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

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.
Jan 10, 2016

North Korea with palm trees: My shopping experiences in Cuba. bit.ly/1SIrqpY via @newyorker

Jan 10, 2016

RT @BarbaraDemick: North Korea with palm trees: My shopping experiences in Cuba. bit.ly/1SIrqpY via @newyorker

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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.
Jan 06, 2016

And my take... North Korea’s Bombastic Announcement bit.ly/1mCu9Fy

Jan 06, 2016

North Korea’s Bombastic Announcement, via @barbarademick newyorker.com/news/news-desk… via @newyorker

Jan 06, 2016

Kim Jong-un's "Oedipal competition" to outdo predecessors probably behind today's nuclear test. Good read newyorker.com/news/news-desk…

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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.
Nov 02, 2015

How Did the One-Child Policy Change China?: An Interview with Mei Fong bit.ly/1XKr1nZ via @newyorker

Nov 02, 2015

RT @NewYorker: The author @MeiFongWriter talks about the repercussions of China's attempt to regulate the womb: nyer.cm/dIfnjcJ

Nov 02, 2015

RT @NewYorker: The author @MeiFongWriter talks about the repercussions of China's attempt to regulate the womb: nyer.cm/dIfnjcJ

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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.
Oct 30, 2015

Will history judge the one-child policy as harshly as the Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward? nyr.kr/1GCm64l

Oct 30, 2015

RT @BarbaraDemick: Will history judge the one-child policy as harshly as the Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward? nyr.kr/1GCm64l

Oct 30, 2015

RT @BarbaraDemick: Will history judge the one-child policy as harshly as the Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward? nyr.kr/1GCm64l

Oct 30, 2015

RT @BarbaraDemick: Will history judge the one-child policy as harshly as the Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward? nyr.kr/1GCm64l

Oct 30, 2015

"You don’t have to look far to see how China’s 1-child policy has shaped the world we live in"—@BarbaraDemick: newyorker.com/news/news-desk…

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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.
Sep 14, 2015

ICYMI: Tibet's last princess gave a rare interview to @BarbaraDemick. It's part of a series on Tibet's Road Ahead lat.ms/1Mn6l2L

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...
Sep 12, 2015

A Tibetan princess's reversal of fortune, by @BarbaraDemick: latimes.com/world/great-re… Rare interview & a window into her people's struggles

Sep 12, 2015

RT @HaidiLunCNA: The strange and sad story of Tibet's last princess, a one-woman window into China and Tibet's tortured, tragic past. latimes.com/world/great-re…

Sep 12, 2015

RT @HaidiLunCNA: The strange and sad story of Tibet's last princess, a one-woman window into China and Tibet's tortured, tragic past. latimes.com/world/great-re…

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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.
Aug 25, 2015

RT @PHLBizKenneth: If you think about it, those Yangming roaches were a steal. Apparently they can go up for $20 a pound in China. lat.ms/1rLdksK

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.
Aug 23, 2015

Amazing story about the place where Tibetans go to set themselves on fire, by @BarbaraDemick, photos by @Carolyn_Cole latimes.com/world/asia/la-…

Aug 23, 2015

Latest from @BarbaraDemick's gripping & tragic "Tibet's Road Ahead" series: Beyond self-immolations latimes.com/world/asia/la-… via @emilyrauhala

Aug 23, 2015

Deep reporting on the tensions underlying the Tibetan self-immolations in Aba, China latimes.com/world/asia/la-… by @BarbaraDemick

Aug 24, 2015

RT @annafifield: Immolations are just one sign of tension over Communist rule - Another illuminating Tibet story from @BarbaraDemick latimes.com/world/asia/la-…

Aug 24, 2015

Wonderful but sad article by @BarbaraDemick — Immolations are just one sign of tension over Communist rule buff.ly/1NQIYM0

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Tibetans lose a haven in Nepal under Chinese pressure

latimes.com — Tsomo escaped Tibet last year on a zipline that carried her into Nepal over a chasm of jagged rocks and a river gushing white as frothing milk. The 23-year-old student remembers she was numb with terror as the smugglers fastened a thick rope through her legs and across her chest in a harness.

As the Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday, Tibetans look to the future

startribune.com — To hear the Dalai Lama laugh, his face lighting up in a beatific smile, it is easy to forget the cascade of disasters endured by the Tibetan Buddhist movement over the course of his life. Yet the list is long, and growing longer, as an ascendant China consolidates control over Tibet.
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Feb 06, 2016

To Build a Ski Resort Under U.N. Sanctions, North Korea Turned to China nyti.ms/1nRCiqd

Feb 06, 2016

RT @Dali_Yang: Rumors are circulating in China about planes taking out buildings in North Korea. Chinese netizens are fed up with North Korea.

Feb 05, 2016

In China, rise of Salafism fosters suspicion and division among Muslims bit.ly/1L49XBP

Feb 05, 2016

UN human rights panel says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be freed and compensated for years he has lost ti.me/1T2n7ai

Feb 04, 2016

North Korea Launches Newest Offensive: Cigarette Butts nyti.ms/20bsiUr

Feb 04, 2016

Interesting read. My Secret Life as a Forbidden Second Child in China t.co/zOUA1ERWeC

Feb 03, 2016

RT @RobbieBarnett: A China Tibetology Research Center scholar equates Dalai Lama with Saddam Hussein: globaltimes.cn/content/967074…. So that's what research means...

Feb 02, 2016

A new edition of Nothing to Envy, is out with extra chapter bringing the story through succession of Kim Jong Un. amzn.to/1P4YHJa

Feb 02, 2016

RT @WNYC: .@BarbaraDemick on how an American prom king ended up detained in North Korea: wny.cc/XRCax via @BrianLehrer


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