Articles

My piece in the New York Times  on Lüliang, a Shanxi coal town at the center of China's corruption…
Dec 28, 2014
In this two-part Q&A with U Rochester anthropologist John Osburg, we discuss in parts 1 the…
Dec 18, 2014
Once the backbone of imperial China and a backbone of China's early market reform efforts,…
Oct 16, 2014
September 30 is a new holiday in China, Martyrs' Day. On some level it's like memorial days in…
Sep 29, 2014
In this piece for the New York Times , I profile filmmaker Jocelyn Ford and her documentary on…
Aug 21, 2014
The rise of WeChat (Weixin in Chinese) and its replacement of Weibo as the country's preeminent…
Jul 4, 2014
The demolition of a church in Wenzhou, the economic boomtown south of Shanghai, garnered some…
Jun 2, 2014
After a bit of a hiatus,  part 5 of our series  on urbanization, on the loss of rural culture, the…
Feb 1, 2014
In part 4 of a series on urbanization in China that I've been doing for the New York Times, I look…
Nov 10, 2013
In late August, two dozen Chinese intellectuals met at Oxford University and drew up a statement…
Oct 19, 2013
n the third installment to our series in the NYT on the trials of urbanization in China, we focus…
Sep 9, 2013
In the second installment for the New York Times of my series on urbanization, I profile Li…
Jul 13, 2013
This is the first of a multi-part series I've written on urbanization in China, a trend that will…
Jun 15, 2013
I'm a passionate tea drinker but normally prefer Chinese greens.  In this article for the New York…
Feb 23, 2013
Most attention has focused on the death of a British businessman as the trigger for China's ongoing…
May 3, 2012
I took a trip to Chongqing for the New York Times to see what was up with the scandal around Bo…
Mar 7, 2012
Here's a  modest piece  on why the U.S. does or doesn't do more cultural diplomacy in China. There…
Nov 22, 2011
I recently had the opportunity to profile Chan Koonchung (aka Chen Guanzhong), the Hong Kong author…
Jul 31, 2011
Here's a piece in the NYT on the battle over two permanent exhibitions on Chinese history at the…
Apr 3, 2011
I've been fascinated by China's religious revival, which is actually happening largely with the…
Nov 8, 2010
I'm a big fan of Baroque music and was excited when the Beijing Music Festival decided to focus on…
Oct 28, 2010

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