Melinda Liu

Stories by Melinda Liu

  • Wang Yi

    Wang Yi

    A top diplomat on a tough assignment.
  • Marriage in China

    China’s Great Dream

    Beijing’s new communist party boss, Xi Jinping is inspiring his countrymen with talk of a Chinese renaissance.
  • Art Buddahs

    Buddhas in Danger

    Among china’s greatest art treasures are the Buddhist caves near Dunhuang, an oasis on the fabled Silk Road that once linked China and Europe. Their ancient frescoes, sculptures, and other relics date as far back as A.D. 430 and have survived wars, environmental damage, antiquities hunters, and the chaotic Cultural Revolution. But their biggest threat today is tourism.
  • Peng Liyuan

    Peng Liyuan

    A glamorous spouse shrinks from the limelight.
  • china-OVNB10-main-tease

    Follow the Leader

    “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun,” Mao Zedong once famously said. Though China’s post-Mao leaders have struggled to keep the military brass under tight civilian control, in recent months, as factions have divided the leadership of the Communist Party, political rivals have vied for military support. This year, many in China have taken a more hawkish stance on the maritime disputes that have flared between China and its neighbors over the South China Sea and a set of islands farther north known as the Diaoyu in Chinese, or in Japanese, the Senkakus. Some analysts see a link between rising nationalistic fervor and China’s once-in-a-decade political transition, which begins in early November when heir apparent Xi Jinping is expected to take over the party’s top post from President Hu Jintao. A lingering question, however, is whether Hu will also relinquish the chairmanship of the party’s 12-member commission that controls the Chinese Army. As one theory goes, Beijing’s...
  • mo-yan-OVNB10-main-tease

    Revolutionary Snark

    Nobel winner Mo Yan and the magical realism of China's micro-blogging platform Weibo. By Melinda Liu.
  • Japan

    Confucian Comeback

    China Remains Divided Over Reviving its Ancient Sage
  • macau-adelson-OVNB10

    Graft Or Guanxi?

    A bribery probe casts a spotlight on an ancient Chinese term.
  • 100-places-travel-forbidden-city

    An Intimate Look at Beijing

    Bargain hard at a frenzied open-air market, taste the world’s most succulent duck, and venture into the Forbidden City.
  • chen-guangcheng-co05-main-tease

    Blind Injustice

    The true story of a dissident’s life–and daring escape.
  • china-xi-jinping-OV01-main

    China’s Next Head Honcho

    Meet Xi Jinping of China’s communist party who will lead Beijing’s new political generation.
  • china-red-restaurant-OV12-liu-tease

    China's 'Red' Restaurants

    An edgy new trend in Chinese dining turns the Cultural Revolution into dinner theater.
  • shangri-la-OV11-wide

    China's New Shangri-La

    The City of Dali is a traveler’s Dream: a taste of old China in an idyllic setting. But is it destined to be ruined by tourism?
  • ai-weiwei-ov04-gal-slah

    Portrait of the Gulag

    Artist Ai WeiWei is freed. But China continues its harshest crackdown on political dissidents in decades.
  • The Politics of Reincarnation

    It’s probably best not to even try making sense of Beijing’s pronouncements on the 14th Dalai Lama and other Tibetan spiritual leaders: you’ll only make your head hurt. Last week the officially atheist Chinese government’s State Administration for Religious Affairs disclosed plans to enact a new law forbidding the 75-year-old Buddhist deity to be reborn anywhere but on Chinese-controlled soil, and giving final say to Chinese authorities when the time comes to identify his 15th incarnation.
  • China Censors Egypt Coverage

    Parallels between Tahrir Square in 2011 and Tiananmen Square in 1989 haven’t been lost on China’s media censors. Last week two of the nation’s biggest Internet portals, Sina.com and NetEase.com, blocked keyword searches of the word “Egypt.” So did Weibo, China’s Twitter equivalent. (China’s Great Firewall already blocks access to the real Twitter, as well as Facebook and YouTube.) The party warned that websites refusing to censor comments about Egypt would be “shut down by force.”
  • china-children-beast-hsmall

    Amy Chua's 'Chinese Mom' Controversy: The Response in China

    "Chinese moms" in China aren’t raising superior kids, actually. U.S. author Amy Chua’s book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother"—and The Wall Street Journal extract of her memoir headlined "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior"—has sparked huge debate inside China.

Pages