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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
Despite continuing repression, religious life in China continues to expand and even flourish.  In…
Dec 4, 2011
Despite crackdowns, there are signs that China's leaders are interested in fostering religious…
Oct 29, 2011
Here's a review essay  in the current issue of the NYRB on saving/destroying/rebuilding Olde…
Jun 2, 2011
I've been fascinated by China's auto-cultural genocide (the willful destruction of its own culture)…
Jun 1, 2011
After the NYT Daoism story, I got asked to recommend books on Daoism. Here's my pick of five (or…
Nov 8, 2010
I've been fascinated by China's religious revival, which is actually happening largely with the…
Nov 8, 2010

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