Andrew Stokols writes on global urbanization and international development with a focus on China and Asia. In China, he has worked as a Princeton-in-Asia Fellow at a rural development NGO and was a Fulbright Scholar studying urbanization in western China. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy. He is currently a Masters in Urban Planning candidate at Harvard GSD.
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Xi'an's Urban Villages

Xi’an’s Urban Villages

While thought of as a southern China phenomenon, “urban villages” can be found in most Chinese cities, including Xi’an.  Enclaves of informality, urban villages are remnants of actual villages that were enveloped by urban expansion as cities moved outward into farms over the last 30 years of China’s rapid economic growth.  Because of the difference...
The Last Days of Bali Village 八里村最后的日子

The Last Days of Bali Village 八里村最后的日子

Entering Bali Village from the recently-opened subway station, I pass through a colorful Chinese-style arch that marks the village entrance into a small alley filled with vendors selling mala tang, massage parlors, and used book stores.  Turning down another alley even narrower, wedged between the 8-story blocks that have sprouted haphazardly from the ground,  I...
China by Street

China by Street

“Finally,within a huge and sombre mass of things, a blackened people, who live and die in silence.  Thousands of beings, who follow a fatal instinct, pursuing gold with good and evil means.”- Charles Baudelaire, Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs de Mal) As Baudelaire described the masses of urban residents filling the streets of 19th century...