Gao Yaojie, source: Georgia Straight (Canada)HIV/AIDS activist Gao Yaojie traveled to the US and accepted the Vital Voices Global Leadership Award in the human rights category last night at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. After her house arrest last month was intervened by Vital Voices honorary board chair, Senator Hillary Clinton, Gao’s visit to the US caught some buzz. In addition to traditional print media interviews, there were a few video interviews, such as the one coordinated by Asia Society. When China is trying so hard to cover up the dark side of the country, it is actually attracting more attention to its problems.

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Update (3-16-2007): Radio Free Asia – Mandarin Service interviewed Gao Yaojie the day after she received her award (Simplified Chinese transcript of the broadcast). Gao continues her visit in the US next week. She will speak at Columbia University in New York City next Tuesday March 20th. The event is hosted by the university’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

Prior to the in-studio interview, RFA – Mandarin Service reported on Gao Yaojie several times for the last six weeks. Some of the broadcasts contain interviews by phone to China with Gao and activist Hu Jia (Simplified Chinese articles and Mandarin audio files):