China Rhyming

January 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

 

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Thanks to Paul French for his piece on China’s Forgotten People on his excellent blog, which has a lot of good material on the erosion of China’s visible history.

Urbanisation in Xinjiang

December 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

There’s an interesting piece on urbanisation in Xinjiang by Wade Shepard at The Diplomat (in which I am quoted). He writes about Horgos, theĀ  border town near Yining, where I used to live, and the speed with which Horgos is being transformed into a municipality. In general terms, it seems that the development of this much vaunted New Silk Road is centered around the north of Xinjiang, and thus runs the risk of further widening the economic gap between it and the south of the region (which is where most Uyghurs live).

Everyday Corruption in China

September 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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