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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-...

Sinica Podcast


In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland

Kaiser Kuo, David Moser & more
<p>Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are joined by Michael Meyer, the author of <a href=""><em>The Last Days of Old Beijing</em></a> and now <a href=...



China’s Real Inconvenient Truth: Its Class Divide

Rachel Lu
<p>China is <a href="">talking</a> about its pollution problem, but its equally serious class problem...



The Other China

Michael Meyer & Ian Buruma
<p>Writers Michael Meyer and Ian Buruma engage in a discussion co-sponsoted by <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The New York Review of Books</em></a>...

Earthbound China


Village Acupuncture

Andrew Stokols
<p class="dropcap">On a bamboo-covered mountaintop the mud-walled houses of Diaotan village are just barely visible through the thick fog that often shrouds this remote hamlet in China’s Zhejiang province. Worn but sturdy earthen...



‘Still Not Married?’ A Graphic Guide to Surviving Chinese New Year

Roseann Lake
<p>Maya Hong is a Beijing transplant from a small town outside of Harbin, the icy city not far from China’s border with Siberia. Though proud of her glacial origins and skilled at combating subzero temperatures, over the years Hong, 30, has...



‘This is not that China Story’

James Carter & Michael Meyer
<p>James Carter spent much of the 1990s researching <a href="" target="_blank">the modern history of Harbin</a>, China’s...



The View from Wasteland

Michael Meyer
<p class="dropcap">In winter the land is frozen and still. A cloudless sky shines off snow-covered rice paddies, reflecting light so bright, you have to shield your eyes. I lean into a stinging wind and trudge north up Red Flag Road...



The Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography

<p>At a moment when the world is more engaged with China than ever before, ChinaFile, a project of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, and the Magnum Foundation are pleased to announce the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in...



A Look Back at 2014

The Editors
<p class="dropcap">It’s hard to believe, but ChinaFile is almost two years old. It’s been an exciting year for us, and, as ever, an eventful year for China. It was a year of muscular leadership from Xi Jinping, who has now been in...



Down to the Countryside

Sun Yunfan & Leah Thompson
The world has heard much of late about the scale and scope of China’s mass migration from the poor rural countryside to its booming cities. Some think the number of these migrant workers will soon reach some 400 million souls. They have created...

Earthbound China


A Map of China’s Back-to-the-Land Efforts

Leah Thompson
<p>In our short film “<a href="" target="_blank">Down to the Countryside</a>,” Sun Yunfan and I follow Ou Ning, an artist and curator who...



Who Really Benefits from Poverty Alleviation in China?

<p>A series of <a href="">reports</a> issued by China's National Audit Office highlights problems in 19 counties that have received funding from national...



Tibetan Plateau Faces Massive ‘Ecosystem Shift’

<p>Large areas of grasslands, alpine meadows, wetlands, and permafrost will disappear on the Tibetan plateau by 2050, with serious implications for environmental security in China and South Asia, a <a href="