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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China’s ‘dancing grannies’ vow to dance on

China’s ‘dancing grannies’ vow to dance on

  Walk through any public square or park in most Chinese cities and you’re likely to see—and probably hear—a colorful group of elderly residents dancing and singing to their favorite classical Chinese songs. The dancing grannies, as they are known, have become a permanent fixture of Chinese urban life. But they have also aroused the anger...
Village Acupuncture

Village Acupuncture

Can Architects Restore Vitality to China’s Countryside? On a bamboo-covered mountaintop the mud-walled houses of Diaotan village are just barely visible through the thick fog that often shrouds this remote hamlet in China’s Zhejiang province. Worn but sturdy earthen walls still enclose the largest structure of Diaotan, the ancestral hall, or citing. Inside, a few lanterns...
China's red turn?

China’s red turn?

China’s call for artists to visit the countryside should be viewed in light of recent political upheaval, not the Cultural Revolution.   On a recent trip to rural Zhejiang to look at historic village preservation efforts , I found myself staying in an interesting hotel, evocatively named the 知青公社 or “Intellectual Youth Commune” in Songyang...
LGBT film explores coming out in China

LGBT film explores coming out in China

June 19,2014 Fan Popo Coming out to one’s family is a common rite of passage for gays and lesbians around the world. But China’s queer community faces unique challenges, including a one-child policy that puts pressure on sons or daughters to provide their parents with grandkids. With the nation’s rapid development, however, social attitudes are...