• Xyza Cruz Bacani

    When Hong Kong’s Domestic Helpers Need Help

    Xyza Cruz Bacani It was at a small, off the record press dinner with a Hong Kong government officer not too long ago at the Summer Palace restaurant in the Shangri-la Hotel. The topic of the day, inevitably, came up for discussion: the minimum wage for domestic helpers had just been raised, to reach the monthly allowance of 4210 Hong Kong dollars, or U.S.$540, a month. “Not a lot, for such an expensive place as this!” someone said. “You must take into account that they have no expenses. They do not need to pay... Read full story>>
  • Ed Joes—AFP/Getty Images

    What New Approach Should the U.S. and China Take to North Korea?

    A ChinaFile Conversation

    John Delury, Seong-Hyon Lee & more On Sunday, North Korea launched a long range rocket many see as a test of its capability to launch a missile attack against the U.S., defying both American and Chinese pressure not do so. Republican U.S. presidential candidates argued Washington should press China harder to restrain Pyongyang. If the current mix of negotiations and sanctions are failing to prevent North Korea from advancing its nuclear program, do China and the U.S. need a new approach? What should each country do now and what... Read full story>>
  • Eric Thayer—Getty Images

    Chinese Students Are Flooding U.S. Christian High Schools

    Data Shows Their Atheist Parents Don’t Seem to Mind

    It is no secret that Chinese students are pouring into the United States; over 300,000 of them attended U.S. colleges and universities in 2015 alone, and Chinese are filling up spots in U.S. secondary schools in search of a better education and an easier route into U.S. universities. Less widely known is that at the secondary level, most Chinese attend Christian schools—even though they come from the world’s largest atheist state.Because of restrictions on foreign student enrollment in U.S... Read full story>>
  • (AFP/Getty Images)

    China’s Risky Gamble to Become a Major Player in the Middle East and North Africa

    A China in Africa Podcast

    Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more Chinese president Xi Jinping’s three-country tour of the Middle East and North Africa offers yet another example of Beijing’s expanding drive for increased global influence. During his first visit to the region, Xi traveled to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iran where he inserted his government into the mix of some of the world’s most volatile regions.That Xi chose to visit these countries for his first overseas trip of the year, a highly symbolic act that is closely watched by Chinese foreign policy... Read full story>>
  • Ed Jones—AFP/Getty Images

    Why Are Tibetans Setting Themselves on Fire?

    Tsering Woeser via New York Review of Books February 27, 2009, was the third day of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. It was also the day that self-immolation came to Tibet. The authorities had just cancelled a Great Prayer Festival (Monlam) that was supposed to commemorate the victims of the government crackdown in 2008. A monk by the name of Tapey stepped out of the Kirti Monastery and set his body alight on the streets of Ngawa, in the region known in Tibetan as Amdo, a place of great religious reverence and relevance, now designated as... Read full story>>
  • (Courtesy of Sauced in Translation)

    Sauced: American Cooking in China

    A Sinica Podcast

    Kaiser Kuo & David Moser via Sinica Podcast Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are joined this week by Howie Southworth and Greg Matza, creators of the independent video series “Sauced in Translation,” a reality show that journeys into the wilder parts of China in search of local Chinese specialties that can be re-purposed into classic American dishes. The show is a great concept, brilliantly executed, and we’re delighted to have Howie and Greg here to share some behind-the-scenes stories and talk about how they got started mixing Chinese and... Read full story>>

Recent Stories



How Close Was the Latest Close Call in the South China Sea?

Julian G. Ku, Feng Zhang & more
Had things in fact calmed down in recent weeks as the Chinese official press claimed, only to be stirred up again needlessly by another Freedom of Navigation sail by the U.S. Navy?



When Push Comes to Shove—Movies, China, and the World

Jonathan Landreth from China Film Insider
The moviemaking dance the United States is doing with China is picking up pace. The Asian giant’s audience influence is soaring as estimates show that Chinese box office returns could overtake American ticket sales this year or next. Parity in...

