Alec Ash


Below are selected clippings of Ash's' magazine features and anthologised writing:


Orphans of progress

A feature about 'left-behind children' in rural China, and three generations of a single family, in 1843 magazine

gaokao student

The toughest school exam in the world

A long read following one Chinese high school student as he takes the college entrance exam, in the Guardian


Do young Chinese care about politics?

A deep dive into the multi-faceted political opinions, or lack of them, among young Chinese today, in Dissent


Animal spirits

How Mongolian shamanism has become big business, and the environmental paradoxes at its heart, for 1843


Hutong neighbours

A longform story of unreckoned memory and intersecting communities in Beijing's historic hutongs, in Asia Literary Review

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China's legacy of youth protest

How one elite Chinese student chose not to join the Communist Party, on a campus rich with history, in China File


Out of Tibet

A book chapter following a young Tibetan struggling to find his place in modern China, from Chinese Characters


Selected as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

"Compelling and beautifully written" – Prospect

"One of the best I have read" – FT

"Fascinating and insightful"
Paul French

"A talented young observer of today’s China"
Peter Hessler