Students and teachers have been some of the hardest-hit by the pandemic, especially if what…
Sep 28, 2020
In his new documentary film, Ai Weiwei presents a China that can quickly crush the pandemic but…
Aug 21, 2020
Thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities for making me a 2020-2021 Public Scholar. 
Aug 3, 2020
Four months ago I lost my visa to China; here's why it still hurts.
Jul 16, 2020
On June 30, the independent New York film distributor Icarus Films is releasing a documentary on…
Jun 29, 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
In this oped for The New York Times, I take on a tricky subject: giving props to some of China's…
Mar 14, 2020
Who speak for the Chinese people? In this esssay for The New York Review of Books , I look at two…
Mar 5, 2020
In this piece for the New York Times, I write about how religious groups are mobilizing to help…
Feb 23, 2020
In this piece for the NYT's Sunday Review , I try to explain (with a bit of humor) why the…
Jan 31, 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 NYT Sunday Review, I look at how the Chinese government, for the first…
Dec 22, 2019
Ten years after A Mosque in Munich was published, the book still resonates in parts of the Arab…
Dec 13, 2019
In this piece for the New York Review Daily, I look at how the protests are playing out and…
Nov 26, 2019
If you've wondered why the Chinese government is cracking down on some relgions but supporting…
Nov 19, 2019
In this recent piece for The New York Review of Books I review R.S. Sugirtharajah's…
Oct 10, 2019
In this op-ed for the New York Times  I describe what Tuesday's scene was like on Tiananmen…
Oct 3, 2019
In this piece for The New York Times , I look at something that all China-watchers know: the fact…
Sep 26, 2019
Not coincidentally, China's ongoing crises in Hong Kong and Xinjiang are at its unstable and…
Sep 7, 2019
I n my first review for the New York Times book section, I look at Julia Lovell's sweeping…
Sep 3, 2019
In this piece for The New York Times , I report on the consecration of Msgr. Yao Shun, the first…
Aug 29, 2019
In this feature for the NYT , I write about how the Forbidden City is opening up, in step with…
Aug 4, 2019
Thanks so much to the American Academy of Religion for honoring me with their prize for best…
Aug 2, 2019
In this daily article for the New York Times , I explain how one of China's Internet pioneers,…
Jul 29, 2019

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