Alexis Dudden and Jeffrey Wasserstrom: History as WeaponryFebruary 2014
What World War I analogies reveal about the current tensions between China and Japan
On Freedom of Speech 论言论自由February 2014
Excerpts from Chinese dissident Hu Ping’s seminal 1980 essay, translated for the first time into English.
Justice in ChinaFebruary 2014
Emily Parker talks with Yiyun Li about self-censorship in China, the line between fact and fiction, and whether it’s possible to create good art under a repressive regime.
The man who leaves for Ye today will promptly get there yesterday
Xiaolu Guo: Why Do We Still Pretend We Are Free?January 2014
Free Expression: The writer and filmmaker on her encounters with commercial censorship.
Emily Strasser: Signal Fires on the Tibetan PlateauJanuary 2014
Free Expression: What happens to a tethered windhorse? To a prayer stuck in your throat? On self-immolation in Tibet.
Robert Reich: JP Morgan Chase, the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, and the Corruption of AmericaDecember 2013
Why hiring China’s “princelings” amounts to business by bribery.
Michael Klare: Surviving Climate ChangeNovember 2013
Climate change may destroy us, but not before we see a green energy revolution by the people.
Brothers in ArtsNovember 2013
Evading Chinese censorship, the Gao Brothers challenge authority through sculpture, painting, performance, and photography.
Rachel Breen: Art for Everyone’s SakeNovember 2013
Notes on creativity as a commons.
Taxcast: On Tina Turner, China, Holland, and Muammar QaddafiSeptember 2013
In this month’s Taxcast: Holland’s recent worries about its bad reputation and the similarities between Tina Turner and Muammar Qaddafi.
The Making of “Make It New”August 2013
Ezra Pound’s slogan was itself the product of historical recycling.
Richard Falk: Geopolitical Winds Blow in China’s DirectionJuly 2013
With intervention out of favor, American foreign policy is returning to “the great game” of great power politics.
Peter Van Buren: Edward Snowden’s Long FlightJuly 2013
What a whistleblower thinks a fellow whistleblower might have thought.
Pepe Escobar: The Chimerica DreamJune 2013
Two nations, two dreams, one Pacific
The Hunger BrideMay 2013
“Go home and pray to be forgiven,” she cried. “If you don’t pray now, you know what waits for you.”
Guernica Movies: 5+5March 2013
Life in a Chinese artists’ colony through the eyes of the local taxi driver
The ExpoMarch 2013
They arrived when the sea was swelling, threatening to sweep the old world back with it.
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad: Archaeology of Revolutionary KnowledgeJanuary 2013
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.
Michael Klare: Powder Keg in the PacificJanuary 2013
Will China-Japan-U.S. tensions in the Pacific ignite a conflict and sink the global economy?
Meaghan Winter: Extinction is the RuleDecember 2012
Sure, forced abortions are oppressive, but so is not being able to breathe.
5+5 Screening and Discussion at BarnardNovember 2012
Barnard & Guernica show a film that shows contemporary Beijing through the eyes of a cabbie.
Closing the China GapAugust 2012
China’s voracious appetite for resources isn’t something to be feared—it should be emulated.
Angela Chen: Ai Weiwei Still Isn’t SorryJuly 2012
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.
David Vine: The Lily-Pad StrategyJuly 2012
The Pentagon’s system of overseas bases is evolving, and a new model for warfare is evolving with it.
American NurseJuly 2012
American Nurse became our possession, the Party headquarters in Beijing told us, for only a week before Deng decided what to do with her
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett: Deep-Sixing the China OptionJune 2012
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.
Meaghan Winter: Xiaolu Guo’s Modernity EnthusiastsJune 2012
A fabulist film highlights the absurdity of breakneck-paced development, and its relevance inside and outside of China.
Wuer Kaixi: Returning Home—Or NotMay 2012
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.
Juan Cole: Why Washington’s Iran Policy Could Lead to Global DisasterApril 2012
The U.S. is pursuing serious multilateral sanctions against Iran, and this isn’t the first time.
Fu Han at the Nuts Café, Chongqing, China, April 9, 2011February 2012
Whatever song they’re singing / It’s not Tiananmen
Urban ForagingMay 2011
I am drawn to this raw urban landscape, which hovers between collapse and regeneration, decay and possibility.
Rebecca Bates: Q&A with Wuer KaixiNovember 2010
|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.|
Video: An Interview with Xiaoda XiaoSeptember 2010
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.
TravelBy Bei Dao, translated from the Chinese by Clayton Eshleman and Lucas Klein
Nobel Prize-nominee Bei Dao uses travel as a metaphor for life.
Guernica’s Top 5 on Natural DisastersAugust 2010
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.
The EarthJuly 2009
A Lousy DealJune 2009
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.
Nicholas Kristof: The Crisis of Our TimesJune 2005
“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.”