“Until recently, Gui’s life largely revolved around books and ideas. Gui’s parents split up when she was young. For many years, she flew to Hong Kong to spend weeks with her father, Gui Minhai, who co-owned the Mighty Current publishing business and a bookstore.
Some of the books traded in gossip about China’s Communist leaders. Even though the people of Hong Kong are supposed to be guaranteed free speech under a separate political system, Gui always worried about her dad.
“I asked him if he was sure that what he was doing was safe,” she says. “Then he said, ‘What I’m doing isn’t illegal in Hong Kong and I am in Hong Kong. I’ve also got Swedish citizenship, so I don’t see how they could try to punish me.'””