Russia and China’s Diplomatic Dance
The Russian ballet that offended Mao and harbingered the Sino-Soviet Split (LA Review of Books – China Channel, October 2017)

How a Chinatown-by-the-Sea Popped Up on the Jersey Shore
A tuberculosis epidemic, a church, and one lucky break sent Chinese Manhattanites to Bradley Beach (Atlas Obscura, August 2017)

The Ballet That Caused an International Row
The Red Poppy was a staple of Soviet ballet, performed all over the USSR. But when the Soviets’ Chinese allies saw the production, they were not best pleased (BBC Culture, June 2017)

华裔亲子交锋:特朗普时代的唐人街 (in Chinese)
In Chinatown, Children of Immigrants Grapple with Non-Voting (Or Trump-Voting) Parents (New York Times, February 2017)

How Social Cash Made WeChat the App for Everything
A centuries-old tradition gave rise to China’s most valuable company and captured the attention of everyone from teens to Silicon Valley (Fast Company, January 2017)

Let One Hundred Panthers Bloom
The Black Panthers and Mao Zedong (ChinaFile, October 2016)

百豹齐放:美国黑豹党为何热爱毛主席 (in Chinese) (New York Times, December 2016)

A Week Behind The Great Firewall Of China
For better or for worse, China’s censored digital ecosystem is thriving (Fast Company, April 2016)


Audio report: WeChat (~10:48 onwards)
One week in China with the country’s most popular messaging app (BBC Business Daily, January 2016)

Getting Married to Get Ahead in China’s Business World
China’s richest businesswomen are often still tied to the fortunes of their husbands (The Daily Beast, April 2013)

China’s Glamorous First Lady Peng Liyuan Saving the Communist Party With Song
As China’s new president takes power, his popular wife is singing her way to center stage (The Daily Beast, March 2013)

All Eyes Are on WeChat, Including the Chinese Government’s
Chinese social network WeChat is taking over the world, and it’s pretty awesome. One problem: It’s being surveilled (Motherboard, March 2013)

Why Breaking Bad Should Be Set in China
It was in China that I was introduced to meth… (Motherboard, Jan 2013)

China’s Famous Fearless Bloggers
Documentary maker Stephen Maing Explores the netizen in his documentary High Tech, Low Life (Motherboard, Jan 2013)

Five Myths about the Chinese Internet
How online and social media censorship works in China (Foreign Policy, Nov 2012)

Why Does China Still Use Fax Machines and Internet Explorer 6?
China is driving Microsoft crazy… (Motherboard, Nov 2012)

Me and My Censor
A reporter’s memoir of what it’s like to tell the truth about today’s China (Foreign Policy, Oct 2012)

From House Slaves to Banana People
7 words that define modern China (Foreign Policy, July 2012)


Karma on the Half Shell
Buddhist “mercy releases” have long set animals free in ways that may harm them. Parks and animal protection organizations are working to make it better (Open City, October 2014)

The “Menace” of Mott Street
Japanese playing cards are the unlikely source of clashes in Manhattan’s Chinatown (Open City, July 2014)

How Asian-American Radicals Brought ‘Yellow Power’ To Chinatown (Gothamist, October 2016)

A Dance with Chinatown
Bestselling author Jean Kwok on her new book Mambo in Chinatown, and life in a garment factory (Open City, June 2014)

Arcade Rhythms
New Yorkers lost one of the last video arcades in Manhattan when Chinatown Fair closed down in 2011. But two years ago in May, it reopened under new management. Since then, it’s reinvented itself as a top destination for rhythm game players… (Open City, April 2014)

The Roast Duck Bureaucracy
About a decade ago, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene began to puzzle over a strange and disturbing sight… (Open City, March 2014)

Everybody Knew Him
A tribute to “the Chinese-American Al Sharpton,” Chinatown son Paul JQ Lee (Open City, Jan 2014)

U.S. Culture, Tech, & Politics

Sting on Playing a Car Thief, New Duo Single, Sexiness of Singing in French
Singer and French pop star Mylène Farmer talk duo remake of 2004 track “Stolen Car” (, September 2015)

Rose McGowan on Her Unsettling New Music Video: ‘I’m Not a Commodity’
Outspoken actor talks artistic awakening, Hollywood burnout, battling “the dickheads” (, September 2015)

Stop Using My Song
34 Artists Who Fought Politicans Over Their Music (, July 2015)

17 Young Innovators Shaking Up the Music Industry
Meet the next generation of app inventors, startup founders, label owners, tastemakers, managers and promoters (, April 2015)

Disturbance Was Accomplished
Q&A: Droneologist and Hacktivist Ricardo Dominguez (Motherboard, Sept 2013)

An Alumna’s Advice for the Young Women of Princeton: Marry My Son
Susan A. Patton’s letter advising women to find a Princeton husband, and the social-media backlash (The Daily Beast, March 2013)