Archive for July, 2013

Chinese National Treasures

July 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

Everyone seems to be moving faster than I am this morning in Wuhan. Everyone except the very old woman walking in front of the coffee shop one half-step at a time. Rain is coming, and it is very hot and humid. I had a rough night with GI problems, so I’m thankful just to be out and about without any “incidents,” shall we say. I do feel slow, and I can’t figure out if it’s just me, or if the locals are actually moving with more purpose than they were … More »

Building a New China

July 15, 2013 | 5 Comments

I took a walk this morning near East Lake to eat my breakfast (an egg boiled in tea, a savory bun, and warm soymilk). I sat on a stone wall and watched a fisherman and some grandparents walking with their grandson. I was approached by a reporter from a local TV station, Zhou Zhao of HBTV. She asked me questions about East Lake, which is a large, beautiful lake just a few minutes’ walking distance from my hotel on Wuhan University campus. She told me Hubei Province has more than … More »

China and the “First World”

July 14, 2013 | 1 Comment

Today it rained in Wuhan, and it’s 90 degrees. Quite a respite from yesterday’s high of 102. I’m back in my favorite little coffee shop, Figaro. It’s actually the only coffee shop I know how to get to, but it works for me. The market I love so much was demolished the day I left for Nanjing. The American teachers who stayed behind in Wuhan told me a guy came in the next morning in jeans and a polo shirt with a sledgehammer, and just started smashing windows even as … More »

WC Chinese-Style

July 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

I’m back in Wuhan, and the high today will be 101 degrees. It’s only 10am, and already it is incredibly hot, humid, and still. Few places around here have air-conditioning, so when you leave somewhere cool, you must be prepared with water, an umbrella, a fan, and low expectations. It is amazing to me that in this heat people are still walking around, visiting with friends, sitting on little stools fanning themselves, and just generally hanging out. In the US, you would never see people outside on a day like … More »

Ancient Chinese City Secrets

July 12, 2013 | 4 Comments

I spent today touring Nanjing, China, with two friends. So hot and humid. That’s normal for southern China, so I’ll not go on about the weather. We drank lots of water and fresh juices and sought shelter in an air conditioned restaurant for lunch. I met Xiaolong when he visited my school, EIU, for a year as a visiting scholar. Guanwei is an artist I met at Vermont Studio Center several years ago. Great companions in this amazing, ancient city. This post will be brief because I’m on a borrowed computer using intermittent wifi.

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