Why hiring China’s “princelings” amounts to business by bribery.
Climate change may destroy us, but not before we see a green energy revolution by the people.
Evading Chinese censorship, the Gao Brothers challenge authority through sculpture, painting, performance, and photography.
Notes on creativity as a commons.
In this month’s Taxcast: Holland’s recent worries about its bad reputation and the similarities between Tina Turner and Muammar Qaddafi.
Ezra Pound’s slogan was itself the product of historical recycling.
With intervention out of favor, American foreign policy is returning to “the great game” of great power politics.
What a whistleblower thinks a fellow whistleblower might have thought.
Two nations, two dreams, one Pacific
“Go home and pray to be forgiven,” she cried. “If you don’t pray now, you know what waits for you.”
Life in a Chinese artists’ colony through the eyes of the local taxi driver
They arrived when the sea was swelling, threatening to sweep the old world back with it.
Pankaj Mishra’s new book, From the Ruins of Empire: The intellectuals who remade Asia, has one eye on the history of the East and one eye on its future.
Will China-Japan-U.S. tensions in the Pacific ignite a conflict and sink the global economy?
Sure, forced abortions are oppressive, but so is not being able to breathe.
Barnard & Guernica show a film that shows contemporary Beijing through the eyes of a cabbie.
China’s voracious appetite for resources isn’t something to be feared—it should be emulated.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is now as notorious for his political actions as for his work. Alison Klayman’s new documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, shows that his originality comes precisely from combining the two.
The Pentagon’s system of overseas bases is evolving, and a new model for warfare is evolving with it.
American Nurse became our possession, the Party headquarters in Beijing told us, for only a week before Deng decided what to do with her
Could Richard Nixon hold the keys to fixing the Obama administration’s Iran problems?
Banned in China and avoided by the American media, the Falun Gong movement turns twenty.
A fabulist film highlights the absurdity of breakneck-paced development, and its relevance inside and outside of China.
Dissident Wuer Kaixi talks about fellow activist Chen Guangcheng, his own attempt to return to China, and his continued hope for “counter-talk” with the regime that exiled him.
The U.S. is pursuing serious multilateral sanctions against Iran, and this isn’t the first time.
Whatever song they’re singing / It’s not Tiananmen
I am drawn to this raw urban landscape, which hovers between collapse and regeneration, decay and possibility.
|When Wuer Kaixi was twenty-one years old, he became known the world over as the student who scolded Premier Li Peng while wearing a hospital gown in Tiananmen Square. Here, he speaks about the Chinese government’s treatment of Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize and the mode of appeasement that has dictated the international community’s relationship with China since Tiananmen.|
When artist Xiaoda Xiao was twenty years old, he was sent to a forced labor prison in his native China for defacing a portrait of Chairman Mao. This post features a documentary short of Xiao’s reflections on his experiences in labor prison.
Nobel Prize-nominee Bei Dao uses travel as a metaphor for life.
Sweltering heat and blazing fires in Russia have contributed to devastating mudslides in Pakistan and China. Guernica counts down its top five reports of natural disasters.
On the twentieth anniversary of Tiananmen Square, the student leader made famous for scolding the premier in his hospital gown discusses life in exile, guilt over the students’ deaths, and how his movement was a mere first step toward greater political freedom in China.
“What I learned from him was that you could perhaps better tell the story of a place by writing of a tiny village as a sort of prism into the bigger issues the culture was facing.”