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China

Tour of Babel Primary category in which blog post is published

In defense of wenqing (文青)

It strikes me as sad that some haven’t seen what should be obvious.

Hong Kong, Taiwan’s Other

I sometimes think of the activist world as being like the jianghu of Chinese-language martial arts novels.

Telling Stories About Xinjiang From The Outside

In the absence of concrete facts, frightful rumors flourish.

Yesterday’s best is today’s starting line

It’s strange to me that people actually think they save a lot by spending a lot.

Tour of Babel Primary category in which blog post is published

Lackeys of capital

They are all fools and nou-choi in a sense; none of them have the sense to confront the master.

True Life of a Chinese Engineer

“Get to the point in just Chinese” echoes in my head every time she talks to me, while I only look at her expressionlessly, struggling to be polite.

TPE-JFK

I’ve become increasingly aware of how much of my reputation in Taiwan is built on the knowledge of my New York upbringing.

Me Today Primary category in which blog post is published

The maître d’ at the restaurant bore a striking resemblance to Paul Manafort

For a split second I had constructed a little narrative that Paul Manafort was here, trying to rebuild his life working in hospitality in eastern China.

I Love a Man in (a Fifty-Cent Army) Uniform

Here’s where the conversation, which had already been strange enough, truly took a turn for the bizarre.