Articles

Why would someone hire drag queens for a funeral service?
Sep 9, 2017
My review essay of three major new novels by Yu Hua and Yan Lianke.
Jun 19, 2017
It took some doing but I managed to interview the reclusive author Ke Yunlu. Read it here in the…
Mar 29, 2017
The courageous journalist Tan Hecheng on the party's need to renounce violence.
Jan 13, 2017
My piece in the New York Times on Xi's efforts to keep a lid on China's explosive religious…
Oct 7, 2016
In this New York Review of Books interview with the filmmaker Ai Xiaoming, we talk about…
Sep 8, 2016
China's sometimes-pragmatic approach toward shariah law: my Q&A in the New York Times with…
Sep 6, 2016
In this Q&A with Terry Kleeman for the NYT's Sinosphere blog , we talk about the origins of…
Aug 9, 2016
This should be the title of a very eclectic conference I'll be attending in August. 
Jul 26, 2016
A few updates on talks. On July 7 I spoke at the Freie Universität Berlin on China's religious…
Jul 15, 2016
In this excerpt , the Guardian reprints part of my concluding chapter--the "coda"--of The Oxford…
Jun 8, 2016
My report in the Sunday New York Times from China's Christian heartland on the government's…
May 21, 2016
As part of my ongoing series of Q&As with Chinese intellectuals and writers, I interview the…
Jan 22, 2016
New York University's Center for Religion and Media is launching a new fellowship program to…
Dec 25, 2015
Behind the ubiquitous China Dream campaign is one family's real-life story of death and tragedy. My…
Dec 6, 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
Awarding the Nobel Prize for medicine to a researcher in traditional Chinese medicine has rekindled…
Oct 10, 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
China's cross-removal campaign has hit a snag: its own government-backed churches, which…
Aug 13, 2015
Are Chinese really as atheistic as a recent Gallup poll suggests? I take a closer look.
Jul 2, 2015
In this two-part Q&A with U Rochester anthropologist John Osburg, we discuss in parts 1 the…
Dec 18, 2014
In this broadcast of Tom Ashbrook's "On Point," I join U Chicago's Dali Yang and Duke's Kang Liu…
Nov 4, 2014
I'll be in Chicago and St. Louis for a series of talks sponsored by the Pulitzer Center. One of…
Oct 24, 2014
In this interview on the New York Review of Books blog , I talk to Woeser and Wang Lixiong, two of…
Aug 16, 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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