Articles

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
The rise of WeChat (Weixin in Chinese) and its replacement of Weibo as the country's preeminent…
Jul 4, 2014
My second piece in the New Yorker this year is on pollution in Chinese cities. I spent some time in…
Nov 25, 2013
In late August, two dozen Chinese intellectuals met at Oxford University and drew up a statement…
Oct 19, 2013
In 2011 I particiapted in an interesting conference on religion and charity organizations in China…
Jan 10, 2013
Better late than never, but I just saw Minbao's "Geo" magazine review of the  2012 Chinese edition…
Jan 10, 2013
One of China's most popular bloggers, Han Han can still write zingers but he increasingly seems…
Oct 1, 2012
It took eight years but my book Wild Grass: Three Portraits of Change in Modern China (Pantheon…
Sep 1, 2012
Excerpts from  a talk with  Harvard Professor Rod MacFarquhar and Asia Society head Orville Schell.
Jul 2, 2012
I had a long-ish interview with Chen Guangcheng in the  New York Review of Books  and focused on…
Jun 27, 2012
Here's a review essay  in the current issue of the NYRB on saving/destroying/rebuilding Olde…
Jun 2, 2011