After the Sichuan Earthquake, and after his sister having lost her son, Chen Bo began to blog about how the deaths of innocent people was the outcome of corrupt officials who cared more about money and wealth than the Chinese people. Following events consisted of the government monitoring everything he did online and the arresting and disappearance of internet activists, much like him.
Chen Bo was afraid that anything bad would happen to him so he left to prevent any danger to himself. He was forced to leave because of political reasons. He flew all the way to the United States.
Once arriving to the United States Chen Bo's life became better. The fear he once had about being arrested had dissolved away once he had his first steps in the United States. He has a job and is making himself a new and better life.