Articles

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
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
An interview with the contemporary Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie on his decision to work inside the…
Jan 6, 2018
Why would someone hire drag queens for a funeral service?
Sep 9, 2017
What happens when three-quarters of a nation loses its mother tongues by government order? 
Aug 27, 2017
It took some doing but I managed to interview the reclusive author Ke Yunlu. Read it here in the…
Mar 29, 2017
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
At last year's U.S. Catholic China conference, I had the honor of interviewing UC San Diego…
Feb 4, 2014
While in New York City earlier this month I had the chance to see the Chinese film director Jia…
Oct 25, 2013
In late August, two dozen Chinese intellectuals met at Oxford University and drew up a statement…
Oct 19, 2013
In this blogpost for the New York Review of Books , I look at a propaganda barrage around Chinese…
Oct 15, 2013
If you're interested in the destruction of Chinese culture,  this interview  with one of China' top…
Apr 8, 2012
A hilarious, wide-ranging interview with writer and blogger Ran Yunfei,  here on the New York…
Mar 7, 2012
Despite crackdowns, there are signs that China's leaders are interested in fostering religious…
Oct 29, 2011