Articles

The Rubin Museum of Art recently held a groundbreaking exhibition on something of a taboo, or at…
Jul 16, 2019
Chen Hongguo might be China's most famous ex-professor. In this Q&A for the NYR Daily, I ask…
May 14, 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
In another in my NYRB "Talking About China" Q&As, I speak with the devout Buddhist…
Feb 19, 2019
A few weeks ago, Foreign Affairs asked me to revisit a piece I did for them in 2017 on China's…
Jan 7, 2019
One of the main characters in The Souls of China is Wang Yi, a dynamic pastor in the…
Dec 14, 2018
Why has China had such a hard time accommodating Islam? In this piece for The New York Review of…
Nov 23, 2018
It's official: I'm now a doctoral candidate at Leipzig University, studying Chinese religion and…
Nov 11, 2018
In my latest for The New York Review of Books , I look at Taoism: how it moved westward and…
Oct 20, 2018
Parlez-vou 中文?How growing up during Montreal's language wars made me a China watcher
Oct 17, 2018
As a follow-up to a talk I gave this past spring, the Steyler Missionaries' China Zentrum in Sankt…
Sep 11, 2018
For German readers here's a piece I did for  china heute  on the future of religion in China. 
Aug 3, 2018
In this interview with Five Books, I give my favorite five books on religion in China.
Jan 17, 2018
An interview with the contemporary Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie on his decision to work inside the…
Jan 6, 2018
Starting in October I'll be on the road for over three weeks to talk about China's search for…
Sep 30, 2017
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

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