Articles

Four months ago I lost my visa to China; here's why it still hurts.
Jul 16, 2020
On June 30, the independent New York film distributor Icarus Films is releasing a documentary on…
Jun 29, 2020
In this oped for The New York Times, I take on a tricky subject: giving props to some of China's…
Mar 14, 2020
In this piece for the New York Times, I write about how religious groups are mobilizing to help…
Feb 23, 2020
In this piece for the NYT's Sunday Review , I try to explain (with a bit of humor) why the…
Jan 31, 2020
In this piece for the NYT Sunday Review, I look at how the Chinese government, for the first…
Dec 22, 2019
In this op-ed for the New York Times  I describe what Tuesday's scene was like on Tiananmen…
Oct 3, 2019
In this piece for The New York Times , I look at something that all China-watchers know: the fact…
Sep 26, 2019
I n my first review for the New York Times book section, I look at Julia Lovell's sweeping…
Sep 3, 2019
In this piece for The New York Times , I report on the consecration of Msgr. Yao Shun, the first…
Aug 29, 2019
In this feature for the NYT , I write about how the Forbidden City is opening up, in step with…
Aug 4, 2019
Thanks so much to the American Academy of Religion for honoring me with their prize for best…
Aug 2, 2019
In this daily article for the New York Times , I explain how one of China's Internet pioneers,…
Jul 29, 2019
How do Chinse people keep the memory of the June 4 massacre alive? In this piece for The New…
Jun 3, 2019
In 2016 I published a long article in The New York Review of Books on a team at Tsinghua…
Mar 1, 2019
In this obituary in the NYT , I describe the life of Li Rui, Mao's personal secretary who later…
Feb 16, 2019
On Monday, the Chengdu-based blogger Huang Qi was put on trial for leaking sensitive state…
Jan 15, 2019
One of the main characters in The Souls of China is Wang Yi, a dynamic pastor in the…
Dec 14, 2018
In this piece for The New York Times I investigate Beijing's new airport in the suburb of…
Nov 26, 2018
Christians in China have faced two very different challenges: naked state violence and state…
Sep 25, 2018
The downfall of China's most prominent Buddhist monk raises questions about the religion's path.
Sep 15, 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
Is the Chinese government preparing a crackdown on Christianity in China? And does it have to do…
Apr 9, 2018
With the Vatican and Beijing on the verge of a historic deal, I take a deeper look at the problems…
Feb 14, 2018

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