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Hi! I'm Mary Wang. 

I'm a Chinese-Dutch writer and editor living in New York. My criticism, essays, reporting and fashion journalism revolve around how we can read all aspects of culture to better understand the society we live in. I used to work as an editor at Vogue.com and as a newsroom producer at WNYC, and I have also contributed to the Guardian, New Republic, Racked, Village Voice, Vogue Netherlands, among others. I share a home with my partner, our four cats, and one very independently-spirited rabbit. 

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REPORTING

In Indonesia, Drag Is Allowing Queens to Shift Between Worlds [Vogue]

For the queens performing at Cabaret Raminten in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, influences come from far and wide.

 

Politics Stressing You Out? Alternative Medicine Is Ready to Help (Again) [WNYC]

Many New Yorkers have resorted to holistic medicine, especially those who lacked access to mainstream care in the first place.

 

The Next Wave of Activism Is Taking Place in Rural America [the Guardian]

Traumatized by Occupy’s dissipation, the founder of the movement realized that street protests have become outdated. Now he’s focusing on hyper-local activism.

 

Seeing Through The Fog: Part One,

Seeing Through The Fog: Part Two [Guernica]

A two part series on how ancient philosophy and medicine come up against pollution and modernization in China.

 

The ‘Barefoot Doctors’ Serving America's Cities [CityLab]

Since it took root in the U.S. during the Gold Rush, Chinese medicine has served marginalized communities, from immigrants to Black Panthers to sex workers.

 

CRITICISM

Mudbound Is a Jim Crow–Era Epic That Reflects Painful Truths About America Today [Vogue]

Among the many Obama-era legacies that the Trump administration has shattered, the dream of a postracial America, for some, has been the most painful.

 

With Zanele Muholi, the South African LGBTQ Community Is (Literally) Taking Center Stage [Vogue]

The visual activist travels to New York with the community she's documenting.

 

We Need to Talk About the Refugee Crisis—But Is Ai Weiwei the One to Do It? [Vogue]

"Human Flow" offers familiar images of an urgent cause.

 

Guggenheim’s Much-Contested China Exhibition Holds Up An Unexpected Mirror to America Instead [Vogue]

On the messy entanglement of censorship and freedom. 

 

With Shaneera, Fatima Al Qadiri Asks What Drag Means in the Middle East [Vogue]

The musician's new album is dedicated to the world's "evil queens."

 

Eminem’s Trump Takedown Proves That It Takes a White Rapper for the World to Pay Attention [Vogue]

Hip-hop has always been a genre of protest, but not every musician is heard equally. 

 

Longing for Tomorrow [Real Life]

Science fiction blockbusters should comprise the future of emotions as well as technologies.

 

Seeing Things: Hilton Als, Alice Neel, and the Art of Looking [Village Voice]

On the two great essayists of our time.

 

China Inside Out [Village Voice]

"Tales of Our Time" at the Guggenheim tells a less familiar story. 

 

 

FASHION

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Resorts to Protest Tees to Say What Trump Doesn’t Want to Hear [Vogue]

Carmen Yulín Cruz understood the political power of fashion.

 

Why We Should Care About What Donald and Melania Trump Wore to Texas [Vogue]

Presidents have always known an image can speak more than a thousand words.

 

Modest Fashion Is Everywhere — for Good and Bad [Racked]

With dedicated bloggers and the new Net-a-Porter-like Modist, dressing demurely is going mainstream.

 

Spring Updates [Vogue Netherlands]

Style recommendations for the new year include the Matrix, bellybutton piercings and optimism. 

 

New York Fashion Week Has Become Unaffordable - For Young Designers [Racked]

Alternatives like Harlem Fashion Week have sprung up to give up-and-comers a chance.

 

The Hijab: For Faith and Fashion [WNYC]

In politically divisive times, some use fashion to bridge the gap. 

 

INTERVIEWS

Gloria Steinem’s Advice for the Next Generation of Feminists Is a Must-Read for Our Time [Vogue]

A conversation with the icon about the challenges we face today.

 

A$AP Rocky Wants The Real Stuff [Vogue Netherlands]

...And a vintage Mercedes.

 

The Real Life Carrie Bradshaw [Vogue Netherlands]

An interview with sex-columnist Karley Sciortino.