Debra Bruno is a Beijing-based freelance writer who regularly writes for The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor about topics ranging from Beijing opera to China’s shale gas projects. Before moving to China in 2011, she lived in Washington, D.C., and has worked for Roll Call, Legal Times, and Moment Magazine. For almost twenty years, she taught writing at George Washington University. In her blog,, she writes about smuggling her cat into China, mastering mahjong, and the hazards of getting her hair colored in China.

Last Updated: May 2, 2014



All He Needs is a Miracle

Debra Bruno
Courtesy of the USF Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History A portrait of Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci by You Wenhui; painted at the time of Ricci’s death in Beijing, 1610. It now hangs at the Jesuit residence in Rome. It is the...

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