Articles

"How China Beat the Covid Crisis," in this piece for the NYRB I look at the deeper reasons for…
Oct 18, 2020
In this  mini vignette  for the New York Review of Books Daily, I describe a moment during the…
Apr 1, 2020
In this Q&A , my 33rd for the New York Review of Books , I talk to the Chinese non-fiction…
Mar 24, 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
In this piece for the New York Review Daily, I look at how the protests are playing out and…
Nov 26, 2019
In this recent piece for The New York Review of Books I review R.S. Sugirtharajah's…
Oct 10, 2019
Not coincidentally, China's ongoing crises in Hong Kong and Xinjiang are at its unstable and…
Sep 7, 2019
Thanks so much to the American Academy of Religion for honoring me with their prize for best…
Aug 2, 2019
The Rubin Museum of Art recently held a groundbreaking exhibition on something of a taboo, or at…
Jul 16, 2019
"How the Party Decided to Shoot Its People:" In this essay for The New York Review of Books , we…
May 30, 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
On Monday, the Chengdu-based blogger Huang Qi was put on trial for leaking sensitive state…
Jan 15, 2019
How does a society fight the downward spiral into oligarchy and repression? The small European…
Jan 14, 2019
Why has China had such a hard time accommodating Islam? In this piece for The New York Review of…
Nov 23, 2018
In my latest for The New York Review of Books , I look at Taoism: how it moved westward and…
Oct 20, 2018
On Friday night in Berlin, about 500 people came to the Gethsemane Church for a service to…
Jul 10, 2018
Read the latest in my eight-year series of interview with Chinese thinkers about problems facing…
Jun 18, 2018
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake, a time when it seemed like civil…
May 16, 2018
"Mao and Deng had proxies who took the fall for failed policies. Now, it’s Xi standing alone." 
Mar 14, 2018
As we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Great Leap Famine, I ask the touchy question of who…
Feb 5, 2018
An interview with the contemporary Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie on his decision to work inside the…
Jan 6, 2018
I met one of contempoary China's greatest writers just before his death two decades ago, but…
Oct 8, 2017
In this multi-book review essay for the NYRB, I look at the fate of China's rights lawyers and…
Aug 4, 2017

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