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A few updates on talks. On July 7 I spoke at the Freie Universität Berlin on China's religious…
Jul 15, 2016
In this excerpt , the Guardian reprints part of my concluding chapter--the "coda"--of The Oxford…
Jun 8, 2016
My report in the Sunday New York Times from China's Christian heartland on the government's…
May 21, 2016
As part of my ongoing series of Q&As with Chinese intellectuals and writers, I interview the…
Jan 22, 2016
New York University's Center for Religion and Media is launching a new fellowship program to…
Dec 25, 2015
Behind the ubiquitous China Dream campaign is one family's real-life story of death and tragedy. My…
Dec 6, 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
Awarding the Nobel Prize for medicine to a researcher in traditional Chinese medicine has rekindled…
Oct 10, 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
China's cross-removal campaign has hit a snag: its own government-backed churches, which…
Aug 13, 2015
Are Chinese really as atheistic as a recent Gallup poll suggests? I take a closer look.
Jul 2, 2015
In this two-part Q&A with U Rochester anthropologist John Osburg, we discuss in parts 1 the…
Dec 18, 2014
In this broadcast of Tom Ashbrook's "On Point," I join U Chicago's Dali Yang and Duke's Kang Liu…
Nov 4, 2014
I'll be in Chicago and St. Louis for a series of talks sponsored by the Pulitzer Center. One of…
Oct 24, 2014
In this interview on the New York Review of Books blog , I talk to Woeser and Wang Lixiong, two of…
Aug 16, 2014
As the U.S. moves toward more standardized testing, China seems to be moving in the opposite…
Apr 8, 2014
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

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