East Asia

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 |

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 |

Dispatch

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's Vast, Strange, and Powerful Farming Militia Turns 60

The government entity, colloquially called the 'Bingtuan,' employs almost 12 percent of everyone in Xinjiang.

Alexa Olesen |

The List

Abandon All Hope Ye Who Protest Here

What Hong Kong's Occupy Central can learn from the Tahrir Square uprising.

Mahmoud Salem |

Argument

You Should Still Be Scared of Pyongyang

Five reasons a quiet North Korea is still a deadly North Korea.

Joel S. Wit |

Dispatch

Where Hong Kong Hits Home

Singapore watches its twin city from afar, and considers its own future.

Grace Chua |

Argument

How the Hong Kong Protesters Can Win

Over a century's worth of data shows that the Umbrella Revolution needs business, satire, and a whole lot of patience.  

Maria J. Stephan |

Tea Leaf Nation

Why China's President Wants to Save Hong Kong, Not Destroy It

To secure his own legacy, Xi Jinping has every reason not to send tanks into the city.

George Chen |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Great Divide

Chinese with different views of Hong Kong's protests can't even agree on the words to use.

Ran Liu |

Argument

Hong Kong Pride

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest isn’t only about freedom. It’s also about identity.

Peter Rutland |

Tea Leaf Nation

Are Hong Kong's Protesters Getting Bamboozled?

Experts tell FP that Hong Kong's government is trying to divide protesters and play for time.

David Wertime |

ChinaFile

How Will the Standoff in Hong Kong End?

Protesters and authorities both hold their ground, amid hopes of civil awakening -- and fears of another Tiananmen.

Nicholas Bequelin |

Tea Leaf Nation

London's Hong Kong Blunder

How the United Kingdom lost the loyalty of the island city's people.

Marcus W. Brauchli |

Argument

A Way Out of Crisis

Robust reform can seem impossible for governments mired in corruption. But the solution is pretty simple: Focus on policies, not politics.

Kristen Sample |

Tea Leaf Nation

No Umbrellas for China's Las Vegas

 A pro-Hong Kong student rally attracts hundreds, but Macau won’t risk angering Beijing.

Alexa Olesen |

ChinaFile

'May the Flame You Carry Illuminate Your Way'

A Hong Kong professor's open letter to her boycotting students expresses hope -- and fear -- for their future.

Denise Y. Ho |