Articles

"How China Beat the Covid Crisis," in this piece for the NYRB I look at the deeper reasons for…
Oct 18, 2020
In his new documentary film, Ai Weiwei presents a China that can quickly crush the pandemic but…
Aug 21, 2020
Thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities for making me a 2020-2021 Public Scholar. 
Aug 3, 2020
On June 30, the independent New York film distributor Icarus Films is releasing a documentary on…
Jun 29, 2020
Who speak for the Chinese people? In this esssay for The New York Review of Books , I look at two…
Mar 5, 2020
A huge thank-you to the jury of the Robert B. Silvers Foundation, for making me one of their…
Jan 17, 2020
Not coincidentally, China's ongoing crises in Hong Kong and Xinjiang are at its unstable and…
Sep 7, 2019
In this feature for the NYT , I write about how the Forbidden City is opening up, in step with…
Aug 4, 2019
The Rubin Museum of Art recently held a groundbreaking exhibition on something of a taboo, or at…
Jul 16, 2019
How do Chinse people keep the memory of the June 4 massacre alive? In this piece for The New…
Jun 3, 2019
"How the Party Decided to Shoot Its People:" In this essay for The New York Review of Books , we…
May 30, 2019
Chen Hongguo might be China's most famous ex-professor. In this Q&A for the NYR Daily, I ask…
May 14, 2019
Why the case of a Chinese law professor matters: 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
I'm honored to have written the introduction to Liao Yiwu's new book, which chronicles the…
Apr 8, 2019
In my latest installment of the "Talking About China" series in the NYR Daily, I talk to Zhang…
Jan 31, 2019
Parlez-vou 中文?How growing up during Montreal's language wars made me a China watcher
Oct 17, 2018
On Friday night in Berlin, about 500 people came to the Gethsemane Church for a service to…
Jul 10, 2018
How one of the most important documents in Chinese history ended up in Washington's Smithsonian…
Jun 8, 2018
As we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Great Leap Famine, I ask the touchy question of who…
Feb 5, 2018
In this Saturday profile for The New York Times , I look at an unconventional historian--the…
Jul 14, 2017
In this NYT travel piece , I explore Beijing as a sacred city.
May 4, 2017
Published today: a story from Singapore in the New York Times that should resonate in China. Read…
Apr 5, 2017
In this NYRB review , I look at Howard French's new book on how the past is shaping China's…
Mar 30, 2017
It took some doing but I managed to interview the reclusive author Ke Yunlu. Read it here in the…
Mar 29, 2017

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