Alec Ash


Below are selected clippings of Alec 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

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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


China's New Youth

How the legacy of youth protest in China, from 1919 to 1989, interacts with the new generations today, in Dissent

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The Fantastic Truth About China

An essay-review of contemporary Chinese science fiction and the genre's storied past, in the New York Review of Books


Animal Spirits

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


Labyrinths of Memory

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


Out of Tibet

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


A BBC Book of the Week

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

"Lyrical ... a telling portrait" – Washington Post

"Alive with the full complications of truth" – Evan Osnos

"Compelling and beautifully written" – Prospect