Welcome to Turning East.
This website features oral histories–that is, recorded interviews which were edited to be read but also to retain the language of the individual storyteller, whose name was often changed to preserve her or his privacy. I started collecting these stories after I arrived in China in 1984. Almost all are set in China, Korea, Japan or the Philippines and center on different topics: religion, commerce, education, home life, economics, politics, health care and life on the road. Occasionally I include a story of my own. There are now 125, indexed on the next page. (Please check out the index by clicking at the upper right. If an item looks interesting, check the publication date, then click that date in the archives). I’m posting roughly every two weeks, so please visit regularly, or better yet…
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