Los Angeles Times, former Beijing bureau chief; author Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Trump Defaults On A $32 Million Payment

articles.philly.com — Sources familiar with the talks said Trump's announcement that he would not pay Castle bondholders was part of his tactics for negotiating with bankers. But the strategy could backfire - scaring off lenders, suppliers and customers of his casinos, hotels, airline and other operations - worsening his cash crunch.

Why Did China Kidnap Its Provocateurs?

newyorker.com — Last October 17th, Gui Minhai, the publisher of Mighty Current Media, in Hong Kong, returned from grocery shopping to his seaside condominium in Thailand and found a young man waiting for him at the front gate.

Shopping in Cuba

newyorker.com — A Spanish-English dictionary, sunscreen, insect repellent, a towel, chocolate ice cream: these are the items that eluded me during a recent trip to Cuba. For all the hoopla about the island's opening and the more than three million tourists who swamped it last year, Cuba is no country for shoppers.

North Korea’s Bombastic Announcement

newyorker.com — Whatever else one says about North Korea, its leaders do have a talent for showmanship. Kim Jong-un's announcement this morning that his country tested a hydrogen bomb is a literal bombshell, designed to grab the attention of an international community that has grown numb over the years to North Korea's bad behavior.

How Did the One-Child Policy Change China?: An Interview with Mei Fong

newyorker.com — We'll send you a reminder. Your reminder will be sent M ei Fong is the youngest of five daughters, conceived in hopes of a son who never materialized. "Be glad we're not in the old country,'' her relatives, who had immigrated from southern China to Malaysia, would tell her.

China’s New Two-Child Policy

newyorker.com — We'll send you a reminder. Your reminder will be sent Over the years, so many exceptions and amendments were made to China's one-child policy that it was hard to pinpoint a moment to pronounce it dead.

Tibet's Road Ahead

latimes.com — On the cusp of the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday, many Tibetans wonder whether their struggle for autonomy and religious freedom will soon be lost. Desperation can be seen in the number of self-immolations that have occurred since the religious uprising of 2008 -- more than 140 to date.

Tibet's last princess gives a rare interview

latimes.com — Gonpo Tso was born a princess. As a young woman, she dressed in fur-trimmed robes with fat ropes of coral beads strung around her neck. She lived in an adobe castle on the edge of the Tibetan plateau with a reception room large enough to accommodate the thousand Buddhist monks who once paid tribute...

Cockroach farms multiplying in China

latimes.com — Farmers are pinning their future on the often-dreaded insect, which when dried goes for as much as $20 a pound - for use in Asian medicine and in cosmetics. This squat concrete building was once a chicken coop, but now it's part of a farm with an entirely different kind of livestock - millions of cockroaches.

Immolations are just one sign of tension over Communist rule

latimes.com — By the time Dongtuk arrived, the body was gone. A pack of matches lay on the ground, the only sign of the horror that had taken place. Dongtuk picked them up and fingered them. About an hour earlier, one of the teenager's best friends had siphoned gasoline from a motorcycle, swallowed part of it and doused himself with the rest.
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Apr 25, 2016

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Apr 21, 2016

Trump: Caitlyn Jenner can use any bathroom in Trump Tower (can we use mens room if line is too long at ladies?) cnn.it/1VE1EWX

Apr 20, 2016

3 Other Mothers, My Intimate Network-- lovely piece by @dktatlow on how we rear our children in China nyti.ms/26fHHsP

Apr 19, 2016

Wow. AP: S. Korea covered up mass abuse, killings of 'vagrants' ahead of 1988 Olympics. apne.ws/1S84JeX

Apr 15, 2016

Leaked Email: ABA Cancels Book for Fear of ‘Upsetting the Chinese Government’ foreignpolicy.com/2016/04/15/lea…

Apr 15, 2016

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