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, …

Censorship, Translation and the Chinese Market

“To me the choice was easy…I thought it was better to have 90 percent of the book available here than …