Articles

In this op-ed for the New York Times  I describe what Tuesday's scene was like on Tiananmen…
Oct 3, 2019
In this piece for The New York Times , I look at something that all China-watchers know: the fact…
Sep 26, 2019
I n my first review for the New York Times book section, I look at Julia Lovell's sweeping…
Sep 3, 2019
In this piece for The New York Times , I report on the consecration of Msgr. Yao Shun, the first…
Aug 29, 2019
In this feature for the NYT , I write about how the Forbidden City is opening up, in step with…
Aug 4, 2019
Thanks so much to the American Academy of Religion for honoring me with their prize for best…
Aug 2, 2019
In this daily article for the New York Times , I explain how one of China's Internet pioneers,…
Jul 29, 2019
How do Chinse people keep the memory of the June 4 massacre alive? In this piece for The New…
Jun 3, 2019
In 2016 I published a long article in The New York Review of Books on a team at Tsinghua…
Mar 1, 2019
In this obituary in the NYT , I describe the life of Li Rui, Mao's personal secretary who later…
Feb 16, 2019
On Monday, the Chengdu-based blogger Huang Qi was put on trial for leaking sensitive state…
Jan 15, 2019
One of the main characters in The Souls of China is Wang Yi, a dynamic pastor in the…
Dec 14, 2018
In this piece for The New York Times I investigate Beijing's new airport in the suburb of…
Nov 26, 2018
Christians in China have faced two very different challenges: naked state violence and state…
Sep 25, 2018
The downfall of China's most prominent Buddhist monk raises questions about the religion's path.
Sep 15, 2018
On Friday night in Berlin, about 500 people came to the Gethsemane Church for a service to…
Jul 10, 2018
How one of the most important documents in Chinese history ended up in Washington's Smithsonian…
Jun 8, 2018
Is the Chinese government preparing a crackdown on Christianity in China? And does it have to do…
Apr 9, 2018
With the Vatican and Beijing on the verge of a historic deal, I take a deeper look at the problems…
Feb 14, 2018
In his first comments since news of a possible deal between the Vatican and Beijing broke, an…
Feb 11, 2018
In this NYT piece , I write about surprising new develops in Sino-Vatican relations.
Jan 29, 2018
China's leader is due to start a second five-year term this week. In this NYT Sunday Review piece…
Oct 14, 2017
What happens when three-quarters of a nation loses its mother tongues by government order? 
Aug 27, 2017
In this piece for The New York Times, I write about Cambridge University Press's decision to…
Aug 20, 2017
In this report  for the NYT from the boondocks two hundred kilometers south of Beijing, I look at…
Jul 24, 2017

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