Index by Topic

Contents

Books/Writing/Photography

1.1  Philippines

1.2  Korea

Business/Working

2.1  Philippines

2.2   Korea

2.3  Japan

2.4 China

Education/Language learning/Research

3.1  Philippine

3.2  Korea

3.3  Japan

3.4 China

3.5  Middle East

3.6  Elsewhere in Asia

Health care

4.1  Philippines

4.2  Korea and Japan

4.3  China

4.4 Japan

Human rights/Politics

5.1  Philippines

5.2  Korea

5.3 China6 Lifestyles

Lifestyles

6.1  Philippines

6.2  Korea

Music

7.1  Philippines

7.2  China

Offering help

8.1  Philippines

8.2  Korea

Photo essays

9.1  Philippines

9.2  Korea

9.3  China

10  Relationships

10.1  Korea

      10.2  Korea and Japan

10.3  Japan

11  Religious or spiritual practices

11.1  Philippines

      11.2  Japan

11.3  China

12  Transitions/Cultural differences

12.1  Philippines

12.2  Philippines and Korea

12.3  Korea

12.4  Japan

12.5  China

12.6  Elsewhere

13  Travel

13.1  Philippines

13.3  China

13.4  Elsewhere in Asia

 

Book signing

Books/Writing/Photography

 Philippines A Remarkable Journey with Light and Sound April 2. 2017  Richie Quirino, author of The Amen Vibration.
Donna Miscolta, Author of Hola and Goodbye February 17 A short story collection of Mexican-American immigrants.
A Memoirist of the Marcos Years. Part 1 December 31. 2016 Susan Quimpo, Subversive Lives
A Memoirist of the Marcos Years, Part 2 December 31. 2016 Susan Quimpo, Subversive Lives
Launching The Rise of the Pinoy July 7, 2016 Motivational/self-help; entrepreneurs on  their projects
A Filipino Graphic Novelist June 22, 2016 Comics scene in the author’s work and the Philippines
The Workshops of Filipino Screenwriter Ricky Lee February 28, 2016 Celebrated writer and influential teacher on his workshops
Seize the Moment July 2, 2015 A photographer on capturing what’s there
Corregidor at the Mouth of Manila Bay September 30, 2015 The island and its place in war history
Writer, Lawyer, Literary Agent, Part 1 January 13, 2015 Andrea Pasion-Flores on her developing career.
 Writer, Lawyer, Literary Agent, Part 2 January 28, 2015 The short story collection For Love and Kisses
The Ones Who Leave and the Ones Who Get Left March 15, 2013 Lysley Tenorio’s short story collection, Monstress
The Author of When the de la Cruz Family Danced January 4, 2012 Novel of Filipino-American family in southern California
The Author of Astigirl May 3, 2011 Coming-of-age memoir
Seize the Moment July 2, 2015 Photography
Korea Evolution of an Intercultural Text– March 9, 2017 Downloadable textbook for Korean students of English
David Mason, Promoting Traditional Korean Culture March 17, 2013. Life and works
Author Interview on Krys Lee’s How I Became a North Korean November 21, 2016 Novel based on activism for North Koreans
Stories of Korea and Koreans, Well Told November 13, 2013 Krys Lee’s short story collection, Drifting House.
Listening to Famine in North Korea December 21, 2011 Anthropology,  interviews with famine survivors
The Dreams Man September 11, 2010 (interview in 1994) Jeremy Seligson, Korean Birth Dreams

Revolutionary changes

Business/Working

Philippines From Academia to Video Games and Beyond May 23, 2012 Academic vs. capitalist employment
Rise and Fall in a Filipino Market December 30, 2010 Selling fruit in Marikina Market
Korea Twenty Years in and out of Korea May 24, 2013 Improvements in Korea and the speaker himself
More Than One Right Way, Part 1 February 18, 20011 (interview in 1994) Banking in Korea
More Than One Right Way, Part 2 February 24, 2011 (interview in 1994) Banking in Korea
More Than One Right Way, Part 3 March 3, 2011 (interview in 1994) Banking in Korea
Lady Luck Helps Make Changes, Part 1 July 4 (interviews in 1995) An expat on confronting the employees united against him
Lady Luck Helps Make Changes, Part 2 July 11 (interviews in 1995). Another expat executive on the hierarchical office structure
Two Women in the Korean Workplace June 6, 2010 (interviews in 2000 and 2002 Experiences in the workplace
Working with Women Workers May 23, 2010 (Interview around 1990) Ministry to female factory workers
Japan Cindy Starts a Business in Japan October 13, 2016 A former in-house lawyer starts a language services business
A Question of Trust in Japan April 4, 2011 Experience in the computer programming business
China Caught in the Middle January 19, 2013 (interview 1986) An interpreter-trainer caught between the Chinese and Hong Kong/Westerners.
No Gold-Plated Chopsticks August 16, 2012 (interview in 1986) Liaising for foreign businesses

