Four years ago this afternoon, at 2:12pm, the ground began to shake underneath the mountains of western Sichuan Province. By the end of the day, entire cities were flattened, hillsides had fallen into rivers, 90,000 people were dead, and millions had lost loved ones. I remember what I was doing when I heard the news. […]
The local blogosphere was abuzz this week with the news that Sina Weibo, China's main micro-blogging site had posted a 'user contract' (a list of rules, really) that their microblog users must adhere to. I read through them (you can read them here in English), and just chuckled because it's essentially a re-hash (but with […]
While doing research in preparation for the Esther Expedition that I did with Noel in March, I read a book called “Mission Impossible,” by Ralph Covell. It is a history of the work of a particular Baptist group in Sichuan in the late 1940’s. Among the more interesting stories he tells in the book, one […]
It’s late Monday night and I find myself back in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, looking for evidence of Esther Nelson. When Noel and I were here in March, we learned that an institution in town has an extensive archive of pre-1949 mission agency documents. A friend of a friend of a friend has […]
A few weeks back a colleague and I took a stroll through an old Hutong neighborhood in the southern part of the city. We spotted this guy blow-drying his dog. The dog seemed quite pleased with it all.
Last October I wrote about a great murder mystery that I had read called “Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China,” by Paul French. At the time it was not yet available in the US. But that has changed with the release last week of […]