Everyday Corruption in China

September 11, 2015 § Leave a comment


I write about the Tianjin explosion and the need to reform low-level governance in China on the LRB Blog.

Time Out Shanghai

September 8, 2015 § Leave a comment


There’s a Q and A about China’s Forgotten People in the new issue of Time Out Shanghai.

Reviews for China’s Forgotten People

July 22, 2015 § Leave a comment


Some thoughtful reviews from Kerry Brown at Open Democracy and Jonathan Mirsky at Literary Review (click here for pdfs LR CFP 1 LR CFP 2). Thanks to both of these experienced China commentators for taking the time to write such considered pieces.

Also a good overview of the book’s issues by Joshua Bird at Asian Review of Books

‘181 Terrorist groups’

June 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

Anti-terror drill in Xinjiang

Anti-terror drill in Xinjiang

My latest piece on the LRB Blog about China’s dubious claims about the extent and nature of ‘terrorism’ in Xinjiang.

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.

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