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In this review  in The New York Review of Books, Roderick MacFarquhar gives a detailed review of…
May 21, 2017
In this NYRB review , I look at Howard French's new book on how the past is shaping China's…
Mar 30, 2017
Some thoughts on Bob Silvers and China in a ChinaFile discussion . 
Mar 23, 2017
In this analysis for the New York Review of Books Daily , I look at Xi Jinping's record now that…
Mar 20, 2017
In this New York Review of Books essay, I review one of the most remarkable new works of history…
Dec 30, 2016
My essay in the NYRB on a raft of fascinating new books on the Cultural Revolution, many by…
Oct 10, 2016
In this essay in The New York Review of Books , I review books of poetry by Liu Xia and look at…
Sep 14, 2016
In this post for the NYR Daily , I specuate on how the Rio doping scandals are further evidence…
Aug 3, 2016
In this NYRB article, I look at the political implications of new archaeological finds in China.…
Apr 3, 2016
My skeptical take on closing the famous Dahlem museums in Berlin. NYR Daily unpaywalled here . 
Mar 1, 2016
On Jan. 15 and 16, The New York Review of Books , Hong Kong University and several other groups…
Jan 8, 2016
Why did Beijing issue a "red alert" for smog this week when it has seen far worse days? I explore…
Dec 9, 2015
In this piece for the New York Review of Books Daily , I take issue with the idea of Xi as a…
Nov 24, 2015
My Q&A with Ai Weiwei and Liao Yiwu in the NYRB, discussing Ai's new-found desire to keep a…
Sep 13, 2015
How best to write about China? In this piece for the New York Review of Books , I write about my…
Apr 17, 2015
My review in the NYR blog of Carolyn Drake's stunning new photobook, "Wild Pigeon," which goes…
Apr 13, 2015
My NYRB "Talking About China" Q&A with Chinese intellectuals who knew the imprisoned Uighur…
Feb 3, 2015
My NYRB "Talking About China" Q&A with one of China's top America-watchers, the Tsinghua…
Feb 3, 2015
In part 2 of my look at the underground history journal, Remembrance, I look at how the journal…
Nov 29, 2014
Part 1 of a two-page article in the New York Review of Books on a samizdat historical journal in…
Nov 16, 2014
In this article in the New York Review of Books , I review two new books on China in Africa, one…
Sep 7, 2014
In this interview on the New York Review of Books blog , I talk to Woeser and Wang Lixiong, two of…
Aug 16, 2014
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen massacre.  In this New York Review of…
May 15, 2014
In this essay  in the New York Review of Books, I tackle a bevy of new books on China and foreign…
Apr 21, 2014
As the U.S. moves toward more standardized testing, China seems to be moving in the opposite…
Apr 8, 2014

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