Articles

Why has China had such a hard time accommodating Islam? In this piece for The New York Review of…
Nov 23, 2018
It's official: I'm now a doctoral candidate at Leipzig University, studying Chinese religion and…
Nov 11, 2018
The downfall of China's most prominent Buddhist monk raises questions about the religion's path.
Sep 15, 2018
As a follow-up to a talk I gave this past spring, the Steyler Missionaries' China Zentrum in Sankt…
Sep 11, 2018
For German readers here's a piece I did for  china heute  on the future of religion in China. 
Aug 3, 2018
Nearly 20 years ago, China was rocked by what are still the biggest demonstrations since the 1989…
Feb 1, 2018
In this article for the New York Times, a long look at the world's leading Buddhist missionary…
Jun 24, 2017
Published today: a story from Singapore in the New York Times that should resonate in China. Read…
Apr 5, 2017
My piece in the New York Times on Xi's efforts to keep a lid on China's explosive religious…
Oct 7, 2016
Are Chinese really as atheistic as a recent Gallup poll suggests? I take a closer look.
Jul 2, 2015
I was a panelist along with Brown University's Rebecca Nedostup on this show about China's…
Apr 1, 2015
In this two-part Q&A with U Rochester anthropologist John Osburg, we discuss in parts 1 the…
Dec 18, 2014
I'll be in Chicago and St. Louis for a series of talks sponsored by the Pulitzer Center. One of…
Oct 24, 2014
Not all books in China are pirated, thanks to China's growing middle class. A good example is the…
May 29, 2012