‘My Personal Vendetta’

Ian Johnson from New York Review of Books
The presumed kidnapping of the Hong Kong bookseller and British citizen Lee Bo late last year has brought international attention to the challenges faced by the Hong Kong publishing business. During a break from The New York Review’s conference on...



U.S. Presidential Candidates on China

Our Presidential Quotes tracker keeps you up to date on what the current candidates are saying about China, and where and when they say it. We’ll be updating the site with new and expanded tools for understanding China’s role in the U.S. election in...



A People’s Friendship

James Palmer
It takes a brave man to jump off a moving train for the sake of a sale, but the clothes hawkers had the easy courage of men who did this on the regular. I watched as they leapt off the front carriage as the train chugged into a station with no stop...

Photography and Video




Buried Ideas

Sarah Allan
The discovery of previously unknown philosophical texts from the Axial Age is revolutionizing our understanding of Chinese intellectual history. Buried Ideas presents and discusses four texts found on brush-written slips of bamboo and their seemingly unprecedented political philosophy. Written in the regional script of Chu during the Warring States period (475–221 BCE), all of the works discuss Yao’s abdication to Shun and are related to but differ significantly from the core texts of the classical period, such as the Mencius and Zhuangzi. Notably, these works evince an unusually meritocratic stance, and two even advocate abdication over hereditary succession as a political ideal. Sarah Allan includes full English translations and her own modern-character editions of the four works examined: Tang Yú zhi dao, Zigao, Rongchengshi, and Bao xun. In addition, she provides an introduction to Chu-script bamboo-slip manuscripts and the complex issues inherent in deciphering them. —SUNY Press{chop}



One Child

Mei Fong
When Communist Party leaders adopted the one-child policy in 1980, they hoped curbing birth-rates would help lift China’s poorest and increase the country’s global stature. But at what cost? Now, as China closes the book on the policy after more than three decades, it faces a population grown too old and too male, with a vastly diminished supply of young workers.Mei Fong has spent years documenting the policy’s repercussions on every sector of Chinese society. In One Child, she explores its true human impact, traveling across China to meet the people who live with its consequences. Their stories reveal a dystopian reality: unauthorized second children ignored by the state, only-children supporting aging parents and grandparents on their own, villages teeming with ineligible bachelors, and an ungoverned adoption market stretching across the globe. Fong tackles questions that have major implications for China’s future: whether its “Little Emperor” cohort will make for an entitled or risk-averse generation; how China will manage to support itself when one in every four people is over sixty-five years old; and above all, how much the one-child policy may end up hindering China’s growth.Weaving in Fong’s reflections on striving to become a mother herself, One Child offers a nuanced and candid report from the extremes of family planning. —Houghton Mifflin Harcourt{chop}




Censorship and Conscience

PEN International

In this report, PEN American Center (PEN) examines how foreign authors in particular are navigating the heavily censored Chinese book industry. China is one of the largest book publishing markets in the world, with total revenue projected to exceed $16 billion in 2015 and a...



Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China

Council on Foreign Relations

China represents and will remain the most significant competitor to the United States for decades to come. As such, the need for a more coherent U.S. response to increasing Chinese power is long overdue. Because the American effort to “integrate” China into the liberal...

Around the Web

Senate Approves New North Korea Sanctions

The Senate approved sanctions against North Korea for carrying out missile tests, cybersecurity attacks and human rights abuses....


China Says Its Students, Even Those Abroad, Need More ‘Patriotic Education’

The directive calls for “patriotic education” to suffuse each stage and aspect of schooling....

New York Times

Hong Kong's Business Community is 'Freaked Out' Over China's Crackdown

A crisis of confidence has hit companies in Hong Kong following the abduction of booksellers by Chinese agents....


Invisible Bridges: Life Along the Chinese-Russian Border

Is the new friendship between Russia and China real?...

New Yorker

Where Are All the Women in China’s Anticorruption Campaign?

Women make up just over 2 percent of the “tigers” brought down by corruption....

Council on Foreign Relations

'China Has Only One Real Ally'

Director of the Institute for International Relations at Tsinghua University believes China's only real ally is Pakistan......

Business Insider