Articles

In this NYT travel piece , I explore Beijing as a sacred city.
May 4, 2017
In this excerpt , the Guardian reprints part of my concluding chapter--the "coda"--of The Oxford…
Jun 8, 2016
In this "Journal" for the New York Times  I look at the strange fate of Baoding. From provincial…
Oct 1, 2015
This is another in a loose series I've been doing for the New York Times on creating a mega-city of…
Jul 20, 2015
Reporting on this story for the New York Times about Beijing's Winter Olympics bid made me…
Apr 9, 2015
My Saturday profile in the NYT on the grand old man of Chinese city planning, Wu Liangyong and…
Feb 6, 2015
An essay on why up to 1 million Chinese live in underground bunkers. A multimedia piece in Al…
Feb 3, 2015
My piece in the New York Times  on Lüliang, a Shanxi coal town at the center of China's corruption…
Dec 28, 2014
Once the backbone of imperial China and a backbone of China's early market reform efforts,…
Oct 16, 2014
In this piece for the New York Times , I profile filmmaker Jocelyn Ford and her documentary on…
Aug 21, 2014
After a bit of a hiatus,  part 5 of our series  on urbanization, on the loss of rural culture, the…
Feb 1, 2014
In part 4 of a series on urbanization in China that I've been doing for the New York Times, I look…
Nov 10, 2013
n the third installment to our series in the NYT on the trials of urbanization in China, we focus…
Sep 9, 2013
In the second installment for the New York Times of my series on urbanization, I profile Li…
Jul 13, 2013
This is the first of a multi-part series I've written on urbanization in China, a trend that will…
Jun 15, 2013
I look at an interesting new book on architectural mimicry in China to riff on the culture of…
Jun 6, 2013
China's high-speed rail network is now the world's largest but for many Chinese it's become a…
Oct 11, 2012
I've been fascinated by China's auto-cultural genocide (the willful destruction of its own culture)…
Jun 1, 2011