A Chinese student in Canada had two followers on Twitter. He still didn’t escape Beijing’s threats over online activity

Dear Joanna Chiu,

I am (Dan). I am from China. I just graduated from (a Quebec university). I hesitated for a whole night before deciding to write this email …

Now I am living in Canada, but I am living with fear from the Chinese government.

Dan, whose name I’ve changed to protect his identity, hails from one of China’s picturesque and relatively laidback southwestern provinces. He studied English diligently and was elated when a top Canadian university accepted his application to study law.