China’s self-defeating cryptocurrency ban is unnecessary (Op-Ed for Nikkei Asia)

How decentralized finance will transform business financial services (for the World Economic Forum)

Why Governments and NGOs Are Behind on Blockchain (and How to Fix That) (for the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change)

IP Rights: The Pressing Need for Standards (for Democracy Journal)

China’s New Helmsman: Where Xi Jinping Will Take the Middle Kingdom Next (for Foreign Affairs)

How Blockchain Could Shape International Trade: Financing the Supply Chain (for Foreign Affairs)

Awkwardness at the G-20: Could the Populist Influences Over the Summit Be for the Better? (for Foreign Affairs)

Speed Bumps on the Silk Road (for The Cairo Review)

China’s Path Toward the Rule of Law: The Promise and Pitfalls of Its Upcoming Civil Code (for Foreign Affairs)

Dysfunction, Incentives and Trade: Rehabilitating US-China Cyber Relations (for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Fall/Winter 2016)

Judicial Reform in China: How Progress Serves the Party (for Foreign Affairs)

Trumpism and the Davos Man (for n+1)

A Chinese master of Chopin (for SupChina)

The End of the G-20: Has the Group Outlived Its Purpose? (for Foreign Affairs, featured in E-book What Was the Liberal Order? by Gideon Rose)

Communist Party of China vs. reality TV: The real battle is over banality, not Western values (for SupChina)

China’s Domestic Distractions: How Economic Turbulence Undermines Beijing’s Global Agenda (for Foreign Affairs)

Labor Unrest: Why China is Foot-Dragging on Economic Reforms (for The Diplomat)

Not-so-Wild West: 5 misconceptions about doing business in China and how to avoid them (for SupChina)

Fair Trade: The TPP’s Promises and Pitfalls (for Foreign Affairs, featured in E-book Who Benefits from Trade? by Gideon Rose)

Digital Diplomacy: In China, the Tech Industry Does What Washington Can’t (for Foreign Affairs)

Out of the Bretton Woods: How the AIIB is Different (for Foreign Affairs)

Ai Weiwei Reconsiders Himself (for the LA Review of Books)

Sorry, Obama: America Can’t Contain China (for The National Interest)

A Sign of the Growing Power of Developing Countries (Op-Ed for the New York Times)

Say Goodbye to American Supremacy (for The National Interest)

China’s Government Is Serious About Fundamentally Reshaping Itself (for ChinaFile, syndicated to Huffington Post as How Chinese Reform is Confounding Critics)

A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin (for the SF Chronicle)

Beware of Chinese Hegemony (for The National Interest)

China strives incoherently for the ‘socialist rule of law’ (Op-Ed for Financial Times)

The Law of Rule: China’s Judiciary After the Fourth Plenum (for Foreign Affairs)

China Won’t Give Up on Show Trials (for Bloomberg View)

China’s Experiment with Deliberative Democracy (for Chinafile, syndicated to Huffington Post as China’s Experiment with Democracy)

The Year She Left Us by Kathryn Ma (for the SF Chronicle)

Boy in the Twilight (a review of Yu Hua’s Boy in the Twilight for the Times Literary Supplement)

Is Legal Reform Serving the People? (for The China Story Journal)

Pynchon’s Launch Party (a review of Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge for the LA Review of Books)

China’s Constitutional Crisis (for n+1)

Why the Stakes Are High for the Communist Party’s Big Meeting (for The Atlantic)

Why Bo Xilai’s Trial Is a Victory for the Rule of Law in China (for The Atlantic)

Tocqueville in China (for Dissent Magazine)

Niall Ferguson’s Insecure Machismo (for the LA Review of Books)

‘The Cooked Seed’ by Anchee Min (for the SF Chronicle)

In Broadcasting Lead-Up to Execution, China Ignores Rule of Law (for The Atlantic)

Rebecca Liao’s most treasured book (on Pedro Páramo for the SF Chronicle)

In the Year of the Dragon: China’s 2012 (for the LA Review of Books)

Mo Yan, Passionately Individual, Likely to Remain Friendless (for Tea Leaf Nation)

Soft Rebellion (on Han Han for The New Inquiry)

A Place for Asia (a review of Pankaj Mishra’s From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia for Dissent Magazine)

Fashion and the Romantic (for the LA Review of Books)

How China’s Collective Amnesia Hinders Its Development (for Tea Leaf Nation)

Is Chinese Social Media Becoming an Unruly Fight Club (for Tea Leaf Nation)

For The Aleph Mag

Edgar Degas’ The Rehearsal and Other Classroom Paintings

Some Closure on Jiang Zemin (Not That Kind): A Party Elder’s Death by Twitter

Thoughts on “Beginning of the Great Revival”

“On China,” by Henry Kissinger

The Chinese have a very dark sense of humor

Those Wise Restraints that Make Men Free: Legal Reform with Chinese Characteristics

TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people: hire Mario Testino next time

What is happening at the Mariinsky?

Beijing Bob: Protester as Possum

Interview with Zoë Keating

Preview: Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

Yundi and Tchaikovsky, Blomstedt and Sibelius

New Tenants at the Arcades

Fetish and the Piano


Old First Concerts


The Death of Klinghoffer

Thoughts on Natalia Osipova in Giselle: Act II Grand Pas de Deux

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Road

For San Francisco Classical Voice

Violinist Ray Chen: The Performer

Pickled Party Music

Chinese Mythmaking

S.F. Academy Orchestra Mentors Its Members

A Rainbow of Promises

Uncloaking Classical With Folk

Invitation to the Dance for Four Hands

Building Towers Out of Dreams

Fresh Genius on the Make

Virtuosity and Variety

A Stab in the Dark at a Night at the Opera

Those Sensitive Salzburgians

Orchestra of Promise

Classical Revolution Knocks on the Art House Door