Articles

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
A few weeks ago, Foreign Affairs asked me to revisit a piece I did for them in 2017 on China's…
Jan 7, 2019
In this piece for The New York Times I investigate Beijing's new airport in the suburb of…
Nov 26, 2018
It's official: I'm now a doctoral candidate at Leipzig University, studying Chinese religion and…
Nov 11, 2018
On Friday night in Berlin, about 500 people came to the Gethsemane Church for a service to…
Jul 10, 2018
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake, a time when it seemed like civil…
May 16, 2018
As we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Great Leap Famine, I ask the touchy question of who…
Feb 5, 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
Published today: a story from Singapore in the New York Times that should resonate in China. Read…
Apr 5, 2017
Thanks to Apple Daily for a new review of my first book, Wild Grass , now reissued in a much…
Dec 2, 2016
Why did Beijing issue a "red alert" for smog this week when it has seen far worse days? I explore…
Dec 9, 2015
I'll be in Chicago and St. Louis for a series of talks sponsored by the Pulitzer Center. One of…
Oct 24, 2014
This is another in my ongoing series of Q&As in the New York Review of Books blog called…
Oct 23, 2014