Lavender Au is a writer from London currently based in Beijing. She has written for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Times, and Vogue. She studied Mandarin at Tsinghua University and is a graduate of the University of Oxford.

Last Updated: March 24, 2020

Stuck in Central China on Coronavirus Lockdown

Lavender Au from New York Review of Books
Before Shiyan, a city in Hubei province, went into quarantine, the sum of 30 yuan (about $4) could buy two cabbages, enough spring onions for two soups, a large white radish, two lettuces, a potato, and 10 eggs. Not any more. Wanting to record the...