Featured Work

James Zimmerman on the Hostage Crisis that Changed China, The Wire China, May 2023

Shaky Signal, The Wire China, May 2023

How To Kill A Fish, San Diego Magazine, April 2023

A Tale of Two Financial Hubs, The Wire China, February 2023

The Semiconductor Madman, The Wire China, January 2023

Joseph Torigian on Making Sense of Chinese Politics, The Wire China, November 2022

Hal Brands on Navigating America’s “Danger Zone” With China, The Wire China, September 2022

Poxy No More, The Economist, September 2022

Insuring Engagement, The Wire China, September 2022

China’s Sea Change, The Wire China, May 2022

How Mexico Revolutionized the Art of Antivenom, National Geographic, April 2022, supported with a grant from the Alicia Patterson Foundation

Hard Knocks, The Wire China, March 2022

Flagged for Security, The Wire China, January 2022

A Search for Literary Hawaii, Barron’s, December 2021

Sea Urchin vs. Kelp: The Fight for California’s Marine Life, The Economist’s 1843, October 2021

The China Bull, The Wire China, October 2021

Special Delivery, The Wire China, August 2021

Stolen By The State, Elle, May 2021

Tesla’s China Endgame, The Wire China, May 2021

Jolly Gene Giant, The Wire China, March 2021

Rare Old Primate, New Critique, December 2020, fiction

The SMIC Smackdown, The Wire China, December 2020

A Pistachio Tycoon Picks a Fight With the U.S. Navy, Bloomberg Green, December 2020, supported with a grant from the Food and Environmental Reporting Network

Mining’s Makeover, The Wire China, November 2020

Woodworking with Francis Fukuyama, The Economist’s 1843 Magazine, October 2020

Climbing with Erik Weihenmayer, The Economist’s 1843 Magazine, September 2020

The Price of Admission, The Wire China, August 2020

For Dementia Patients and Their Families, Isolation During the Pandemic is a Heavy Burden, National Geographic, June 2020, supported with a grant from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project

There Are Places You Cannot Go, The Atavist, July 2018

Adaptive Fashion on the Red Carpet, The New Yorker, May 2019

Want Snow on Your Palm Trees? Easy, The New Yorker, January 2020

From a Stall in San Diego, a Somali Tailor Weaves a New Life, New York Times, November 2019

The High Schooler Who Became a COVID-19 Watchdog, The New Yorker, March 2020

How a mobile game is reopening a hidden chapter in Taiwan’s history, Ars Technica, April 2019

Chasing the World’s Rarest Turtle, The New Yorker, December 2018

How Chickens Could Inspire New Treatments for Deafness, Audubon Magazine, November 2019

HIV+ volunteers are bequeathing their organs to a new project, The Economist, May 2018

In the Kingdom of Dying Ponies, Foreign Policy, May 2017

Bakers From Baghdad, Who Fled Violence Against Christians, Pursue a Sweet Dream, New York Times, November 2018

A Prehistoric Killer, Buried in Muck, The New Yorker, March 2017

A Tiny Parasite Could Save Darwin’s Finches From Extinction, The New Yorker, April 2017

Grizzly Bears Might Return to California. Is the State Ready?, Discover, March 2019

Trump Administration Policies Could Threaten Cuban Biosecurity, Scientific American, November 2018

Saving the Endangered Cuban Crocodile, Scientific American, October 2017

Riding the Bamboo Train, Mekong Review, 2017

Raising Hell, The National, December 2017

Snakebite City, Men’s Journal, October 2016

Can Dark Tourism Help Cambodia Heal?, The New Republic, September 2016

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