Selected reviews of contemporary photography and visual art.

What Ho Fan's photographs tell us about Hong Kong identity

Book review of legendary photographer Ho Fan's 'Portrait of Hong Kong,' his final monograph. ArtAsiaPacific, June 27, 2017

To live this freely: In memory of Ren Hang

Essay remembering groundbreaking Chinese photographer Ren Hang, who passed away at the age of 29. Still / Loud and Invisible Photographer Asia, March 4, 2017. Translated into Chinese by Initium

Chinatown interior photos reveal unseen strangers

Review: Louis Chan's photographs document the rooms of Chinese American immigrants in New York City. CNN Style, April 25, 2017

Mysteries along the Hong Kong-China border

Review: In Terry Ng’s photographs it’s not apparent which side of the Hong Kong-China border you’re on. Still / Loud, August 7, 2017

The photographer who immortalized Hong Kong's cool

Profile of iconic artist Wing Shya, Wong Kar Wai's former set photographer, whose raw, smoky images defined the golden era of Hong Kong cinema. CNN Style, December 27, 2016

The new world of Chinese photography

Feature: At PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, a new era of Chinese photography is characterized by the rise of mixed media and abstraction. CNN Style, September 13, 2016

The dreamy, intimate portraits of Shen Wei

Review: Shanghai-based Shen Wei's photographs aren't ordinary portraits — they're dreams. CNN Style, October 27, 2016

How Ren Hang's photographs explore desire

A review of Ren Hang's distinctive erotic photography, published shortly before the artist took his own life. CNN Style, February 14, 2017


Nothing new in Nobuyoshi Araki's latest exhibition

Review: “Last by Leica” is Araki's same old formula, served up as nostalgia for outdated photography and gender politics. ArtAsiaPacific, June 20, 2017

How do you breathe in Hong Kong?

Review: An exhibition at Asia Society Hong Kong poses familiar questions: Who are we? What is the meaning of this land? CNN Style, March 20, 2017

A look beyond Hong Kong's postcard exterior

Feature: 15 artists reveal an intimate, surreal side of life in Hong Kong, where space and time undergo peculiar transformations. CNN Style, August 19, 2016



Selected clips: Politics, social justice news and commentary.

Trump supporters sent me threats over this tweet

The story of how my election-night tweet went viral and became a revealing Rorschach test. Fusion, November 11, 2016

What Neil Gorsuch was like in college

A deep dive into Trump's Supreme Court pick's past as an extreme right-wing campus character at Columbia University. Fusion, February 1, 2017

One-third of House Democrats boycott Trump’s inauguration

I tracked the one-third of House Democrats skipping Trump's inauguration in an unprecedented protest. Fusion, January 13, 2017

Father of boy roughed up by off-duty cop: ‘This is not right’

After an off-duty LAPD cop opened fire during a confrontation with a teen, I spoke to his father. Fusion, February 23, 2017

Arizona mom becomes one of first deported under Trump policy

I spoke to activists after Guadalupe “Lupita” Garcia de Rayos was arrested. Fusion, February 10, 2017

Columbia becomes first U.S. university to divest from prisons

Widely shared report on Columbia Prison Divest's groundbreaking divestment victory. CNN, June 23, 2015


hong kong & china

Selected clips: News and feature stories about Hong Kong and China.

Life inside the densest place on earth, Kowloon Walled City

CNN International's top-shared feature story of 2014. CNN International, March 31, 2014

Hong Kong's 'shameful' treatment of refugees exposed

A close look into the living conditions for Hong Kong's most vulnerable residents. CNN International, July 18, 2013

17-year-old Hong Kong student prepares for democracy battle

A defining interview of Joshua Wong one week before the pivotal 2014 Umbrella Movement for universal suffrage in Hong Kong. CNN International, September 21, 2014

Hong Kong to Chinese shoppers: 'Go home'

Video and report: Fierce protests in Hong Kong's New Territories highlight the city's growing rift with China. CNN International, March 3, 2015

How Hong Kong remembers Tiananmen Square

Explainer: Hong Kong's annual vigil marking the Tiananmen Square massacre. CNN International, June 4, 2015

How tear gas brought Hong Kongers together

Dispatch from the opening days of Hong Kong's months-long pro-democracy occupations. CNN International, October 1, 2014

Could a Uniqlo sex tape hint at China's sexual 'rebound'?

Report: China cracks down on what it fears could be a new wave of immorality after a sex video went viral. CNN International, July 25, 2015

Chinese feminists show off armpit hair in photo contest

Report: In the fight against domestic violence and gender inequality, Chinese feminists have opened up a new battlefront: Their armpits. CNN International, June 10, 2015

'Breasts are not weapons,' say Hong Kong protesters

Report: Forget umbrellas — the newest protest symbol in Hong Kong is the bra. CNN International, August 3, 2015

Tycoon's lesbian daughter shakes up conservative Hong Kong

Feature: For some young queer Hong Kongers, Gigi Chao is the kind of "troublemaker" they need. CNN International, February 21, 2014

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