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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
In this Saturday profile for The New York Times , I look at an unconventional historian--the…
Jul 14, 2017
In this article for the New York Times, a long look at the world's leading Buddhist missionary…
Jun 24, 2017
In this NYT travel piece , I explore Beijing as a sacred city.
May 4, 2017
In this NYT National Journal, I write about a strange library emerging from the backwaters of…
Apr 8, 2017
Published today: a story from Singapore in the New York Times that should resonate in China. Read…
Apr 5, 2017
An abbreviated chapter from The Souls of China in the NYT's Sunday Review.
Mar 24, 2017
In this Saturday profile for the New York Times, I talk about the work of Paul Unschuld,…
Sep 23, 2016
China's sometimes-pragmatic approach toward shariah law: my Q&A in the New York Times with…
Sep 6, 2016

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