Overdeveloping China creates speculation and elitist markets

With all the huffing, puffing, moaning and yelping about international debt crises, one has got ask how China is maintaining its frantic "building binge." Today, the GlobalPost published my analysis of the current infrastructure and property development problems in China, notably in urban centers such as Shanghai and Chongqing. This story began its life during …

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Goofed up Translations from The Manchurian’s Menu

Before making my grand exit out of Shanghai, I decided it was more than necessary to revisit The Manchurian, or Dongbei Ren (东北人), a chain of atavistic eateries that perfume a potent Mao-era ambiance.  While I love the nostalgic decor and variety of northeastern dishes (the medley of fried mushrooms comes to mind), the real …

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Frogs jump back into the news, and this time with cholera

I’ve been monitoring an increased amount of traffic the past two weeks coming to a post of mine about the illegal trade of wild frogs in Shanghai. The spike of interest in frogs instantly got me thinking that a possible story was brewing, and, sure enough, the inclination was well-founded. A report published on June …

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10 Traditional Chinese Medicine Exercises to Promote Longevity

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can be a bewildering science to make sense out of, and not just for foreigners. Prescriptions offered by TCM gurus are increasingly thought of as archaic to today's younger Chinese, but perhaps that's because they're not old enough yet to soak up the real benefits of the practice. Catching myself at …

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VPNs: Not a Guarantee to Internet Access

When reporting on a story, I typically know that I’m working with an alluring narrative when I suddenly start unearthing new, unexpected topics in the midst of research. There is a boost of adrenaline that comes from the intellectual discovery, which in turn propels the story forward. That’s how a lot of my stories in …

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