Christopher Beam

China's Millennial Literary Rivals Are Now Battling at the Box Office Too
Which young author-turned-director speaks more to China's youth?
August 13, 2014

Meet the two men fighting for the ears of China's youth.

Meet China's Tony Robbins
The predatory gospel of China's most popular motivational speaker
June 08, 2014

The predatory gospel of China's most popular motivational speaker.

"I Think It's Already Been Forgotten"
How China's millennials talk about Tiananmen Square
June 03, 2014

“The government succeeded. We’ve been brainwashed.”


The Secret Messages Inside Chinese URLs
May 01, 2014

URLs like mean a lot more than they appear.

April 08, 2014


Year of the Pigskin
My hilarious, heartbreaking, triumphant season with the American Football League of China
April 08, 2014

A crisis of cultural identity—not to mention offense, defense, and special teams.

Chinese Citizens Are Fed Up With Flight 370 Censorship
And they're looking to the West for reliable information
March 20, 2014

And they're looking to the West for reliable information.

'What Do I Do If I'm Ugly?'
Baidu's autofill reveals the soul of the average Chinese web surfer
March 13, 2014

"What do I do if I'm ugly?" and other press questions of the Chinese public. 

Why Isn't China Dominating Sochi?
The country is no good at the Winter Games—but that could change when it hosts them itself
February 18, 2014

Team China won its first medal at the Sochi Olympics last week, when skater Han Tianyu took the silver in the mens's short-track 1500 meters. China's medal count has since climbed to six, with three golds, two silvers, and one bronze.

China Wants to Build a Better Facebook
Is WeChat out-innovating other social networks?
February 04, 2014

WeChat, China's ultimate chat/social network/mobile payment/online banking all-in-one mega-site