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Thursday, June 8, 2017

China Stories | An Unexpected Party

In China, there's a fascinating phenomenon I call the "Unexpected Party Effect," which almost exclusively occurs when a foreigner goes out into a less-traveled place in a small town without many foreigners or out in the countryside where there are no foreigners. When off the beaten path, you'll have some unexpected invitations and meet some new people you'd never have met otherwise! And here are just two examples of the many I have experienced:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Visiting Longchi Village: A Poignant Reminder of the Wenchuan Earthquake

What started as an innocent enough daytrip to Longchi Village just north of Dujiangyan turned into a much more eerie and contemplative time than I expected.

It turns out that not everyone and everything is all well and good in some areas after the Wenchuan Earthquake struck....even ten years later. I was quite sad during some parts of this tour, and I'm not really sure how I feel about making a video about it.

Your thoughts?

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