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.

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
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
February 20, 2013

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

Next Generation Animation
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.

Frenemies Forever
February 14, 2013

China and North Korea share a real bond. But for how long?