Harriet Sergeant


I don’t want to be a mansion tax migrant

2 May 2015 9:00 am

The super-rich can shrug off Labour’s big tax idea. People like me will be forced out

Volvo China Open - Day Three

Banned – and booming: the strange world of Chinese golf

2 August 2014 9:00 am

I was in Shanghai interviewing a Chinese film director and an actor. We were discussing government censorship. How did anyone…

Japanese soldiers salute after filling a channel with coffins during a mass burial of tsunami victims Photo: AFP/Getty

Is there a way to live without economic growth? 

18 January 2014 9:00 am

During Japan’s lost decade in the 1990s I found myself handing out rice balls to Tokyo’s homeless on the banks…

Out on the town

28 July 2012 6:00 am

In the middle of last summer’s riots, Mash, a member of a South London gang I have befriended, phoned me.…

WEB EXCLUSIVE: These rioters are Tony Blair’s children

13 August 2011 12:00 am

Nihilism and disorder have been fostered by the state


Reverting to type

17 July 2010 12:00 am

While I was living in Tokyo, a Japanese girl friend of mine fell in love with a British investment banker.


The lady from Shanghai

24 February 2010 12:00 am

By the middle of the second world war, May-ling Soong was the world’s most powerful woman, at the centre of events in China’s history and its relationship with the USA.

Three men and a singer

19 November 2008 12:00 am

The China Lover, by Ian Buruma


No mean feat

31 October 2007 1:22 pm

Harriet Sergeant

Much possessed by death

4 March 2006 12:00 am

On the 25 November, 1970 after a failed coup d’état, the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima stuck a knife into his…

With not much help from Freud

16 July 2005 12:00 am

Shortly after the end of the Cultural Revolution, I found myself in a girls’ dormitory of Beijing university. It was…