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Waxing Nostalgic

August 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

I received an email this week from Fiona, my colleague that I worked with to get the teaching job in China.  She emailed to let me know that it has been 10 years this week since I first arrived in China. 10.years.  It’s hard to believe that I answered an ad in craigslist for a teaching job in China, got the job, got the visa, travelled to China and became a teacher for a year.  Harder to believe that was 10 years ago.  This has been the busiest decade of my life.  I taught in China, met my wife in China, travelled, got Married in Germany, worked for Microsoft, had a son, got more jobs, bought a house, had another son and here we are. The decision to go to China was an easy one– provided the whole thing wasn’t some kind of sham.  Answering an ad on craigslist hardly seemed like a secure way to get a teaching job in China, but I remember I was at work at AT&T (where I work now… Oh, […]

A look back at 5 years ago

June 25, 2013 // 1 Comment

This week, my wife and I are celebrating 5 years of marriage together.  At times we both forget just how much we went through to be together.  We met in Beijing, in the most beautiful hostel that I think either of us had ever stayed in– The Red Lantern. She was staying there with a group of friends, I was there with my good friend Billy and his wife Virgia.  We had been touring China from Hong Kong up and were a little weary from the long journey.  We had a plan to stay the night at the Red Lantern and then head up and spend the night on the Great Wall of China.  I had managed to arrange through the Chinese network the chance to do an overnight on the Wall and we jumped at the opportunity. Except that I met Lili the night before– and had seen something very special in her.  To make a long story short, I decided to let Billy and Virgia have a romantic night […]

Would-Be Protesters Detained in China

August 19, 2008 // 0 Comments

Would-Be Protesters Detained in China By ANDREW JACOBS Published: August 18, 2008 BEIJING — When Gao Chuancai slipped into the capital last week hoping to stage a one-man rally against corruption in his village in northeast China, he knew his chances of success were slim. During his decade-long crusade, Mr. Gao, a 45-year-old farmer from Heilongjiang Province, had been jailed a dozen times. Two beatings by the police left him with broken bones and shattered his teeth, he said, but did little to temper his drive. The government’s recent announcement that preapproved protests would be allowed at three sites during the Olympic Games gave him a wisp of hope. Two weeks ago he mailed in his application, and last week he came to Beijing to follow up. During a visit to the Public Security Bureau on Wednesday, the police interviewed him for an hour and then told him to return in five days for his answer. “They’ll probably arrest me when I go back,” he said afterward. Mr. Gao did not have […]


August 17, 2008 // 0 Comments

I have been keeping quiet about the Olympics on the blog for a reason. I really didn’t want to make any judgements or comments about the games or the Chinese until I had enough time to really think about it. Firstly, I think that the Chinese have really managed to pull off quite the show, if you watch the games from a strictly NBC perspective. There have been a lot of different things happening with the Olympics that beg investigation, yet NBC is probably not going to lead these discussions because they have so much at stake with the coverage. Here is a short list of issues: 1. The opening ceremonies were doctored slightly to give a more impressive feeling overall. I find this to be interesting as the computer imaging didn’t really need to happen, but the Chinese were sure to go as over the top as possible. 2. The gymnastics controversy–the Chinese gymnasts are suppose to be 16 in order to compete in the events, but there are a lot […]

No live TV from Tiananmen for Olympics

March 22, 2008 // 0 Comments

China: No live TV from Tiananmen for OlympicsBy Charles Hutzler The Associated PressBEIJING — Don’t expect to turn on your TV during the Beijing Olympics and see live shots of Tiananmen Square, where Chinese troops crushed pro-democracy protests nearly two decades ago. Apparently unnerved by recent unrest among Tibetans and fearful of protests in the heart of the capital, China has told broadcast officials it will bar live television shots from the vast square during the Games. A ban on live broadcasts would disrupt the plans of NBC and other major international networks, who have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to broadcast the Aug. 8-24 Games and are counting on eye-pleasing live shots from the iconic square. The rethinking of Beijing’s earlier promise to broadcasters comes as the government has poured troops into Tibetan areas wracked by anti-government protests this month and stepped up security in cities, airports and entertainment venues far from the unrest. In another sign of the government’s unease, 400 American Boy Scouts who had been promised they […]

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