Linda Jaivin
is the author of The Shortest History of China.

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News June 26, 2021

Inside the Wuhan lab leak conspiracy theory

While a laboratory leak may never be ruled out as the origin of Covid-19, the sources of that theory remain highly questionable.

podcast June 07, 2021

The Australian spy novelist charged with espionage in China

Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been detained by the Chinese government since 2019. He’s been charged with espionage offences and could face the death penalty. Today, Linda Jaivin on the mysterious case of Yang Hengjun and what his treatment says about the Chinese government's approach to human rights.

News June 05, 2021

Yang Hengjun and China’s rule of law

As Australian writer Yang Hengjun awaits a verdict after being tried in China on charges of espionage, a conviction seems likely. Harder to predict is the sentence he will be given.

News July 11, 2020

The case of Yang Hengjun

Amid rising tensions between Beijing and Canberra, the fate of Australian academic and writer Yang Hengjun, imprisoned in China on espionage charges, hangs in the balance.

Travel September 15, 2018

Ponte City, Johannesburg

The Ponte City apartment tower in Johannesburg was built for high-flyers before becoming a violent slum ruled by gangsters. Its rebirth as respectable, affordable housing is a model of community renewal.

Travel August 04, 2018

Borneo’s Gomantong Caves

Within Borneo’s Gomantong Caves – slippery with teeming insects, bird droppings and guano from two million bats – fine dining is likely far from the mind. But overhead a perilous harvest ensues for the key ingredient of Chinese bird’s nest soup.

Travel June 16, 2017

The Museum of Ice Cream

Los Angeles’ pop-up Museum of Ice Cream has visitors shuffling from one branded photo op to another, stretching the idea of a museum until it has no meaning.

Travel August 27, 2016

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo’s streets bear the scars of the Bosnian War siege, but people are pursuing a relaxed approach to life.