Christopher Beam

Phantom of the Orchestra
March 02, 2015

Mamoru Samuragochi’s story hit all the right notes: a deaf genius whose music inspired a nation. But the “Japanese Beethoven” wasn’t who he seemed.

Hong Kong's Own Reddit Is Doing the Protesters' Dirty Work—Sometimes too Dirty
October 15, 2014

Are the "Golden brothers" folk hereos or sexist bullies?

Hong Kong's Unrest Is Fading, But These Protesters Aren't Giving Up
October 08, 2014

"It is my responsibility, like the Batman. We are all heroes."

Rumors Are Spreading Like Fire Through Hong Kong's Protests
October 05, 2014

Meet the journalists trying to separate truth from falsehood.

Occupy Hong Kong's Disorganization Might Kill the Movement
October 03, 2014

When does a freewheeling protest tip into utopian anarchism? 

The Uglier Side of the Hong Kong Protests
October 02, 2014

"We’ve tried the whole ‘We’re all Chinese people’ thing. It’s not working.”

Hong Kong's Protests: Six Scenarios for What Will Happen Next
October 01, 2014

The protesters and the government are both digging in. Here's what could happen next.

Meet the Hong Kong Cop Who Has Joined His City's Protesters
September 30, 2014

"In my opinion, force is not necessary," he told me.

Hong Kong Has Split Into Two Worlds
September 29, 2014

Behind the barricades, everyone knows each other and works together.

Stephon Marbury Is Starring in a Chinese Musical About Himself
September 29, 2014

“You leave America, then you go someplace else, you begin to create something totally different.”