In 1999, I received a scholarship from the government of China to continue my Chinese studies for a year. This is the story of the two semesters I spent at Beijing Normal University and the two months I spent travelling around.
I'm a TV star
Footage of me on Lanse Yaoji
China picture gallery
Scanned pictures from China!
Summer Break: a novella Along with a handy reference map (highlighted in masculine pink) that I made so you can see where exactly I went.
Prologue: Lessons that I've learned
Chapter 1: Chengdu: A New Hope
Chapter 2: Emei Shan: Me, my Thai friends, and a holy Buddhist mountain
Chapter 3: Leshan: Harvard boys and the world's largest Buddha sculpture
Chapter 4: Back in Chengdu
Chapter 5: Kangding
Chapter 6: A long bus ride
Chapter 7: Serxu: Chilling with counterrevolutionaries
Chapter 8: Yushu: More breathtaking temples and disgusting gastrointestinal problems
Chapter 9: Xining: In heaven
Chapter 10: Xi'an: Reverse culture shock
Chapter 11: Beijing: I hardly knew ye!
Epilogue: Ann Arbor, MI: Airport hell
Winter Break: A shorter narrative than Summer Break
Part one: Beijing-Nanning-Pingxiang-Beihai-Wuzhou
Part two: Guangzhou-Macau-Hong Kong
Part three: Yangshuo-random villages in southern Guizhou-Kaili-Guiyang
Essays of general interest
My feelings of ambivalence to the Lonely Planet series
My not so nice feelings towards the Koreans I've met out here
A review of the Mando-pop scene.
The WM/AF connection My not very politically correct, not suitable reading for children or the weak of heart essay on why there are so many white male/Asian female (and so few of the converse) relationships.
The definitive guide to my experience teaching English
The Golden Bamboo: An economic analysis of the bar(s) in the vicinity of Beijing Normal University
My classes suck
A translation of one of the chapters in my conversation class book.
A summary of Beijing's hottest newspaper.
Random signs I saw this winter break.
Here are a bunch of emails that I've sent out since I've been in China. They're mundane compared to the swashbuckling story of what I did during summer or winter break, but you can deal with it. I have done a little editing to clarify the unclarified, deleting the deletable etc. In vaguely chronological order...
I've seen hell and it's a Chinese hospital
Fish heads and Christmas plans
On the set of my latest show
Go home, Whitey!
A not very successful job interview in Chongqing
Thoughts on the Old Summer Palace
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