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Commentary, Reviews, and Other Projects


"Do Street Protests Work in China?," ChinaFile, June 14, 2017.

"Taiwan's 9 in 1 Elections," panel discussion, Foreign Policy Research Institute, December 3, 2014. [Recording]

"Chinese Vice President Xi Visits Iowa: Branding the PRC's Next Leader" (with Zhang Gang), Foreign Affairs web site, February 14, 2012. [Full text]

"Hu Jingcao on Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin," my interview in The China Beat (December 6, 2010) with the maker of two historical documentaries that cross the US-China divide. Chinese-language version here.

"Political and Social Reform in China: Alive and Walking" (with George J. Gilboy), The Washington Quarterly Vol. 31, No. 3 (Summer 2008), pp. 143-164. Click here for summary with link to full text.

Interview with Angilee Shah of The China Beat (February 26, 2008) on homeowner protests in Shanghai. Reprinted in Kate Merkel-Hess, Kenneth L. Pomeranz, and Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, eds., China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance (Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), pp. 19-21.

"Cong meiri yi bei 'fennu' dao 'dimian zuozhan' [From a 'Daily Cup of Outrage' to the 'Ground War'], 21 Shiji Jingji Baodao [21st Century Economic Report] November 1, 2004. [Full text]


The Wall Street Journal, review of Bruce J. Dickson, The Dictator's Dilemma (Oxford, 2016), August 2, 2016 [link]

The China Journal, review of Luigi Tomba, The Government Next Door: Neighborhood Politics in Urban China (Ithaca: Cornell, 2014), #76 (July 2016), 124-126

The Wall Street Journal, review of Louisa Lim, The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited (Oxford, 2014) and Rowena Xiaoqing He, Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of the Struggle for Democracy in China (Palgrave, 2014), May 31, 2014, p. C7 [link] [full text]

The China Journal, review of Thomas Heberer and Christian Göbel, The Politics of Community Building in Urban China (London: Routledge, 2011), #70 (July 2013), 219-223

Journal of East Asian Studies, review of S. Frederick Starr, ed., Xinjiang: China's Muslim Borderland (Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2004), Vol. 6, #2 (May-August 2006), pp. 315-318

Journal of Politics, review of Melanie Manion, Corruption by Design: Building Clean Government in Mainland China and Hong Kong (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004), Vol. 67, #3 (August 2005), pp. 936-937

Far Eastern Economic Review, review of Robert Lawrence Kuhn, The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin (New York: Crown Publishers, 2004), Vol. 168, #2 (January/February 2005), pp. 70-72

The China Journal, review of Linda Wong and Norman Flynn, eds., The Market in Chinese Social Policy (Houndsmills, UK: Palgrave, 2001), #48 (July 2002), pp. 216-217

Other Projects

I've provided assistance (and even some voice-over) on the historical documentaries of filmmaker Hu Jingcao:

"Liang and Lin" (梁思成 林徽因, 2010) official site | links to episodes in HD on YouTube

"Boy Students" (幼童, 2004) official site | online video via Tudou