Jonathan is Beijing Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times, reporting on politics, business and social trends across East Asia. Previously, he was a correspondent for the Guardian, and before that, a Fulbright scholar researching folklore in China’s rural southwest. He has also written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, and Foreign Policy Magazine, and has appeared as a commentator on the BBC, NPR, PRI, WNYC, CBC, and many others.
Jonathan is currently writing a book for Random House about a missing American flight crew in 1940s China and the mysteries of World War II. He has lived in Beijing for eight years, and speaks fluent Mandarin.
Meet the Nightcrawlers of Manila: A night on the front lines of the Philippines' war on drugs
“In the morning, if you shoot dead people, it's gory, but at night it’s almost beautiful,” he said, clicking through photos on his laptop. “You can hide the blood, because of the shadows. It's psychedelic, the colors.”
Survivors tell the camera the hidden tale of China's Great Famine
When Li Yaqin was 16, she ate what her family could scavenge: dandelion leaves, alfalfa, rice sprouts, corn husks ground and pressed into cakes. As her college-age granddaughter quietly captured her on digital camera, the 73-year-old told of watching her father starve to death.
Does multimillion dollar Chinese investment signal Detroit’s rebirth?
Last autumn, a group of Chinese real estate developers arrived in downtown Detroit for a city tour. As they walked through its small central cluster of high-rises – some in use, many long-ago abandoned – they were impressed by what they saw.
Ethnic Music Tests Limits in China
They have toured Europe, played alongside marquee names like the band Coldplay and earned plaudits in the international press. But here in China, the growing popularity of the Mongolian rock band Hanggai has not exactly inspired adulation from the authorities.
Razing History: The Tragic Story of a Beijing Neighborhood's Destruction
On a cloudy day last March, a retired office clerk surnamed Sun stood outside of his courtyard home in the heart of Beijing, lit a cigarette, and tried not to dwell on the eight-acre swath of rubble down the street that used to be his neighborhood.