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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
My New York Times Saturday Profile of Yang Weidong and his quixotic effort to document the soul…
Aug 12, 2016
My report in the Sunday New York Times from China's Christian heartland on the government's…
May 21, 2016
Behind the ubiquitous China Dream campaign is one family's real-life story of death and tragedy. My…
Dec 6, 2015
In this "Journal" for the New York Times  I look at the strange fate of Baoding. From provincial…
Oct 1, 2015
China's cross-removal campaign has hit a snag: its own government-backed churches, which…
Aug 13, 2015
My NYT Sinosphere blog Q&A with writer Nick Holdstock on his new book on the Uighurs of…
Aug 13, 2015
How much do we really know about the Mao era? In this Q&A with Stanford University's Andrew…
Jul 20, 2015
This is another in a loose series I've been doing for the New York Times on creating a mega-city of…
Jul 20, 2015
Are Chinese really as atheistic as a recent Gallup poll suggests? I take a closer look.
Jul 2, 2015
In this piece for the Sunday New York Times , I write about a lawsuit filed by Li Nanyang, the…
Apr 26, 2015
In this Q&A for the NYT's Sinosphere blog , I talk to polymath poet Willis Barnstone on his…
Apr 17, 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
In this two-part Q&A with U Rochester anthropologist John Osburg, we discuss in parts 1 the…
Dec 18, 2014
Once the backbone of imperial China and a backbone of China's early market reform efforts,…
Oct 16, 2014
September 30 is a new holiday in China, Martyrs' Day. On some level it's like memorial days in…
Sep 29, 2014

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