One of the best things about my personal graduate life experience is the unprecedented level of travel I’ve been fortunate enough to experience. Of course not everyone has a supervisor like mine that grants vacation time easily or sends me to conferences in exotic locals (Italy, Vancouver, Vermont) but the flexibility inherent in grad school… Read More Off on an adventure…
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
Long, slow-moving lines in China are never a good sign, especially when preceding a lengthy journey in a cramped space. Such was my luck last Saturday night, as I prepared to go back to my research site after a short work-ation during Spring Festival (a.k.a., Chinese New Year). It had been a restful and productive… Read More Got a Ticket to Ride?
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
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
Cricket fighting? Like, fighting crickets? Yeah, I’m not talking about underhanded baseball here. But crickets are so small! Yes they are, but when they’re given names like the “Golden-headed king” and the “Long-legged general”, they sure don’t feel small. When thousands of dollars are bet in each match, and when it’s a battle unto death replete with backbreakers and sumo-style throws, they don’t seem so small either. … Read More Cricket fighting.