Sometimes I say nice things

July 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Marli Roode’s story in the latest issue of The Manchester Review is great- I explain why on their blog.

My story, ‘The False River’ appeared in the previous issue.

Cheating in China

July 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Middle school students in Hunan briefly distracted from the dreaded gao kao by the presence of a foreigner.

Middle school students in Hunan briefly distracted from the dreaded gao kao by the presence of a foreigner.

My piece on cheating in Chinese education is on the LRB blog.

Learning the Wrong Lessons in Xinjiang

July 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

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A show of force in Urumqi this week

My piece for the 4th anniversary of the Urumqi riots is at Dissent magazine.

Aspiration, Masculinity and the City

July 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Very insightful look at the tensions within contemporary Uyghur masculinity

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

Hezriti Ali’s film short and music video “With Me”

Within the marriage market of the urban Uyghur community it has become almost a cliché to discuss the moral aptitude of young men in terms of their frequency of prayer. When introducing a potential boyfriend, the line given is “he prays five times a day” (Uy: u besh namazni jayida üteydu). Although this description often overlooks other moral failures such as drinking, smoking and general carousing, the overall connotation conveyed is “this guy is a good, responsible guy.” In the short film “With Me,” Hezriti Ali, another self-made migrant actor-muscian from the Southwest edge of the Taklamakan Desert, tackles this problem in an unusually subtle and implicit way.

In the ten minute narrative film which proceeds his performance of the song, Hezriti lays out the context which migrant young men face in the city. Since, as for all Chinese men…

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