East Asia


Making Bank

Why China’s new infrastructure bank represents a challenge to the global order.

Ely Ratner |


The Canary in China's Central Bank

Is Beijing's Ben Bernanke on his way out?

Daniel Altman |

Tea Leaf Nation

Chinese People Used to Think Pandas Were Monsters

The animals were feared as metal-devouring "tapirs" who could chew the nails off a city gate.

Alexa Olesen |


How to Shut Down a Country and Kill a Disease

China’s response to SARS a decade ago was effective but brutal. Is there a better way to stop the spread of Ebola?

Laurie Garrett |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hong Kong Is a Modern City Without a Modern Government

Beijing has franchised control to a tiny group of super-rich capitalists.

Lynn T. White III |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Newest 'Foreign Force' in Hong Kong: Kenny G

The popular saxophonist's impromptu visit to a protest site elicits mixed reactions in Chinese social media.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Tea Leaf Nation

Is This the New Face of China's Silent Majority?

China's president recently lauded Zhou Xiaoping for spreading "positive energy." But many of his writings are rants against the United States.

Ning Hui |

Tea Leaf Nation

In China, Law Isn't Winning

Why more Chinese don't believe in the corruption crackdown.

Yeliang Xia |


What Does China Mean by 'Rule of Law'?

It's more Confucianism than constitutionalism.

Carl Minzner |

Tea Leaf Nation

'If We Lose This, We Lose Everything'

After thousands of pro-democracy protesters clash with police, compromise in Hong Kong looks increasingly unlikely. 

Suzanne Sataline |


K Is for Kim Jong Un

Suki Kim's memoir about teaching in an elite North Korean school run by evangelical missionaries highlights the dangers and absurdities of life in a closed society.

Isaac Stone Fish |


No, the U.S. Doesn't Have Plans to Nuke North Korea

Where did the idea for a "nuclear umbrella" come from, anyway?

Jeffrey Lewis |

Tea Leaf Nation

Chinese Doubt Their Own Soft Power Venture

They think Confucius Institutes are a waste of money.

Lotus Ruan |

Tea Leaf Nation

How to Buy Banned Chinese Books on Alibaba

Customers and vendors use an elaborate system of code words and end runs on Taobao, Alibaba's massive digital marketplace.

Shujie Leng |

Tea Leaf Nation

How a Video of Police Brutality Is Dividing Hong Kong

City residents are alleging censorship and misinformation after a clip of police beating a handcuffed protester went viral.

Grace Tsoi |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hong Kong Showdown

Pro-democracy protests enter a nasty new phase following a violent pre-dawn police raid.

Suzanne Sataline |

Christian Caryl

Sorry, Eric X. Li, Democracy Is Not the Problem

Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists aren't radicals or revolutionaries. But that's what Beijing wants you to believe.

Christian Caryl |


How I Dealt With China's Book Censors

One Western author shares his struggle to keep a text true to history.

Joseph W. Esherick |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Movement That Changed Hong Kong: A Timeline

A day-by-day account of the pro-democracy protests that have turned the once apolitical city on its ear.

Shujie Leng |

Tea Leaf Nation

How to Take Great Photos While Surrounded by Chinese Smog

A tongue-in-cheek article from Chinese media offers tips to aspiring photographers.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hong Kong Protesters Are Digging In

Pro-democracy demonstrators are fortifying barricades with wood, bamboo, even cement.

Suzanne Sataline |

Tea Leaf Nation

'A New Era for Hong Kong'

The city government's wait-and-switch may only galvanize protesters, experts say.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hong Kong's Sour Deal

China and Britain made a pact that's still undermining governance in the former colony.

Dalena Wright |

Tea Leaf Nation

'Hong Kong, What Does the Motherland Really Owe You?'

A viral Chinese article argues that Hong Kong should be grateful to the mainland -- or else.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |


The Umbrella Movement Playlist

Stirring, profane, always authentic: Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have developed a rich musical culture.

Doug Meigs |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hong Kong's Wild Protest Art

It's spontaneous and participatory -- and the state can't control it.

Alexandra A. Seno |

Tea Leaf Nation

China Bans Law-Breaking Actors From Movies and Television

A powerful regulatory agency says it's upholding "socialist culture and core values."

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |