In 2010 and 2011, I spent fourteen months in China on a Fulbright fellowship studying Chinese political thought. My research involved traveling throughout China and interviewing political thinkers in academia, law, and business. In addition to many informal conversations, I collected a handful of on-the-record interviews about contemporary China. I’m currently working on making these available in various forms, and will post here as they come out. This page also contains blog posts from my time in China, and China-related writing that I’ve done since then.

The International Standing of Western Liberals

Lilia Shevtsova has an essay in The American Interest arguing that American liberals, and Western liberals in general, are no longer a model for liberal reformers around the world: The way liberal democracies are currently trying to revitalize themselves raises … Continue reading

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Sidney Rittenberg on Participating in the Cultural Revolution

Danwei has an interview with Sidney Rittenberg, the first American citizen to join the Chinese Communist Party. Rittenberg lived in China from 1944 to 1975, and spent the time alternating between serving as an adviser to China’s leaders and serving … Continue reading

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A man exercising on a public jungle gym in Qingdao, 10/13/10

Qingdao is a beautiful place, but the people aren’t beautiful…since the reform and opening, people have become more distant from each other emotionally; the space between them has gotten wider. In the past, you could walk up the hills in … Continue reading

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