Articles

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
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

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