In Our Lifetime?: World Tuberculosis Day 2013

Upon first describing my research—on tuberculosis (TB) control in China—I’m generally met with glassy stares or feigned interest. When people ARE instantly captured, I get the feeling that much of it comes out of an anxious hypochondria that’s more about themselves than anything that I have to say. A bit of an exaggeration, okay, but… Read More In Our Lifetime?: World Tuberculosis Day 2013

Changing of the Red Guard

Over the last two weeks, Chinese government officials have gathered in Beijing for the National People’s Congress (NPC), and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). In Chinese, this gathering is known as the “Two Meetings”— an annual assembly that puts forth national-level political decisions. This year’s meetings marked the once-in-ten-year transition of state figureheads. Under… Read More Changing of the Red Guard

A Kunming Carole: Reflections on the Holidays in Five Scenes

Scene One: Christmas Light Bulb I knew I wanted to write a blog post about spending the holidays in China, but couldn’t  find a thread to tie my thoughts and experiences together. China, being an atheist state (opiate of the masses and all), does not officially celebrate Christmas. This has not, however, stopped the incursion… Read More A Kunming Carole: Reflections on the Holidays in Five Scenes

Of Elephants, Donkeys, Dragons and Men: Thinking about how China Perceives the U.S. Perception of China

It’s been over a month since U.S. citizens went to polling stations and exercised their right to elect representatives to office.  Having cast my absentee ballot in September, I watched the lead up to the election half-heartedly, frustrated by bad Chinese internet connections, and without the possibility to change my vote. Thirteen hours ahead of EST,… Read More Of Elephants, Donkeys, Dragons and Men: Thinking about how China Perceives the U.S. Perception of China