Articles

How do Chinse people keep the memory of the June 4 massacre alive? In this piece for The New…
Jun 3, 2019
Chen Hongguo might be China's most famous ex-professor. In this Q&A for the NYR Daily, I ask…
May 14, 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
On Monday, the Chengdu-based blogger Huang Qi was put on trial for leaking sensitive state…
Jan 15, 2019
How does a society fight the downward spiral into oligarchy and repression? The small European…
Jan 14, 2019
A few weeks ago, Foreign Affairs asked me to revisit a piece I did for them in 2017 on China's…
Jan 7, 2019
It's official: I'm now a doctoral candidate at Leipzig University, studying Chinese religion and…
Nov 11, 2018
Suddenly articles are appearing again... this time in The New York Review of Books. 
Sep 11, 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
Read the latest in my eight-year series of interview with Chinese thinkers about problems facing…
Jun 18, 2018
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake, a time when it seemed like civil…
May 16, 2018
Nearly 20 years ago, China was rocked by what are still the biggest demonstrations since the 1989…
Feb 1, 2018
An interview with the contemporary Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie on his decision to work inside the…
Jan 6, 2018
What happens when three-quarters of a nation loses its mother tongues by government order? 
Aug 27, 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 the latest of my NYRB interviews with famous Chinese thinkers, I talk to the Wuhan-based…
Nov 29, 2016
My piece in the New York Times on Xi's efforts to keep a lid on China's explosive religious…
Oct 7, 2016
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 best to write about China? In this piece for the New York Review of Books , I write about my…
Apr 17, 2015
My NYRB "Talking About China" Q&A with one of China's top America-watchers, the Tsinghua…
Feb 3, 2015
In this two-part Q&A with U Rochester anthropologist John Osburg, we discuss in parts 1 the…
Dec 18, 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 my continuing series of Q&As with Chinese public intellectuals, I talk to Li Yinhe , the…
Sep 10, 2014

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