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Barbara Demick

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Barbara Demick, currently on book leave from the Los Angeles Times, most recently served as the bureau chief in Beijing. She was formerly bureau chief in Seoul. She joined The Times in 2001. She is the author of two books: the bestselling “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” and “Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood.” Demick has won Britain’s Samuel Johnson Award for best nonfiction, the George Polk Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Award, as well as awards from the Asia Society and the Overseas Press Club and most recently, in 2012, Stanford University’s Shorenstein Award for best Asia reporting. She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

 

Recent Articles

  • Tibet's last princess gives a rare interview

    Tibet's last princess gives a rare interview

    Gonpo Tso was born a princess. As a young woman, she dressed in fur-trimmed robes with fat ropes of coral beads strung around her neck. She lived in an adobe castle on the edge of the Tibetan plateau with a reception room large enough to accommodate the thousand Buddhist monks who once paid tribute...

  • Immolations are just one sign of tension over Communist rule

    Immolations are just one sign of tension over Communist rule

    By the time Dongtuk arrived, the body was gone. A pack of matches lay on the ground, the only sign of the horror that had taken place. Dongtuk picked them up and fingered them. About an hour earlier, one of the teenager's best friends had siphoned gasoline from a motorcycle, swallowed part of it...

  • Tibetans lose a haven in Nepal under Chinese pressure

    Tibetans lose a haven in Nepal under Chinese pressure

    Tsomo escaped Tibet last year on a zipline that carried her into Nepal over a chasm of jagged rocks and a river gushing white as frothing milk. The 23-year-old student remembers she was numb with terror as the smugglers fastened a thick rope through her legs and across her chest in a harness. It...

  • Dalai Lama's 80th birthday invites celebration and contemplation

    Dalai Lama's 80th birthday invites celebration and contemplation

    To hear the Dalai Lama laugh, his face lighting up in a beatific smile, it is easy to forget the cascade of disasters endured by the Tibetan Buddhist movement over the course of his life. Yet the list is long, and growing longer, as an ascendant China consolidates control over Tibet. On the cusp...

  • If guilty, North Korea must have amazed even itself with Sony hack

    If guilty, North Korea must have amazed even itself with Sony hack

    North Korea has discovered that not only is the pen mightier than the sword, but malware may be more powerful than its nuclear deterrent.For decades, North Korea's propaganda machine (dubbed by a colleague of mine, Aidan Foster-Carter, the Great Vituperator) has churned out warnings of impending...

  • African nations pull out of Youth Olympics in Ebola controversy

    African nations pull out of Youth Olympics in Ebola controversy

    Saying they were unhappy about being stigmatized over fears of Ebola, some African countries have withdrawn from a Youth Olympics tournament set to begin Saturday in the Chinese city of Nanjing. Nigeria said it was in the process of sending home a delegation of 19 officials and teenage athletes...

  • Deadly clash in China: An ambush by Uighurs or a government massacre?

    Deadly clash in China: An ambush by Uighurs or a government massacre?

    What happened in the dead of night on a desolate road near a desert oasis in northwestern China is so shrouded in mystery that it would seem that nearly everybody who witnessed it took an oath of silence — or is dead. But the most reliable accounts suggest that heavy-handed religious restrictions...

  • China imposes intrusive rules on Uighurs in Xinjiang

    China imposes intrusive rules on Uighurs in Xinjiang

    Forget privacy. Chinese authorities here want to know what you eat and when you eat it. How you style your hair, how you dress, and what songs are on your iPad or smartphone. Stung by a string of terrorist attacks by Uighurs, members of a Muslim minority who live in northwestern China's Xinjiang...

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