Bob Fu put Midland on the media map recently when it became widely known that his ChinaAid was so instrumental in helping Chen Guangcheng with his problem with the Chinese government. That wasn't the first time he helped a Chinese dissident. And last weekend's Wall Street Journal contained a profile of him titled The Pastor of China's Underground Railroad. Take a look. He's an interesting fellow, and he has obviously been of big help to many of the people who needed it.
But here's the part that drew my attention as many Midlanders probably asked the exact same question:
Why Midland? "It's much safer here," Mr. Fu chuckles. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1997, he and his family settled in Philadelphia, where they were soon tailed by Chinese agents. Other agents "confronted" him in Washington, D.C., and invited him for tea. "The invitation for tea in China to dissidents means soft interrogation," Mr. Fu explains. When a Midland-based minister invited Mr. Fu and his wife to visit, they liked the place so much that they stayed.
Midland - Sanctuary City. Now there's a slogan for the Chamber of Commerce.
P.S. There are Tea Parties in West Texas, too. And Mr. Fu might find them much more to his liking than the ones in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.