William deBuys: The Politics of ExtinctionMarch 2015
An introduction to the most beautiful animal you’ll never see.
Karissa Chen: PomegranateMarch 2015
Flash Fiction: Her name sounding like coming, like arrived, like I am here.
Pepe Escobar: Year of the Sheep, Century of the Dragon?February 2015
China is building new silk roads.
Sisi Wei and Yue Qiu: The Sweet Sound of CensorshipFebruary 2015
Censors can stop people tweeting in China, but over at the cybersecurity agency they sing like canaries.
Sisi Wei: Reinforcing China’s Great FirewallFebruary 2015
In its latest effort to limit its citizens' access to unapproved information, the People's Republic is cracking down on VPNs.
Erik Wennermark: In Hong Kong, the Last Days of OccupyJanuary 2015
As the powers that be dismantle what remains of Hong Kong's mass protest movement, thoughts on winners and losers and the city's future.
Pepe Escobar: Go West, Young HanDecember 2014
As Washington “pivots” to Asia, China does the Eurasian pirouette.
Religion in America: If he were superstitious, he would have blamed the monks for cursing him.
Tom Engelhardt: What if it Weren’t Us?December 2014
Russians invade Afghanistan (again!), Chinese fight Iraq War (again!).
The Arc of PossibilityOctober 2014
The longtime Beijing correspondent on the roots of dissent in Hong Kong, China’s “Me” generation, and the precarious expansion of Chinese civil society.
Pepe Escobar: Can China and Russia Squeeze Washington out of Eurasia?October 2014
The future of a Beijing-Moscow-Berlin alliance.
Erik Wennermark: Will the Center Hold?October 2014
As protests continue in Hong Kong, pro-Beijing forces threaten the movement for self-determination.
Xiaolu Guo: I Am ChinaAugust 2014
Flash Fiction: Now, dearest Queen, let me be direct—why I’m writing to you? I need your help in this country.
Sally Wen Mao: XianningJuly 2014
Flash Fiction: Then she drew his legs. She skipped the body because that moment she forgot that men had bodies – chests, torsos, bellies and all.
Switchback, 1994July 2014
The pool of blood had grown a custardy skin in the cold, so that as the wind blew, it strained and jiggled.
Andrew Rose: Whitesplaining Tiananmen SquareJune 2014
On bridging the gap between Western fact and Chinese experience, 25 years after the June Fourth Incident.
Pepe Escobar: Who’s Pivoting Where in Eurasia?May 2014
What you need to know about Russia and China's 'Pipelineistan' gas deal.
ProPublica: Weibo IPO Reveals a Company Struggling With CensorshipApril 2014
Weibo, “China’s Twitter,” started offering shares on NASDAQ yesterday. Its regulatory disclosures reveal a company’s balancing act between censoring too much and too little.
Last Words from MontmartreApril 2014
The Taiwanese novelist's story of a passionate relationship between two young women.
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.