Satire, Cyberspace and the 25th Anniversary of the June 4th Massacre

I learned several weeks ago that China Digital Times was about to publish Crazy Crab’s Chinese Dream in Cartoons, an …

A Tale of Two First Books: A Conversation with NPR’s Louisa Lim and The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos

In 2008, I wrote in the Guardian that there had recently been a “notable acceleration” in the frequency with which “illuminating …

Noir Visions, Part 2—All the Spies in China

My last post focused on whodunits and true crime books with Chinese settings, but its title, “Noir Visions of China’s …

Noir Visions of China’s Past and Present

I won’t say that an interest in criminal activity led me to a career teaching and writing about China, but …

Confucius, Mao, and the Little Red Book

All Photos by Jeffrey Wasserstrom I’ve just returned from a trip to China that began with a week in Shanghai, …

Marking Time in China and the West — A New Year’s Post

“A spectre is haunting the world: 1914.”  So writes Harold James, a professor of history [who is] certainly right that …

Another Dozen China Gift Book Ideas (This Time to Buy for Yourself)

I recently joined with three other “China Blog” contributors to compile a list of 12 gift suggestions for readers seeking …