China's leader is due to start a second five-year term this week. In this NYT Sunday Review piece…
Oct 14, 2017
I met one of contempoary China's greatest writers just before his death two decades ago, but…
Oct 8, 2017
Starting in October I'll be on the road for over three weeks to talk about China's search for…
Sep 30, 2017
I'm sorry to report the passing of a legendary foreign correspondent, Wilbur G. Landrey, chief…
Sep 30, 2017
How are Chinese Catholics faring during this period of tensions between Beijing and the Vatican?…
Sep 27, 2017
Why would someone hire drag queens for a funeral service?
Sep 9, 2017
What happens when three-quarters of a nation loses its mother tongues by government order? 
Aug 27, 2017
In this piece for The New York Times, I write about Cambridge University Press's decision to…
Aug 20, 2017
Check out these two related interviews: one with the BBC and the other on The Sinica Podcast. 
Aug 4, 2017
In this multi-book review essay for the NYRB, I look at the fate of China's rights lawyers and…
Aug 4, 2017
In this report  for the NYT from the boondocks two hundred kilometers south of Beijing, I look at…
Jul 24, 2017
In this review for the Christianity-in-China website ChinaSource, founder Brent Fulton writes:…
Jul 23, 2017
In this blogpost for the New York Review of Books daily, I look at Liu Xiaobo's death in the…
Jul 14, 2017
In this Saturday profile for The New York Times , I look at an unconventional historian--the…
Jul 14, 2017
One of the great pleasures and privileges of getting one's book reviewed is discovering people…
Jun 29, 2017
In this article for the New York Times, a long look at the world's leading Buddhist missionary…
Jun 24, 2017
My review essay of three major new novels by Yu Hua and Yan Lianke.
Jun 19, 2017
“We didn’t know where his body was. We went from hospital to hospital. They had lists out. We…
Jun 5, 2017
In this review  in The New York Review of Books, Roderick MacFarquhar gives a detailed review of…
May 21, 2017
One of the most interesting interviewers I had was Kimberly Winston of Religion News Service, a…
May 17, 2017
The Christian Science Monitor gives an in-depth review of Souls of China, concluding that....
May 13, 2017
In this review  of The Souls of China in The Spectator, Roger Garside writes that I "skilfully…
May 12, 2017
In this NYT travel piece , I explore Beijing as a sacred city.
May 4, 2017
After a month in the US talking about the return of religion after Mao, I'm back in China, with…
May 4, 2017
In this excerpt of my book in The Atlantic , I introduce on of China's most charismatic pastors,…
Apr 25, 2017

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