One Man, 1.7 Million Square Meters
My day in the world's biggest building—a Chinese mall you've never heard of
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

The Government Shutdown Means China Will Rule the World! Or Something.
October 09, 2013

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
What I learned at Beijing Design Week 2013
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?
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.