With the Vatican and Beijing on the verge of a historic deal, I take a deeper look at the problems…
Feb 14, 2018
In his first comments since news of a possible deal between the Vatican and Beijing broke, an…
Feb 11, 2018
As we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Great Leap Famine, I ask the touchy question of who…
Feb 5, 2018
Nearly 20 years ago, China was rocked by what are still the biggest demonstrations since the 1989…
Feb 1, 2018
In this NYT piece , I write about surprising new develops in Sino-Vatican relations.
Jan 29, 2018
In this interview with Five Books, I give my favorite five books on religion in China.
Jan 17, 2018
An interview with the contemporary Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie on his decision to work inside the…
Jan 6, 2018
The Economist has ranked The Souls of China one of the best books of 2017. Check out the review…
Dec 11, 2017
China's leader is due to start a second five-year term this week. In this NYT Sunday Review piece…
Oct 14, 2017
I met one of contempoary China's greatest writers just before his death two decades ago, but…
Oct 8, 2017
Starting in October I'll be on the road for over three weeks to talk about China's search for…
Sep 30, 2017
I'm sorry to report the passing of a legendary foreign correspondent, Wilbur G. Landrey, chief…
Sep 30, 2017
How are Chinese Catholics faring during this period of tensions between Beijing and the Vatican?…
Sep 27, 2017
Why would someone hire drag queens for a funeral service?
Sep 9, 2017
What happens when three-quarters of a nation loses its mother tongues by government order? 
Aug 27, 2017
In this piece for The New York Times, I write about Cambridge University Press's decision to…
Aug 20, 2017
Check out these two related interviews: one with the BBC and the other on The Sinica Podcast. 
Aug 4, 2017
In this multi-book review essay for the NYRB, I look at the fate of China's rights lawyers and…
Aug 4, 2017
In this report  for the NYT from the boondocks two hundred kilometers south of Beijing, I look at…
Jul 24, 2017
In this review for the Christianity-in-China website ChinaSource, founder Brent Fulton writes:…
Jul 23, 2017
In this blogpost for the New York Review of Books daily, I look at Liu Xiaobo's death in the…
Jul 14, 2017
In this Saturday profile for The New York Times , I look at an unconventional historian--the…
Jul 14, 2017
One of the great pleasures and privileges of getting one's book reviewed is discovering people…
Jun 29, 2017
In this article for the New York Times, a long look at the world's leading Buddhist missionary…
Jun 24, 2017
My review essay of three major new novels by Yu Hua and Yan Lianke.
Jun 19, 2017

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