Following the events in Iraq from a vantage point outside of the United States has given me an interesting perspective on the events both in the Middle East and in the US. While I might have a better understanding of what the international community is saying, I sometimes feel that I am not overly connectedContinue reading “Iraq Hits Home”
Today’s sign of the POST-NATIONAL: Who says we’re not all connected? The front page of Indonesia’s largest daily newspaper displays nothing other than the giant pig, the babi raksasa, that was caught back in the ol’ USA. Seorang Bocah Melumpuhkan Babi Monster Link to the Original Story: giant pig kompas article MONTGOMERY, SABTU – SeorangContinue reading “Alabama’s Giant Pig, In Indonesian”
The Price of Kunming’s “New Image” As the municipal government works towards its goal of making Kunming a MingHuaCheng, a cultural icon, a model city, a simple walk down the street for a bowl of noodles displays some of the dramatic changes taking place. The constant presence of people selling things on the side ofContinue reading “A Day in Kunming”
Talk to almost any foreigner that has spent any time here in the Chinese city of Kunming and the very special nature of this moment in the province of Yunnan will be clear. Nearly every foreigner that I know here has, is, or has considered teaching English as a part or even full time jobContinue reading “This Moment in Yunnan”
In line with what I’ve come to believe about Indonesia, this New York Times article talks about the importance, the growing importance of the country in global affairs. “Indonesia courts role as peacemaker in the Muslim world”
If you didn’t know that Kunming was hosting the largest Games for the Disabled event in the entire country of China, you would probably be wondering why the local restaurants are all of a sudden over-crowded and the streets are even more frustratingly congested than normal. It has been a very interesting few days inContinue reading “Special Olympics in Kunming”
If it’s not hard news, it’s a good and an important story to tell. If it doesn’t have a major impact on national economies or foreign affairs, it certainly makes all the difference in the world to at least a few.
Not to be redundant, but the development of modern China is at once unprecidented and difficult to fully comprehend. While much of what the country is experiencing is unprecedented, the expansion of the country’s influence and relationships, domestically, regionally, and internationally, is harnessing methods proven effective by empires through the ages. Yunnan, the SouthWestern provinceContinue reading “Age of Empires – Road in the Sky”