Daniel Christopher Washburn (born October 31, 1973, Danville, Pennsylvania) is an American writer and journalist. He is the author of The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream, named one of the best books of 2014 by The Financial Times.[1] Washburn is represented by the New York-based literary agent Zoe Pagnamenta.[2]

Dan Washburn
Born (1973-10-31) October 31, 1973 (age 46)
Danville, Pennsylvania
OccupationAuthor, journalist
Alma materElizabethtown College
Notable worksThe Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream
SpouseBliss Khaw

Washburn has written for Slate,[3] Financial Times Weekend Magazine,[4] The Atlantic,[5] Foreign Policy,[6] Golf World,[7] Golf Digest,[8] ESPN.com,[9] and other publications.

Washburn's work was featured in the 2008 book, Inside The Ropes: Sportswriters Get Their Game On,[10] and the 2013 anthology Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China.[11]

From 2002 to 2011, Washburn was based in Shanghai, China,[12] where he was known for his various websites.[13] He is founding editor of Shanghaiist, part of the Gothamist network of city websites.[14]

Prior to moving to Shanghai, Washburn was a sports writer for The Times in Gainesville, Georgia. He won the Georgia Sports Writers Association's top prize in outdoors writing four years in a row. In 2001, he was named Georgia's top sports columnist.[15]

Washburn is currently Chief Content Officer at Asia Society in New York City.[16] He lives in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.[17]


Washburn married Bliss Khaw in 2006. He grew up in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Elizabethtown College.


  1. ^ "Best books of 2014". The Financial Times. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  2. ^ "The Zoe Pagnamenta Agency - Client List". The Zoe Pagnamenta Agency. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  3. ^ "The Forbidden Game". Slate. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  4. ^ "Golf's secret boom in Hainan, China". Financial Times Weekend Magazine. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  5. ^ "Stories by Dan Washburn". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  6. ^ "China's Golf Obsession". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  7. ^ "Last Call". Golf World. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  8. ^ "Cool When It Counted". Golf Digest. Retrieved 2010-10-14.
  9. ^ "Archive of Dan Washburn's stories on ESPN.com". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  10. ^ Inside The Ropes: Sportswriters Get Their Game On. Google Books. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  11. ^ Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China. Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  12. ^ "Catch Shanghaiist's Dan Washburn in Hong Kong!". Shanghaiist. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  13. ^ "Web Celebs: Go gaga for Shanghai's newest generation of internet celebrities". City Weekend. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  14. ^ "Shanghaiist Staff". Shanghaiist. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  15. ^ "Dan Washburn's Writing Awards". danwashburn.com. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  16. ^ "Our People". Asia Society. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  17. ^ "@danwashburn". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-11-11.

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