I have had the privilege of visiting Shanghai 3 or 4 times in the past year, and have come to love the city. This time-lapse video produced by Maurice Dusault of Tiny Carousel captures well it’s greatness. Enjoy. (tip: Shanghaiist)
Hu Was the Leader of China. Now Xi Is.
Two weeks ago, the Communist Party of China (CPC) completed it’s 18th National Congress, at which a new set of leaders was appointed. The nine-member Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) that sits at the apex of Party power and thus effectively rules the country was reduced to 7 members, and all but 2 of the out-going […]
Guarding Tiananmen Square
On Sunday afternoon, I and a friend did something we hadn’t done in a long time — took a stroll around Tiananmen Square, the closest thing that an atheist nation has to a sacred space. Because the Party Congress meetings had concluded a few days previous, security was still very much heightened. There were policemen […]
A Nap in the Living Room
Happiness is a nap in the living room, especially when the living room is outside and it’s a gorgeous fall day and you’ve just had your fill of scraps from the tables of the ‘hole-in-the-wall’ restaurant that your owners run.
Chinese Bumper Stickers 
With grannies wearing red arm bands stationed every few hundred yards throughout the city to watch for and report on any suspicious activities, I feel a bit self-conscious walking around snapping pictures of bumper stickers. After all, what could be more suspicious? Never mind….here are this week’s installments of Chinese bumper stickers. Enjoy. Until next […]
In the course of my research on church bells in Beijing, I have been learning a lot about the history of the Catholic churches here. One thing I have learned is that, even though the Jesuits had favor at the imperial court and were often on friendly terms with the emperor and his family, who […]