Articles

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake, a time when it seemed like civil…
May 16, 2018
"Mao and Deng had proxies who took the fall for failed policies. Now, it’s Xi standing alone." 
Mar 14, 2018
Nearly 20 years ago, China was rocked by what are still the biggest demonstrations since the 1989…
Feb 1, 2018
In this NYT piece , I write about surprising new develops in Sino-Vatican relations.
Jan 29, 2018
China's leader is due to start a second five-year term this week. In this NYT Sunday Review piece…
Oct 14, 2017
Starting in October I'll be on the road for over three weeks to talk about China's search for…
Sep 30, 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 blogpost for the New York Review of Books daily, I look at Liu Xiaobo's death in the…
Jul 14, 2017
In this article for the New York Times, a long look at the world's leading Buddhist missionary…
Jun 24, 2017
It took some doing but I managed to interview the reclusive author Ke Yunlu. Read it here in the…
Mar 29, 2017
An abbreviated chapter from The Souls of China in the NYT's Sunday Review.
Mar 24, 2017
In this analysis for the New York Review of Books Daily , I look at Xi Jinping's record now that…
Mar 20, 2017
In this essay in The New York Review of Books , I review books of poetry by Liu Xia and look at…
Sep 14, 2016
As part of my ongoing series of Q&As with Chinese intellectuals and writers, I interview the…
Jan 22, 2016
On Jan. 15 and 16, The New York Review of Books , Hong Kong University and several other groups…
Jan 8, 2016
In this piece for the New York Review of Books Daily , I take issue with the idea of Xi as a…
Nov 24, 2015
How much do we really know about the Mao era? In this Q&A with Stanford University's Andrew…
Jul 20, 2015
In this piece for the Sunday New York Times , I write about a lawsuit filed by Li Nanyang, the…
Apr 26, 2015
My NYRB "Talking About China" Q&A with Chinese intellectuals who knew the imprisoned Uighur…
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
In this broadcast of Tom Ashbrook's "On Point," I join U Chicago's Dali Yang and Duke's Kang Liu…
Nov 4, 2014
This is another in my ongoing series of Q&As in the New York Review of Books blog called…
Oct 23, 2014
Once the backbone of imperial China and a backbone of China's early market reform efforts,…
Oct 16, 2014
September 30 is a new holiday in China, Martyrs' Day. On some level it's like memorial days in…
Sep 29, 2014
Continuing the "Talking About China" series for the NYR blog, here's part 2 of the Q&A with…
Aug 18, 2014

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