Articles

In this Saturday profile for The New York Times , I look at an unconventional historian--the…
Jul 14, 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
In this NYRB review , I look at Howard French's new book on how the past is shaping China's…
Mar 30, 2017
It took some doing but I managed to interview the reclusive author Ke Yunlu. Read it here in the…
Mar 29, 2017
The courageous journalist Tan Hecheng on the party's need to renounce violence.
Jan 13, 2017
In this New York Review of Books essay, I review one of the most remarkable new works of history…
Dec 30, 2016
My essay in the NYRB on a raft of fascinating new books on the Cultural Revolution, many by…
Oct 10, 2016
In this New York Review of Books interview with the filmmaker Ai Xiaoming, we talk about…
Sep 8, 2016
My New York Times Saturday Profile of Yang Weidong and his quixotic effort to document the soul…
Aug 12, 2016
In this excerpt , the Guardian reprints part of my concluding chapter--the "coda"--of The Oxford…
Jun 8, 2016
In this NYRB article, I look at the political implications of new archaeological finds in China.…
Apr 3, 2016
As part of my ongoing series of Q&As with Chinese intellectuals and writers, I interview the…
Jan 22, 2016
Behind the ubiquitous China Dream campaign is one family's real-life story of death and tragedy. My…
Dec 6, 2015
I'm very excited that the Oxford Illustrated History of China has a pub date: Aug 2016, and…
Oct 15, 2015
My Q&A with Ai Weiwei and Liao Yiwu in the NYRB, discussing Ai's new-found desire to keep a…
Sep 13, 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 interview in the New York Review blog with the filmmaker Hu Jie, I talk about Shoah, the…
May 28, 2015
It will be my honor to host Timothy Garton Ash for a talk May 20 at Beijing's famous bookstore,…
May 15, 2015
In this piece for the Sunday New York Times , I write about a lawsuit filed by Li Nanyang, the…
Apr 26, 2015
In part 2 of my look at the underground history journal, Remembrance, I look at how the journal…
Nov 29, 2014
Part 1 of a two-page article in the New York Review of Books on a samizdat historical journal in…
Nov 16, 2014
In this interview on the New York Review of Books blog , I talk to Woeser and Wang Lixiong, two of…
Aug 16, 2014
In this essay  in the New York Review of Books, I tackle a bevy of new books on China and foreign…
Apr 21, 2014
My piece in the April 22 New Yorker on the world's largest studio lot in the world--Hengdian…
Apr 15, 2013

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