Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. His most recent book, as coauthor, is the updated third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2018). He is also the author of books such as the Eight Juxtapositions: China Through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo (Penguin, 2016), and the editor or co-editor of several titles, including, most recently, The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China (also 2016). He is one of the co-founders of and an academic editor for LARB's China Channel, a member of the editorial board of Dissent Magazine, and a co-founder of UCI's Forum for the Academy and Public Life. He has written reviews and commentaries for newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, as well as for a wide range of magazines, journals of opinion, and literary reviews, including the TLS and The Atlantic.  He is an adviser to the Hong Kong International Literary Festival and has been a featured speaker at Internazionale's Ferrara Festival. Find him on Twitter at @jwassers.


Hong Kong on the Brink

Jeffrey Wasserstrom documents and reflects on the recent protests in Hong Kong....

Then They Came for the Bookseller

The ongoing threats to free expression in Hong Kong, which are again in the headlines, need to be placed in a long-term historical context....

Hong Kong Visions

"I'm used to Hong Kong streets being noisy; instead it was eerily silent."...

China and the Nobel IV

Part IV of our series on China and the Nobel Prize for Literature. LARB's Asia editors Megan Shank and Jeffrey Wasserstrom ...

Why Hong Kong?

Snowden ran there; Wasserstrom combs through his own 25-year relationship....



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