One Man, 1.7 Million Square Meters
November 06, 2013
The slogan of the New Century Global Center, the recently completed largest building in the world by floor space, sounds at first like a Chinglish-y misfire: “The One of Everything.” But as I spent a day wandering around the structure, located in Che
In a creeping sign that Politico-ish news coverage has migrated to the international pages, The New York Times ran several articles over the past week about how the government shutdown, which resulted in President Obama cancelling his trip to Asia, m
Disgusting Toilets and the Future of China
October 08, 2013
What one American writer learned at Beijing Design Week 2013
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?
June 18, 2013
Sussing out Chen Guangcheng’s allegations against his host.
“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 crime that Chinese social media just won't forget.
China's France Fetish
April 05, 2013
China's new rich want wine, cheese, and savoir vivre. Thousands of underemployed Frenchmen are moving east to deliver it.
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.