Articles

Why did Beijing issue a "red alert" for smog this week when it has seen far worse days? I explore…
Dec 9, 2015
Reporting on this story for the New York Times about Beijing's Winter Olympics bid made me…
Apr 9, 2015
My Saturday profile in the NYT on the grand old man of Chinese city planning, Wu Liangyong and…
Feb 6, 2015
My piece in the New York Times  on Lüliang, a Shanxi coal town at the center of China's corruption…
Dec 28, 2014
I'll be in Chicago and St. Louis for a series of talks sponsored by the Pulitzer Center. One of…
Oct 24, 2014
My second piece in the New Yorker this year is on pollution in Chinese cities. I spent some time in…
Nov 25, 2013
A  short, fun interview  with Jeff Wasserstrom about the upcoming Asia Society event.
Jun 8, 2012
Here's a review essay  in the current issue of the NYRB on saving/destroying/rebuilding Olde…
Jun 2, 2011
I've been fascinated by China's auto-cultural genocide (the willful destruction of its own culture)…
Jun 1, 2011