Articles

In this feature for the NYT , I write about how the Forbidden City is opening up, in step with…
Aug 4, 2019
In this daily article for the New York Times , I explain how one of China's Internet pioneers,…
Jul 29, 2019
How do Chinse people keep the memory of the June 4 massacre alive? In this piece for The New…
Jun 3, 2019
"How the Party Decided to Shoot Its People:" In this essay for The New York Review of Books , we…
May 30, 2019
Chen Hongguo might be China's most famous ex-professor. In this Q&A for the NYR Daily, I ask…
May 14, 2019
Why the case of a Chinese law professor matters: In this piece  for the NYR Daily, I tell the…
Apr 19, 2019
In this essay for The New York Review of Books I look at a arts and culture space in Xi'an…
Apr 19, 2019
In 2016 I published a long article in The New York Review of Books on a team at Tsinghua…
Mar 1, 2019
In this obituary in the NYT , I describe the life of Li Rui, Mao's personal secretary who later…
Feb 16, 2019
On Monday, the Chengdu-based blogger Huang Qi was put on trial for leaking sensitive state…
Jan 15, 2019
In this piece for The New York Times I investigate Beijing's new airport in the suburb of…
Nov 26, 2018
It's official: I'm now a doctoral candidate at Leipzig University, studying Chinese religion and…
Nov 11, 2018
Christians in China have faced two very different challenges: naked state violence and state…
Sep 25, 2018
Suddenly articles are appearing again... this time in The New York Review of Books. 
Sep 11, 2018
On Friday night in Berlin, about 500 people came to the Gethsemane Church for a service to…
Jul 10, 2018
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

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