Christina Larson

Christina Larson is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine based in Beijing, China. She has reported widely from across China and Southeast Asia. Her writing on China, the environment, climate change and civil society have appeared in the The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, Smithsonian, and Time magazine, among other publications. In 2008, she was named a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists (international reporting). Her profile of Chinese environmentalist Yong Yang will be included in the forthcoming anthology of China writing, Chinese Characters. Christina was managing editor of the Washington Monthly from 2003 to 2006, and editor from 2007 to 2008. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she graduated from Stanford University.


The Middle Kingdom’s Dilemma

n January 2007, a geologist named Yong Yang set out from his home in China’s western Sichuan Province with five researchers, two sport utility vehicles, one set of clothes, and several trunks of equipment for measuring rainfall and water volume; a camping stove, a rice cooker, canned meat, and more than sixty bottles of Sichuan… Read more »

China’s Pollution Revolution

n 2005, China was shaken by 51,000 pollution-triggered “public disturbances”demonstrations or riots of a hundred or more people protesting the contamination of rivers and farmsaccording to the government’s own statistics. (The real figures are almost certainly higher.) The Ministry of Public Security has ranked pollution among the top five threats to China’s peace and stability…. Read more »

Party Smashers

ne sultry June day in 2006, Valerie Fellows, press officer at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, took an unexpected phone call from the manager of the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge in Maine. “I don’t know if you care,” said the voice on the other end of the line, “but next May 27th… Read more »

The Green Leap Forward

hina is on its way to becoming not only the worlds largest economy, but also its largest polluter. Of the worlds twenty most polluted cities, sixteen are in China. Ninety percent of the countrys cities have contaminated groundwater. The World Bank predicts that in the next fifteen years, Chinas shortage of clean water will create… Read more »

The Invention of Shopping

May I help you find suspenders to match the piano? A tie to go with your tea? Some Mozart for your handbag? If the modern art of selling depends upon creating associations, todays sales mavericks owe a lot to the history of the department store, the original lifestyle marketers. In the early decades of the… Read more »