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An American Hero in China

Ian Johnson
<p class="dropcap">One night in September, three hundred people crowded into the basement auditorium of an office tower in Beijing to hear a discussion between two of China’s most popular writers. One was Liu Yu, a thirty-eight-year-...

The Wonderfully Elusive Chinese Novel

Perry Link
In teaching Chinese-language courses to American students, which I have done about thirty times, perhaps the most anguishing question I get is “Professor Link, what is the Chinese word for ______?”

China: What the Uighurs See

Ian Johnson
<p class="dropcap">Xinjiang is one of those remote places whose frequent mention in the international press stymies true understanding. Home to China’s Uighur minority, this vast region of western China is mostly known for being in a...

China: Inventing a Crime

Perry Link
<p>In late January, Chinese authorities announced that they are considering formal charges against <a href="/node/5024">Pu Zhiqiang</a>, one of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, who has been in detention since...

How to Be a Chinese Democrat: An Interview with Liu Yu

Ian Johnson
<p>Liu Yu is one of China’s best-known America-watchers. A professor of political science at Tsinghua University, she lived in the U.S. from 2000 to 2007 and now researches democratization in developing countries, <a href="http://www...

China’s Brave Underground Journal—II

Ian Johnson
<p>In downtown Beijing, just a little over a mile west of the Forbidden City, is one of China’s most illustrious high schools. Its graduates regularly attend the country’s best universities or go abroad to study, while foreign leaders and CEOs...

Pope Francis’ China Problem

Jonathan Mirsky
<p>China-watchers, friends of Tibet, and admirers of Pope Francis were amazed and disappointed last week when the Pope announced he would not be meeting the Dalai Lama during the Tibetan leader’s visit to Rome. The Dalai Lama was there with...

China’s Brave Underground Journal

Ian Johnson
<p>On the last stretch of flatlands north of Beijing, just before the Mongolian foothills, lies the satellite city of Tiantongyuan. Built during the euphoric run-up to the 2008 Olympics, it was designed as a modern, Hong Kong–style housing...

‘China Strikes Back’: An Exchange

Perry Link & Orville Schell
<p><strong>Letters in response to: “<a href="" target="_blank">China Strikes Back!</a>” from the October 23, 2014 issue of <em>...

China’s Unstoppable Lawyers: An Interview with Teng Biao

Ian Johnson
<p>Teng Biao is one of China’s best-known civil-rights lawyers, and a prominent member of the <em>weiquan</em>, or “rights defenders,” movement, a loosely knit coalition of Chinese lawyers and activists who tackle cases related to...

China Strikes Back!

Orville Schell
<p>When Deng Xiaoping arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington in January 1979, his country was just emerging from a long revolutionary deep freeze. No one knew much about this 5-foot-tall Chinese leader. He had suddenly reappeared...

Taking Aim at Hong Kong

Jonathan Mirsky
<p>A surge of emotion washed through me on <a href="" target="_blank">Sunday night</a> as I watched tens of thousands of protesters fill the...

The Chinese Invade Africa

Ian Johnson
<p>In early May, China’s premier, Li Keqiang, made a trip to Africa that raised a central question about China’s rise: What effect will it have on the world’s poorer countries? As a big third-world country that has lifted hundreds of millions...

‘They Don’t Want Moderate Uighurs’

Ian Johnson
<p>In my series of interviews with Chinese intellectuals, there is an empty chair for <a href="" target="_blank">Ilham Tohti</a...

Sex in China: An Interview with Li Yinhe

Ian Johnson
<p>Li Yinhe is one of China’s best-known experts on sex and the family. A member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, she has published widely on sexual mores, women, and family issues. Li also runs a popular <a href="http://blog...