Sure, malls are a ubiquitous, mono-cultural, expensive, and haphazard way to develop an urban area but they serve a vital social function in China that we'd probably miss if it wasn't there.
An excerpt from Ghost Cities of China has been featured in The New Inquiry.
A collection of articles that I wrote for a print supplement about the Chinese city of Zhengzhou in the South China Morning Post.
Before borders can be opened for trade we need to know where the borders actually are. What will happen to Kashmir as China, India, and Pakistan become more politically and economically intertwined?
A visit to the kampung community that is next to Jakarta's traditional port. Building houses on stilts is one of the prime architectural designs of human culture and appear all through history all over the world.
A major shift has occurred in China, as blissful ignorance has been replaced by outrage of the country's air quality.
An interesting look inside the home of some students on Sumatra.
A young Indonesian woman tried to lure me back to her home on the train from Jakarta to Merak, for what purpose was the question.
This is an article that I wrote for the South China Morning Post. It's about Shenzhen's massive grassroots "shanzhai" manufacturing ecosystem which was initially known for producing knock-offs but has evolved into a force which is driving innovation globally and giving the big brands serious competition.
This is an article that I wrote for Thompson Reuters about the broader strategy behind the creation of China's new cities and districts, as well as how their appearance as "ghost towns" is merely a phase in their development.
How I use a camera to engage people -- the pictures are only a secondary benefit.
I had little to do in Jakarta but walk through the streets talking with people. These are some photos of interactions that won't make it into their own blog posts.
One small plastic guard, one big step for civilization. Investigating Indonesia's urinal guards.
Vagabond Journey's exploration of the world's ports continues with the old, traditional port of Jakarta: Sunda Kelapa.
As China's so-called ghost cities fill up they are forgotten by a mainstream international media that is hungry for sensational stories, not rational takes on what is surely the most expansive urbanization movement in human history. Here are five new cities in China that have filled up with people and commerce since being heralded as ghost towns.
China has declared war on air pollution, and is rolling out an array of anti-smog measures that are truly unimaginable.
Reviews of my book, Ghost Cities of China, and interviews with me about it that were published last month.
If you had to choose one thing to represent the Philippines there is a good chance it would be the jeepney. I set out to learn more about the tradition and history of this iconic vehicle, and this is what I found.
The New Eurasian Land Bridge, or the New Silk Road, will be one of the big global stories of this era -- and my new project.