security forces on alert in Tiananmen Square. At the same time, in the grimy central city of Wuhan, a professor is bringing a new concept to China's heartland: the rule of law. Armed with a Yale Law School degree and a team of young associates, Wan Exiang runs China's first public-interest legal center. From his bustling offices, Wan takes on government officials--including members of the much-feared national police, the Public Security Bureau (PSB)--who have long riddenroughshod over individual rights.

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