Articles

I met one of contempoary China's greatest writers just before his death two decades ago, but…
Oct 8, 2017
What happens when three-quarters of a nation loses its mother tongues by government order? 
Aug 27, 2017
In this Saturday profile for The New York Times , I look at an unconventional historian--the…
Jul 14, 2017
My review essay of three major new novels by Yu Hua and Yan Lianke.
Jun 19, 2017
In this NYT National Journal, I write about a strange library emerging from the backwaters of…
Apr 8, 2017
In the latest of my NYRB interviews with famous Chinese thinkers, I talk to the Wuhan-based…
Nov 29, 2016
In this essay in The New York Review of Books , I review books of poetry by Liu Xia and look at…
Sep 14, 2016
What are the conditions of writing non-fiction in China today? Come join our talk at the Horizon…
Sep 14, 2016
As part of my ongoing series of Q&As with Chinese intellectuals and writers, I interview the…
Jan 22, 2016
My Q&A with Ai Weiwei and Liao Yiwu in the NYRB, discussing Ai's new-found desire to keep a…
Sep 13, 2015
Can journalism capture the complexity of change in a place like China? In this Sinica podcast , I…
Jun 7, 2015
How best to write about China? In this piece for the New York Review of Books , I write about my…
Apr 17, 2015
In this Q&A for the NYT's Sinosphere blog , I talk to polymath poet Willis Barnstone on his…
Apr 17, 2015
In this blogpost for the New York Review of Books , an adaption of my introduction to Lao She's…
Aug 26, 2013
One of China's most popular bloggers, Han Han can still write zingers but he increasingly seems…
Oct 1, 2012
In the Oct. 11 issue of The New York Review of Books , I have an essay on the Chinese writer Yu…
Sep 22, 2012
Not all books in China are pirated, thanks to China's growing middle class. A good example is the…
May 29, 2012
I recently had the opportunity to profile Chan Koonchung (aka Chen Guanzhong), the Hong Kong author…
Jul 31, 2011