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Alec Ash

Books Editor

alec@thewirechina.com

Alec Ash is a writer and editor who lives in China. He is the author of Wish Lanterns (Picador, 2016), literary nonfiction following the lives of six young Chinese, which was a BBC Book of the Week, reviewed in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. His articles have appeared in The New York Review…

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Alec Ash is a writer and editor who lives in China. He is the author of Wish Lanterns (Picador, 2016), literary nonfiction following the lives of six young Chinese, which was a BBC Book of the Week, reviewed in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. His articles have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, The Spectator and elsewhere. He is the China correspondent for the Los Angeles Review of Books, the books editor of The Wire and managing editor of its China Channel website. Ash is a contributing author to the book of reportage Chinese Characters (UC Press, 2012) and co-editor of the anthology While We’re Here (Earnshaw Books, 2015). He currently lives in Dali, Yunnan.

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Articles

Getting China Right

The best new books on how to manage the U.S.-China competition, as well as titles on Chinese literature and even cooking.

China’s New Nationalism

Confident, vocal, and performative, China’s patriotic fervor has grown up a lot over the past decade. And with self-interest coexisting with sentiment, it will be dismissed or underestimated at our peril.

Books for a Modern Rivalry

In an era when war is waged in terms of information more than direct attacks, having the right books on your shelf is a powerful protective arsenal.