 

The Last Contract March 4, 2010 (interview in 1986). A builder’s frustrations
In and around a Chinese Shipyard September 15, 2009 (interview in 1985) Building luxury yachts with impoverished workers

 

In a Japanese classroom

Education/Language learning/Research 

Philippines Shining up Your English for the Call Center July 31, 2011 Training, including accent polishing
Korea International Kids, Part 1 October 21, 2015 Differences between a private international school in Seoul and the student’s  school in Texas
International Kids, Part 2 November 10, 2015. His sister with similar and different comparisons
Misspelling “Embarrassed” in Korea August 20, 2015 A teacher’s working conditions
From Adjunct Faculty to Korean Faculty March 1, 2015 Move from the US to Korea
Teaching Liberal Arts in Korea, Part 1 January 14, 2015 A classics scholar at Underwood College at Yonsei University
Teaching Liberal Arts in Korea, Part 2 February 6, 2015 A classics scholar at Underwood College at Yonsei University
Korea, Where the Living is Easy August 15, 2014 Teaching in an elementary school and teaching future flight attendants at a university
Korea Forty Years Later February 16, 2014 A former Peace Corps Volunteer on then and now
Moving On, Part 4 September 30, 2013. My teaching in a private, for-profit language school
Teaching in Kangnam, Seoul February 2, 2013 At a middle school
Moving On, Part 5 October 16, 2013 Me at a Dongguk University, language and culture
A Lecturer in South Korea August 3, 2012 A comparison of US and Korea working experience
Sitting above the Green Elephant, Part 1 October 9, 2010 Me at the same Buddhist university, language, culture and textbook wriging
Sitting above the Green Elephant, Part 2 November 19, 2010 Many years at the Buddhist university
How to Succeed at Languages without Really Trying January 30, 2010 My best student on teaching himself the language and culture
Japan A Year and a Half in Japan December 24, 2014 ESL in a cram school and a high school
Inside and Outside the Japanese Classroom June 7, 2013 (interview in 2006) ESL to Japanese at home and in the US
China Moving On, Part 3 September 13, 2013 My experience
Four Chinese Cities, Part 1 August 16, 2012 Teaching English in Shenyang and Zhengzhou
Four Chinese Cities, Part 2 September 13, 2012 Teaching in Shanghai
Four Chinese Cities, Part 3 September 27, 2012 Teaching in Shenzhen
Asking Questions of Chinese Women March 12, 2012 (interview in 1986) ). Research on the status of women
First Year, Second Year July 24, 2010 Me on teaching at Xiamen University in 1984-86
Middle East Bouncing around the Middle East, Part 1 September 9, 2014 Teaching in Kuwait
  Bouncing around the Middle East, Part 2 November 4, 2014 Teaching in Oman
  Bouncing around the Middle East, Part 3 November 19, 2014 Teaching on the West Bank
  Toughing It Out, Part 1 July 9, 2013 Teaching in Saudi Arabia.
Elsewhere in Asia EFL in Afghanistan, Part 1 September 11. 2017 A private university in Kabul and a public university in Herat
  EFL in Afghanistan, Part 2 September 11. 2017 Girls’ education and research on distance education
  A Teacher in Rural Thailand June 1, 2014 A contented American

A good physical therapist

Health care

Philippines Having “Urgent” but not”Emergency” Surgery in the Philippines, Part 1 April 1, 2015 Excellent care in Manila, but with a few cultural difficulties
  Having “Urgent” but not “Emergency” Surgery in the Philippines, Part 2 April 15, 2015 Struggles with the US health insurance provider
  BodyTalk in the Philippines May 11, 2013 A practitioner on Body Talk Access
  The Eye Thing November 4, 2010 Me on having Lucentis injections for macular degeneration
Korea and Japan An Unintended Adventure December 10, 2016 Life after a terrible accident
 Japan
 Having a Baby in Japan  October 31, 2017  Comparison of services in Japan and Australia
China Robert’s Appendix August 26, 2009 (Interview in 1896) An appendectomy under local anesthetic
Galang

