Tag: china

Mary Wang: Seeing Through the Fog, Part Two

May 2016

A two-part inquiry on how ancient philosophy and medicine come up against pollution and modernization in China.

Mary Wang: Seeing Through the Fog

May 2016

A two part series on how ancient philosophy and medicine come up against pollution and modernization in China

The Gaming Guru

May 2016

The Chinese video game artist on emotion-centered play, collaboration beyond language, and the next generation of indie blockbusters.

Bodies of Revolution

March 2016

Female leaders from around the globe trade notes on building a new women’s solidarity movement.

The Tale of the Hag

March 2016

Her feet were brown. She ambled closer. Darling, I’m you, she said. I’m you from the future.

Lo Mei Wa: Letter to a Future Daughter on the Occasion of the “Fishball Revolution”

February 2016

When Hong Kong used to be home

To Anyang

February 2016

Lost for words in the cradle of Chinese civilization.

Jenny Pritchett: Funny Money

October 2015

When the law is lawless.

Bo Wang: Doric Columns in Chongqing

June 2015

Jacob Kiernan interviews the filmmaker on his upcoming project in Hong Kong, dislodged cultural identity, and the evolution of wedding photography in China.

George Gao: What Cannot Be Said

June 2015

Can a country so fixated on the future simply forget its recent past?

Alfred W. McCoy: The Geopolitics of American Global Decline

June 2015

Washington versus China in the 21st century.

Robert Reich: Trans Pacific Trickle-Down Economics

May 2015

"Have we learned nothing from thirty years of failed trickle-down economics?

William deBuys: The Politics of Extinction

March 2015

An introduction to the most beautiful animal you’ll never see.

Karissa Chen: Pomegranate

March 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 Censorship

February 2015

Censors can stop people tweeting in China, but over at the cybersecurity agency they sing like canaries.

Sisi Wei: Reinforcing China’s Great Firewall

February 2015

In its latest effort to limit its citizens' access to unapproved information, the People's Republic is cracking down on VPNs.

In Hong Kong, the Last Days of Occupy

January 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 Han

December 2014

As Washington “pivots” to Asia, China does the Eurasian pirouette.


December 2014

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 Possibility

October 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 China

August 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: Xianning

July 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, 1994

July 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 Square

June 2014

On bridging the gap between Western fact and Chinese experience, twenty-five 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 Censorship

April 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 Montmartre

April 2014

The Taiwanese novelist's story of a passionate relationship between two young women.

Alexis Dudden and Jeffrey Wasserstrom: History as Weaponry

February 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 China

February 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.


February 2014

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 Plateau

January 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 America

December 2013

Why hiring China's "princelings" amounts to business by bribery.

Michael Klare: Surviving Climate Change

November 2013

Climate change may destroy us, but not before we see a green energy revolution by the people.

Brothers in Arts

November 2013

Evading Chinese censorship, the Gao Brothers challenge authority through sculpture, painting, performance, and photography.

Rachel Breen: Art for Everyone’s Sake

November 2013

Notes on creativity as a commons.

Taxcast: On Tina Turner, China, Holland, and Muammar Qaddafi

September 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 Direction

July 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 Flight

July 2013

What a whistleblower thinks a fellow whistleblower might have thought.

Pepe Escobar: The Chimerica Dream

June 2013

Two nations, two dreams, one Pacific

The Hunger Bride

May 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+5

March 2013

Life in a Chinese artists’ colony through the eyes of the local taxi driver

The Expo

March 2013

They arrived when the sea was swelling, threatening to sweep the old world back with it.

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad: Archaeology of Revolutionary Knowledge

January 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 Pacific

January 2013

Will China-Japan-U.S. tensions in the Pacific ignite a conflict and sink the global economy?

Meaghan Winter: Extinction is the Rule

December 2012

Sure, forced abortions are oppressive, but so is not being able to breathe.

5+5 Screening and Discussion at Barnard

November 2012

Barnard & Guernica show a film that shows contemporary Beijing through the eyes of a cabbie.

Closing the China Gap

August 2012

China’s voracious appetite for resources isn’t something to be feared—it should be emulated.

Angela Chen: Ai Weiwei Still Isn’t Sorry

July 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 Strategy

July 2012

The Pentagon's system of overseas bases is evolving, and a new model for warfare is evolving with it.

American Nurse

July 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 Option

June 2012

Could Richard Nixon hold the keys to fixing the Obama administration's Iran problems?


June 2012

Banned in China and avoided by the American media, the Falun Gong movement turns twenty.

Meaghan Winter: Xiaolu Guo’s Modernity Enthusiasts

June 2012

A fabulist film highlights the absurdity of breakneck-paced development, and its relevance inside and outside of China.

Wuer Kaixi: Returning Home—Or Not

May 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 Disaster

April 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, 2011

February 2012

Whatever song they’re singing / It’s not Tiananmen

Urban Foraging

May 2011 I am drawn to this raw urban landscape, which hovers between collapse and regeneration, decay and possibility.

Rebecca Bates: Q&A with Wuer Kaixi

November 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 Xiao

September 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.


By Bei Dao, translated from the Chinese by Clayton Eshleman and Lucas Klein
September 2010

Nobel Prize-nominee Bei Dao uses travel as a metaphor for life.

Guernica’s Top 5 on Natural Disasters

August 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 Earth

July 2009 12 Photographs

A Lousy Deal

June 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 Times

June 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."