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Why did Beijing issue a "red alert" for smog this week when it has seen far worse days? I explore…
Dec 9, 2015
In this piece for the New York Review of Books Daily , I take issue with the idea of Xi as a…
Nov 24, 2015
My Q&A with Ai Weiwei and Liao Yiwu in the NYRB, discussing Ai's new-found desire to keep a…
Sep 13, 2015
How best to write about China? In this piece for the New York Review of Books , I write about my…
Apr 17, 2015
My review in the NYR blog of Carolyn Drake's stunning new photobook, "Wild Pigeon," which goes…
Apr 13, 2015
My NYRB "Talking About China" Q&A with Chinese intellectuals who knew the imprisoned Uighur…
Feb 3, 2015
My NYRB "Talking About China" Q&A with one of China's top America-watchers, the Tsinghua…
Feb 3, 2015
In part 2 of my look at the underground history journal, Remembrance, I look at how the journal…
Nov 29, 2014
Part 1 of a two-page article in the New York Review of Books on a samizdat historical journal in…
Nov 16, 2014
In this article in the New York Review of Books , I review two new books on China in Africa, one…
Sep 7, 2014
In this interview on the New York Review of Books blog , I talk to Woeser and Wang Lixiong, two of…
Aug 16, 2014
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen massacre.  In this New York Review of…
May 15, 2014
In this essay  in the New York Review of Books, I tackle a bevy of new books on China and foreign…
Apr 21, 2014
As the U.S. moves toward more standardized testing, China seems to be moving in the opposite…
Apr 8, 2014
I recently had the chance to read a couple of fascinating books about Christianity's growth in…
Feb 20, 2014
What's the China Dream?  In this New York Review of Books essay  of six new books on China--some…
Nov 1, 2013
While in New York City earlier this month I had the chance to see the Chinese film director Jia…
Oct 25, 2013
In this blogpost for the New York Review of Books , I look at a propaganda barrage around Chinese…
Oct 15, 2013
In this blogpost for the New York Review of Books , an adaption of my introduction to Lao She's…
Aug 26, 2013
As part of Penguin's efforts to promote Chinese literature, it has re-released several of the…
Aug 8, 2013
I look at an interesting new book on architectural mimicry in China to riff on the culture of…
Jun 6, 2013
The New York Review of Books  asked me to look at a photo book on Sufi shrines in China's western…
Apr 25, 2013
A man with trained mice at the East Peak Temple Fair, Feb. 10, 2013. Chinese New Year is the time…
Feb 15, 2013
Why has China arrested over 1,000 members of an odd religious sect in rural China?  In this piece…
Dec 22, 2012
A lot has been written about the Chinese Communist Party's 18th Congress but  in this essay for…
Nov 30, 2012

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