East Asia

Tea Leaf Nation

'Be in Love With Them, but Don't Marry Them'

How Jack Ma partnered with local government to make e-commerce giant Alibaba, and Hangzhou, a success.

Shujie Leng |

Tea Leaf Nation

Tim Cook Coming Out Has Turned China Into a Nation of 5th-Graders

Despite the Apple CEO's good intentions, Chinese netizens can't seem to stop mocking iPhones for being gay.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Tea Leaf Nation

Foot Spas, Steamed Buns, and Midday Drinking

Chinese bureaucracy has run amok, and the country's president is trying to rein it in.

Shujie Leng |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Rant About Hong Kong That's Still Viral -- 14 Years Later

When it comes to Hong Kong governance, some issues don't go away.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Argument

Beijing, We Have a Problem

Is India surpassing China in Asia's space race?

Kim Wall |

Dispatch

Notes From the Ursine Underworld

While wildlife activists focus on rhinos and elephants, Asia’s bears are succumbing to a poaching problem of their own.

Robert Carmichael |

Tea Leaf Nation

What China's Reading: 'Broken Dreams, USA'

Read the highlights from a now-famous essay on all that's ailing Uncle Sam.

Aimee Du (Translator) |

Argument

Making Bank

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

Ely Ratner |

COLUMN

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 |

COLUMN

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 |

ChinaFile

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 |

Review

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 |

COLUMN

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 |

ChinaFile

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 |