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I am a writer currently based in Brooklyn. From 2014-2020 I lived in various cities across China and freelanced for a variety of publications including The Economist, New York, Foreign Policy, Deadspin, VICE, and more (see below). 

I am also one half of the cult-hit podcast "Our Struggle," which has been written up in Vanity Fair, The New YorkerThe Spectator, and Dagens Naeringsliv

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Selected Writing


Bicycling in Sichuan Under The Shadow of the Coronavirus (New York, March 2020) - Account of a bike trip I took in rural Sichuan while the countryside was under lockdown. My last article from China.

He Never Intended to Become a Political Dissident, But Then He Started Beating Up Tai Chi Masters (Deadspin, October 2019) - My profile of Xu Xiaodong. Selected by Longreads.

An Interview with the Viral Stunt Drinker Who Became Our King (Deadspin, October 2019) - My interview with the Chinese stunt drinking sensation, Hebei Pangzai.

In a Nation of Tea Drinkers, Coffee is Taking Off (The Economist, May 2019) - On the rise of coffee in China

The People's Republic of Chai-na (SupChina, June 2018) - My feature on the demolition of Beijing's last real artist village

Higher Brothers Are Chinese Hip-Hop's Greatest Hope (VICE, January 2018) - My profile of the Chengdu trap sensations, the Higher Brothers.

Essays and Reviews

A Viral New Year (LARB China Channel, February 2020) - Walking around Chengdu and talking to neighbors as coronavirus settles over the city

A Lovecraftian Monster (Disegno, December 2019) - My review of Zaha Hadid's Beijing Daxing International Airport

For Some in China, the Aim of Travel is to Create 15-Second Videos (The Economist, August 2019) - On "card-punch" social media tourism

In Praise of Queuing (Economist 1843, January 2019) - On living in old work-unit housing in Chengdu

Have a Nice Day, a Beijing Film Festival Selection, is an Unsparing Portrait of Urban China at the Margins (SupChina, April 2018) - My review of Liu Jian's brilliant animated feature

Looking Back (LARB China Channel, April 2018) - On the popularity of youth nostalgia films in China

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