Ian Johnson, Pulitzer Prize winner, China journalist for the Wall Street Journal, and author of Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China, wrote in the May issue of National Geographic about how the local Chinese live and do business at the Grand Canal.
Ian Johnson first went to China in 1984 and has lived there off and on for a dozen years. He was bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of China. He has also won two Overseas Press Club awards for his work on China and Asian economics.
He is currently affiliated with the New York Times and working on a book about grassroots change in China. His articles also appear in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Foreign Policy and the Journal of Chinese Religions. He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a fellow at the Open Society Institute.