Human rights/Politics

Philippines From a Squatters’ Village to a Housing Project February 3, 2014 Involuntary relocation
Galang = Respect for Filipina Lesbians, Part 1 December 1, 2015 An NGO on living situations , the law and movement for change
Galang = Respect for Filipina Lesbians, Part 2 December 23, 2015 More from the head of the NGO
Sunshine Joe through Our Eyes March 15. 2014 Aida Aspiras and Imelda Marcos on Marcos’s press secretary, Joe Aspiras
Scrap Pork December 10, 2013 Network against  corruption
Portrait of a Filipina Feminist, Part 1 February 2, 2013 Story of a political activist
Portrait of a Filipina Feminist, Part 2 February 17, 2013 Reproductive Health Bill
A Writer on Sexual Health, Part 1 July 6, 2011 Issues of  sexuality in this very Catholic country
A Writer on Sexual Health, Part 1 July 18, 2011
Filipine Reproductive Health Bill, Part 1 June 8, 2011 Why the bill  is necessary
Filipine Reproductive Health Bill, Part 2 June 21, 2011 A proponent satirizes the opposition
Sunshine Joe through Our Eyes March 15, 2014 Jose Aspiras as seen by  his daughter Aida and Imelda Marcos
Korea A South Korean Prisoner of Conscience January 31, 2012 A student demonstration leads to 18 months in prison
Looking Back, Part 1 September 29, 2011 (interview in 2007 A banker on arriving in Seoul the day after Park Chung-hee was shot and the police state
Looking Back, Part 2 October 14, 2011 (interview in 2007) A Catholic priest on the KCIA, the assassination of Park Chung-hee and the take-over by Chun Doo-hwan and the Kwangju massacre
Looking Back, Part 3 September 29 and October 14, 2011 (interview in 2007) A professor of English and former Peace Corps volunteer on his encounters with the military dictatorship
A View of the Korean Women’s Movement June 20, 2010 (interview in 2001 with supplements) A professor of women’s studies and others.

 

A Priest’s View of Human Rights in Korea May 9, 2010 (interview in 1989). The military dictatorships of Park Chung-hee and Chun Doo-hwan
A Skeptic’s View of the Korean Student Movement April 25, 2010 (interview around 1991). An American student’s perspective
China Last Days in China, Part 1 August 17, 2011 (interview in 1990) a student of Sino-American relations on the 1989 pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square
Last Days in China, Part 2 September 9, 2011 (interview in 1990).
In a Chinese “Model Village” December 17, 2009 (interview in 1986) My look at at the new Responsibility System in 1986

Boneless bangus

Lifestyles

Philippines Filipino Squatters’ Tales, Part 1 December 6, 2012 Living  with the threat of demolition.
Filipino Squatters’ Tales, Part 2 January 22, 2011 Another home, living conditions and fears
Filipino Food January 22, 2011 Iloilo with Filipino friends, plus a recipe
Korea In the Bathhouse November 12, 2011 (interview in 1989 Experiences of a young Englishwoman bathhouse.

 

Korean Births, Deaths and Marriages September 24, 2010 (interview in 1997) Observations of a Catholic priest
Confucian Ways of Life and Death.

 

January 17, 2010 (interview in 1989). Deference  and traditional funeral practices
At a Village Wedding August 5. 2009 Traveling north and  observing the wedding
Skarlet Brown (Myra Ruaro)

 Music

Philippines Baihana’s First Album September 23, 2016 Mel Torre’s update on the group’s success
A Filipina Jazz Singer in Japan, Manila and Hong Kong April 22, 2016. The singer on the yakusa, men bearing gifts and audiences.
A Filipino Jazz Musician and Jazz Journalist September 8, 2015 Richie Quirino, author of the documentary Pinoy Jazz.
Benefit for a Filipino Musician August 5, 2015 Heart of Music, an NGO  for musicians needing medical care
Jireh Calo, A Filipina Musician on Her Way February 14, 2015 A student at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.
A Filipina Vocal Group at Tago Jazz Cafe December 3, 2014 Baihana, as individuals and as a group
The Only Place for Jazz in the Philippines September 4 2014) Jazz club owner on  non-commercial jazz
China Mother and Musician, Part 2 March 26, 2011 (interview in 1986) Performing American folk music in China

 

Little boy gets stuff.

