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.


There Goes the Neighborhood

On a grey Columbus Day, as on all federal holidays, the Monthly was open for business, but the building’s front door was bolted. When I realized I’d arrived without my security card to unlock the door, I simply trotted past the $10 sale racks to the left of the main entrance and pushed open the… Read more »

When Real Men Wore Heels

In Washington, however, doors still open to pinstripe suits. Senate suites and federal agencies remain holdouts against rolled-up sleeves, even as much of the corporate world has gladly left the jacket and tie in the closet. On Pennsylvania Avenue, formality starts at the top. If the president doesn’t wear a suit, he seems to voters… Read more »

From Venus To Minerva

The woman behind this commercial behemoth, editor in chief Anna Wintour, 55, a petite woman with a short bob and a penchant for Chanel suits and oversized sunglasses, first entered popular imagination a few years ago when a former assistant’s novel, The Devil Wears Prada, painted Wintour as a vain and controlling woman who took… Read more »

A Tale of Two Cities

This celebration of all things Gallic in a city where two years ago Congress banned the phrase “French fries” from its cafeteria menus might raise a few eyebrows–especially as it’s coinciding with a sudden White House rush toward rapprochement with France, in part to solidify support for U.S. policies in the Middle East. Could the… Read more »

Postmodern Protests

The march halted in McPherson Square, a downtown park where several different counter-inaugural marches were to coalesce that afternoon for a further round of rousing speeches. While they waited for the others to arrive, one of the organizers, Sarah Long, declared the morning’s “Women’s March and Funeral Procession” protest a success. “I think we had… Read more »