Los Angeles Times

Julie Makinen

Writer

Julie Makinen is a reporter in the Los Angeles Times' Beijing bureau. She previously served as film editor for the Calendar section. In her more than 10 years at The Times as a reporter and editor for the Foreign, Business and entertainment sections, she's seen a lot, from war zones to red carpets. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she studied at Cornell, Stanford and UCLA. 

Recent Articles

  • In a boost for Uber, China legalizes carsharing services

    In a boost for Uber, China legalizes carsharing services

    Lifting a cloud of regulatory uncertainty hanging over the future of Uber and its competitors in China, the government on Thursday legalized ride-sharing services but announced new licensing requirements and other rules. The new regulations, to take effect Nov. 1, require drivers to have at least...

  • To see why LeEco bought Vizio, look at the Chinese company's smartphones

    To see why LeEco bought Vizio, look at the Chinese company's smartphones

    To get a better sense of why Chinese technology company LeEco is buying Irvine TV maker Vizio for $2 billion, have a look at one of LeEco’s smartphones. The company’s Le 2 pro handset retails for just $166 in China, but if you pay about $15 extra, you get a one-year subscription to the company’s...

  • Citizen science takes on Japan's nuclear establishment

    Citizen science takes on Japan's nuclear establishment

    As other Tokyo office workers poured into restaurants and bars at quitting time one recent evening, Kohei Matsushita went to the eighth floor of a high-rise for an unusual after-hours activity: learning how to assemble his own Geiger counter from a kit. Hunched over a circuit board, the 37-year-old...

  • China's censors are cracking down on the online news industry

    China's censors are cracking down on the online news industry

    In a further attempt to tighten censorship, China this week said it was investigating eight of the nation’s high-profile Internet companies for “serious violations” of rules on who may report and publish news, ordering them to shut down or “clean up” their websites immediately. Just as millions...

  • China box office: Jackie Chan's ‘Skiptrace’ leaps to top spot

    China box office: Jackie Chan's ‘Skiptrace’ leaps to top spot

    The Jackie Chan-Johnny Knoxville action-comedy “Skiptrace” leaped to the top of the Chinese box office last week, taking in $62.8 million in its first four days in theaters. The debut surpassed that of Chan’s last blockbuster, the 2015 period action film “Dragon Blade,” co-starring John Cusak and...

  • Tiger mauls grandmother to death at Beijing safari park

    Tiger mauls grandmother to death at Beijing safari park

    Beijing Badaling Wildlife World promises visitors a safari experience just 30 miles from the center of the Chinese capital — customers can drive their own cars through a park where lions, tigers and other wild game roam free. But on Saturday afternoon, one family’s outing went horribly wrong, ending...

  • Government flood warning in China was too little, too late, survivors say

    Government flood warning in China was too little, too late, survivors say

    All day Tuesday, Gao Longtao’s phone kept buzzing with alerts from the local government: Heavy rains would be pelting his hometown, Xingtai, about 220 miles southwest of Beijing, the notices said. The rain came in sheets. But even when the electricity went out at about 10 p.m., no one in his village,...

  • More than 170 dead in China flooding; many still missing

    More than 170 dead in China flooding; many still missing

    More than 170 people died and scores remained missing after heavy rains touched off floods and landslides in China this week, officials said Saturday. State-run media put the economic losses at over $2 billion, and meteorologists warned that more thunderstorms were expected in the coming days. ...

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