In Manchuria

April 10, 2015 § Leave a comment


My review of Michael Meyer’s great new book on Manchuria (NE China) is in the new Literary Review.

Asia House talk

April 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

Back street market in Urumqi

I’ll be taking part in an event on the Silk Road at Asia House on May 14. More details here.

Highlight Arts

March 10, 2015 § 4 Comments


There’s an extract from my forthcoming book China’s Forgotten People on the Highlight Arts blog – you should spend some time on their site to learn about the diverse and important work they do.

The Edge of the Bazaar, A Documentary About Uyghur Rural Life

March 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on the art of life in chinese central asia:

One of the emerging trends among young Uyghur film directors is a new attention to documentary filmmaking. This approach has long been a part of Uyghur cinema, but previously it was often part of a larger public relations presentation sponsored by the Chinese Culture Ministry. These new documentary short films are independently producedĀ on limited budgets by young filmmakers who have an intimate knowledge of their subjects.

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Reading on Culture Laser

December 21, 2014 § Leave a comment


My novel isn’t out until August next year, but I thought I’d start the book tour early…. You can hear an excerpt from it on the Culture Laser podcast. It starts at around 10m 11 secs in….

‘Utterly Vile’

September 30, 2014 § Leave a comment


My verdict on the verdict for Ilham Tohti is on the Dissent blog.

Previous piece on Tohti here

Inherent Vice film trailer

September 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Yep, and it seems just right.

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