Articles

Why the case of a Chinese law professor matter: In this piece  for the NYR Daily, I tell the…
Apr 19, 2019
In this essay for The New York Review of Books I look at a arts and culture space in Xi'an…
Apr 19, 2019
On Monday, the Chengdu-based blogger Huang Qi was put on trial for leaking sensitive state…
Jan 15, 2019
How does a society fight the downward spiral into oligarchy and repression? The small European…
Jan 14, 2019
Why has China had such a hard time accommodating Islam? In this piece for The New York Review of…
Nov 23, 2018
In my latest for The New York Review of Books , I look at Taoism: how it moved westward and…
Oct 20, 2018
On Friday night in Berlin, about 500 people came to the Gethsemane Church for a service to…
Jul 10, 2018
Read the latest in my eight-year series of interview with Chinese thinkers about problems facing…
Jun 18, 2018
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake, a time when it seemed like civil…
May 16, 2018
"Mao and Deng had proxies who took the fall for failed policies. Now, it’s Xi standing alone." 
Mar 14, 2018
As we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Great Leap Famine, I ask the touchy question of who…
Feb 5, 2018
An interview with the contemporary Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie on his decision to work inside the…
Jan 6, 2018
I met one of contempoary China's greatest writers just before his death two decades ago, but…
Oct 8, 2017
In this multi-book review essay for the NYRB, I look at the fate of China's rights lawyers and…
Aug 4, 2017
In this blogpost for the New York Review of Books daily, I look at Liu Xiaobo's death in the…
Jul 14, 2017
My review essay of three major new novels by Yu Hua and Yan Lianke.
Jun 19, 2017
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

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