New Yorker correspondent Evan Osnos answers questions about censorship, street sweeping poets, and his new book on the world’s most populous country: Mother Jones
When Evan Osnos first arrived in Beijing as a college student in 1996, China was a different country. The economy was smaller than Italy’s. The Internet was a nascent, little-known thing. Despite nearly 20 years of economic reforms and opening up to the West, Chinese people still rejected imports like Hollywood and McDonald’s.