Don't the Chinese Know How to Stage a Show Trial Anymore?
August 27, 2013

On first glance, the just-concluded trial of disgraced former Politburo member Bo Xilai on corruption charges appears to be every bit the sham most assumed it would be.

The Five Weirdest Ways That Countries Combat Obesity
July 23, 2013

As Judith Shulevitz reports in her latest Phenomenology column in The New Republic, our intense focus on weight loss often overlooks the importance of treating the chronic disease of obesity.

Did NYU Screw Over Its Famous Chinese Dissident?
Sussing out Chen Guangcheng’s allegations against his host
June 18, 2013

Sussing out Chen Guangcheng’s allegations against his host.

Yes, Free Speech Is Big in Hong Kong—Because They Must Constantly Defend It
June 10, 2013

“Hong Kong has a strong tradition of free speech.” That's how Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old leaker who slammed National Security Agency surveillance as an "existential threat to democracy," described his decision to flee to China. 

The 20-Year-Old Crime That's Blowing Up on Chinese Social Media
May 04, 2013

The crime that Chinese social media just won't forget.

China's France Fetish
The new rich want wine, cheese, and savoir vivre. Underemployed Frenchmen are glad to deliver it.
April 05, 2013

China's new rich want wine, cheese, and savoir vivre. Thousands of underemployed Frenchmen are moving east to deliver it.

Three Worlds
March 09, 2013

A sympathetically acted film about Jean Renoir, a PBS documentary on the life of Philip Roth, and a small movie about young Americans in China.

Obama's Pivot to Europe
Forget China. An EU trade deal would be the real game-changer.
February 20, 2013

Forget China: A trade deal with Europe would be the real game-changer.

Next Generation Animation
How the Internet changed cartoons
February 20, 2013

Today's animated television caters to the Internet-addicted.

Chinese Embassies Love Facebook—Even Though Chinese Citizens Are Banned From It
February 17, 2013

Welcome to the weird social-media world of Chinese consulates.