Articles

At last year's U.S. Catholic China conference, I had the honor of interviewing UC San Diego…
Feb 4, 2014
In the West, everyone is familiar with pushy tiger moms, but in China, this way of raising children…
Feb 1, 2014
After a bit of a hiatus,  part 5 of our series  on urbanization, on the loss of rural culture, the…
Feb 1, 2014
My second piece in the New Yorker this year is on pollution in Chinese cities. I spent some time in…
Nov 25, 2013
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
What's the China Dream?  In this New York Review of Books essay  of six new books on China--some…
Nov 1, 2013
In this blogpost for the New York Review of Books , I look at a propaganda barrage around Chinese…
Oct 15, 2013
This is the first of a multi-part series I've written on urbanization in China, a trend that will…
Jun 15, 2013
My piece in the April 22 New Yorker on the world's largest studio lot in the world--Hengdian…
Apr 15, 2013
A man with trained mice at the East Peak Temple Fair, Feb. 10, 2013. Chinese New Year is the time…
Feb 15, 2013
In 2011 I particiapted in an interesting conference on religion and charity organizations in China…
Jan 10, 2013
Better late than never, but I just saw Minbao's "Geo" magazine review of the  2012 Chinese edition…
Jan 10, 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
In the current issue of the New York Review of Books ( clickable here, no paywall ) I have the…
Nov 5, 2012
The Asia Society's new website on China, ChinaFile, has published my contribution to Chinese…
Sep 17, 2012
Yuan Zhiming, who helped create one of the most important TV shows of 1980s China ("River Elegy"),…
Sep 4, 2012
It took eight years but my book Wild Grass: Three Portraits of Change in Modern China (Pantheon…
Sep 1, 2012
Excerpts from  a talk with  Harvard Professor Rod MacFarquhar and Asia Society head Orville Schell.
Jul 2, 2012
If you're interested in the destruction of Chinese culture,  this interview  with one of China' top…
Apr 8, 2012
What do Bo Xilai and hibernating insects have in common. I try to figure this out  in this blogpost…
Mar 20, 2012
A hilarious, wide-ranging interview with writer and blogger Ran Yunfei,  here on the New York…
Mar 7, 2012
One of China's best-known journalists, Chang Ping, is in quasi-exile in Germany.  In this interview…
Jan 27, 2012
After the FLG crackdown in the 2000s, qigong was largely banned in China. But along with other…
Jan 14, 2012
The current (2012) issue of the  Journal of Daoist Studies  has a piece by me on the recent history…
Jan 12, 2012

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