Rubble Rousing in a Changing China

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Slowly, I rode. Letting the bicycle take me where it saw fit. On the outskirts of the city, I turned up a weary dirt path. In the distance, I could see big new construction under way. In its immediate shadow, I saw homes half demolished. Others, waiting their turn. The gears of the bicycle clicked. A grandmother was sitting in the […]

Huizhou, China: Haircuts in Translation

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Whenever I travel to a new country, I always endeavor to visit a hair salon.  The mystique of the adventure and the potential hazardous outcome intrigues me to no end.  Will they use hairspray?  What type of shears will be employed?  Who will cut my hair?  These are the questions that keep me up at […]

Yunnan Province, China: Conquering the Tiger Leaping Gorge

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After hours upon hours of airport woes in Beijing, we finally got off the plane in Yunnan province.  We were exhausted, smelly and hungry, but after taking one look around us, we were blown away. There was green everywhere, in the form of terraced agricultural fields and dramatic hills. I imagined it looked like Hawaii […]