Christina Larson is an award-winning American journalist in Beijing who writes about the environment and the human side of China’s economic boom. She is a contributing correspondent for Science and for Bloomberg Businessweek. From profiling scientists to activists to entrepreneurs, the common thread of her inquiry is finding people with creative solutions to pressing problems. Her reporting from Asia on science, technology, and culture has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Smithsonian, Fast Company, MIT Technology Review, Scientific American, Yale Environment 360, and Foreign Policy magazine, where she is a contributing editor. In addition to filing dispatches from remote corners of China, she has reported from Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Greece, and Mexico. Her profile of Chinese environmentalist Yong Yang is included in the 2012 anthology Chinese Characters: Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land.

Last Updated: March 25, 2015



Drinking the Northwest Wind

Sharron Lovell, Tom Wang & more
Like so many of Mao’s pronouncements, it sounded simple. “The South has a lot of water; the North lacks water. So if it can be done, borrowing a little water and bringing it up might do the trick.” And thus, in 1952, the foundation was laid for what...



Rich Man, Pu’er Man

Christina Larson
“These men always have machetes,” shouts the driver. Through trees along an unpaved road, he spots a ramshackle hut, slows down, and warns his passengers: this is a checkpoint. It’s the only way to enforce rules in this part of the jungle, at the...

Sinica Podcast


Tu Youyou and the Nobel Prize

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn & more from Sinica Podcast
This week on Sinica, hosts Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, and David Moser speak with Christina Larson and Ian Johnson about Tu Youyou, the scientist who recently shared a Nobel Prize in Medicine for her discovery of the anti-malaria compound...

Sinica Podcast


An Evening at the Beijing Bookworm

Jeremy Goldkorn, Ian Johnson & more from Sinica Podcast
On September 13, Sinica co-host Jeremy Goldkorn was delighted to chair a panel discussion at the Beijing Bookworm with authors Ian Johnson and Christina Larson, two well-known China journalists and now contributors to Chinese Characters, a...

Sinica Podcast


Sex and Marriage

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn & more from Sinica Podcast
We hurriedly cleaned up the studio and tried to set a bit more of a romantic tone this week, a feat accomplished mostly by positioning small candles and trays of potpourri by the microphones. And why else than because our subject today is sex and...

Sinica Podcast


The Extremes of China Media

Jeremy Goldkorn, David Moser & more from Sinica Podcast
It seems to be the consensus among longtime China watchers that the Chinese media has become more radicalized over the last five years, with both online and traditional channels now feeding the public conflicting stories of both reflexive scorn for...

Sinica Podcast


Not in My Backyard

Kaiser Kuo, Josh Chin & more from Sinica Podcast
While some Chinese media have flown into high dudgeon over allegations of sun-exposed hamburger buns at McDonalds, powder-based soy milk at KFC, and pork broth made from concentrate at Ajisen, a more grassroots protest gained notice across China...

Recommended Links

Foreign Policy

Slowly but surely, China's young scientists are finding ways to prove that the old way of doing things might no longer be the only way.

Topics: Science
New Yorker

Genetically modified food faces zealous public opposition and is largely banned from the marketplace.