Entry Six: Do you get China?

This week’s writings are from a weekend getaway I took to Suzhou and a day trip I took to the TianTong Temple outside Ningbo. They are also infused with my consumption of NYTimes articles about China, Chinese films/books that are banned in China, and of course, my general day to day interactions with Chinese citizens […]

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Entry Five: American Treasures

“As a writer, I know I carry all the accumulated moments of my life” – Natalie Goldberg, The True Secret of Writing, Connecting Life with Language The title of this blog resonates with me even more so when I am away. My dreams roam the blizzarding mountain passes we drove into the Rockies when I was […]

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Entry Three – Bamboo / Beilun

When I first arrived, I was scared to spend time outside my hotel room. I was scared to look different, to not be able to communicate, to get lost, or to – unaware – do something unpolite. It’s been a month and I love being outside. I love trying new sentences and stumbling my way […]

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Entry Two: Foreigner – 外国人

Guangzhou is the first part I see Pre-dawn A mat of gold [lights] then Customs [Five AM, Quiet smiles] Guangzhou airport – magnanimous palace spilling over with Sunrise [Haze]/Window Walls [Towers] Marble Floors [Glass] Orchids between the Zen Walkways   The Man Beside Me Opens My Waterbottle Puts up my tray table Nods when I […]

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