Articles

For German readers here's a piece I did for  china heute  on the future of religion in China. 
Aug 3, 2018
Read the latest in my eight-year series of interview with Chinese thinkers about problems facing…
Jun 18, 2018
Nearly 20 years ago, China was rocked by what are still the biggest demonstrations since the 1989…
Feb 1, 2018
In this interview with Five Books, I give my favorite five books on religion in China.
Jan 17, 2018
Why would someone hire drag queens for a funeral service?
Sep 9, 2017
Check out these two related interviews: one with the BBC and the other on The Sinica Podcast. 
Aug 4, 2017
In this NYT travel piece , I explore Beijing as a sacred city.
May 4, 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
At last year's U.S. Catholic China conference, I had the honor of interviewing UC San Diego…
Feb 4, 2014
After a bit of a hiatus,  part 5 of our series  on urbanization, on the loss of rural culture, the…
Feb 1, 2014
My piece in the April 22 New Yorker on the world's largest studio lot in the world--Hengdian…
Apr 15, 2013
A man with trained mice at the East Peak Temple Fair, Feb. 10, 2013. Chinese New Year is the time…
Feb 15, 2013
A lot has been written about the Chinese Communist Party's 18th Congress but  in this essay for…
Nov 30, 2012
It took eight years but my book Wild Grass: Three Portraits of Change in Modern China (Pantheon…
Sep 1, 2012
What do Bo Xilai and hibernating insects have in common. I try to figure this out  in this blogpost…
Mar 20, 2012