Feng became internationally known as Chinese authorities to him after a stay in Japan refused re-entry to China and he had to fly back to Japan. He refused to leave to protest the immigration area of the airport Tokyo Narita from 4 November 2009. The international observance of the case eventually led to it but again was allowed to enter China in February 2010.
His fate was compared with the role played by Tom Hanks in the movie Terminal.
Feng was born in Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province. He lives in Shanghai. His sister lives with her Japanese husband in Japan. He is married, his son is studying in Japan.
His career as an economist and academics began in the 1980s. He founded an Institute of Economics ( in the English translation Institute of China Business Development or China Institute for Enterprise Development ), which he headed in 1989, as this published an open letter in which the military suppression of the Tiananmen democracy movement has been criticized for making he came into conflict with the regime. He then studied in Japan to finally come back to Shanghai, where he published information about Japanese investment in China. The authorities saw this publication as illegal and sentenced him in 2000 or 2001 to three years in prison. The information at the time of his three -year prison vary according to source from 2000 to 2003 or from 2001 to 2004.
After his release, he wrote several pieces about abuse by local authorities and expulsions. He also fought for the rights of Shanghai citizens who were expelled from their homes in the area of envisaged for the Expo 2010 area.
In the spring of 2009 he visited his sister in Japan. When he wanted to return to China in June, the authorities refused to let him on the Shanghai - Pudong airport several times to re-enter, so he had to repeatedly fly back to Japan. Finally, he decided not to leave the immigration area of the airport Tokyo Narita in protest from 4 November 2009 whereby international media were aware of him. About Internet services such as Twitter and Flickr itself organized a support network, which provided also for international public. On 12 February 2010 he was able to re-enter. In his apartment in Shanghai, he was subsequently guarded house arrest.
Feng's political convictions are evident in the following quote: