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In this Opinions section piece for The New York Times , I look at a strange phenomenon that's…
Nov 18, 2020
"How China Beat the Covid Crisis," in this piece for the NYRB I look at the deeper reasons for…
Oct 18, 2020
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

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