Articles

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