Offering Help

Philippines Filipino Volunteers Help the Disadvantaged March 29, 2016 At the Go Volunteer Expo
Making Donations in Rural Zambales July 18, 2015 The soup kitchen man on donations to a remote elementary school and  church
Puzzle Gourmet Store and Cafe, Serving a Special Need May 31, 2015 Employment and therapy for people with autism and Downs Syndrome
Love Surge for Haiyan/Yolanda Victims October 20, 2014 . A celebration of survival with a book, song, poems and inventions
The Man behind the Soup Kitchen, Part 1 April 15, 2014 A mission to feed the poor
The Man behind the Soup Kitchen, Part 2 April 29, 2014 A mission to feed the poor
Among Filipino Mountain Tribes January 20, 2014 Theatrical exercises and native myths among  tribes
Skateboarding in the Philippines January 6, 2014 Supporting skateboarding facilities  for the poor
A Marine in Tacloban December 23, 2013 A US Marine on the relief effort after Typhoon Yolanda
A Family Journey to Tacloban and Leyte November 27, 2013 After Yolanda, three family members check on relatives
At a Filipino Soup Kitchen July 3, 2012 A photo essay of shopping, cooking, waiting and distributing food
A Personal Crusade March 29, 2012 Feed the homeless and making donations to local schools
Korea

 

Becoming Useful February 3, 2014 A Korean-American neurosurgeon on training surgeons in developing countries

BASECO children

Photo essays

Philippines Photos of BASECO on Manila Bay August 28, 2016 (photos from 2007). Bob Barton’s photos of a squatter community
Hanging Out in Tagaytay March 31. 2013 Some spots in Tagaytay
Korea A Winter Walk up Gyoungju’s South Mountain January 11, 2010 (Photos from the 1990,) Confucian tombs and Buddhist images
A Photo Tour of Bulguk Temple February 22, 2010 Kyongju area Buddhist temple, one of the three most famous in Korea
China A Walk in a Chinese Port Town August 19, 2009 Xiamen, Fujian in 1985
Family black and white party

Relationships

Korea Korea and the Reluctant Expat Male June 6, 2012 (interview in 1989) An American s confrontations with Korean sexual mores
American Wife, Korean Husband, Part 1 February 7, 2010 (interview in 1988). The wife on cultural differences inside her marriage

 

American Wife, Korean Husband, Part 2 February 13, 2010 (interview in 1992). Another woman on cultural differences inside a marriage
Korea and Japan What Went Right and What Didn’t, Part 1 November 9, 2012 Marriage, work and cultural adjustment
Japan What Went Right and What Didn’t, Part 1 November 9, 2012 Marriage, work and cultural adjustment
A Family Man in Japan June 26, 2013 A British freelance translator takes about marriage, children and contentment
My First Japanese Family January 17, 2012 An American woman on the the extended family of her first Japanese husband
Altar at Chogye Temple in Seoul

Religious/spiritual Practice

Philippines A Monk from the Matayog Health and Wellness Center September 29, 2017 A “universal monk” with Hindu training on practice and behavior
  Synchronicity April 14, 2013 A Filipino on his practice  of Tibetan Buddhism and his trip to India
  The First Heal-Om Festival October 26, 2012 Photo essay of an event on healing, spirituality, natural products and disaster survival
  First 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat April 29, 2012 Me on the retreat and a comparison with temple stays in Korea
  The Korean Mountain Spirit April 27, 2013 The spirit  and its connection with spiritual/religious practices
  A Meditation Teacher’s Last Talk April 15, 2012 A Buddhist monk on meditation and finding one’s path in life
  Buddhism at a Cultural Intersection February 7, 2011 (interview in 1992) A Buddhist Center to teach foreigners about Korean Buddhism
  The Man behind “Spiritpower,” Part 1 December 10, 2010 A former Buddhist monk on the meditation process
  The Man behind “Spiritpower,” Part 2 December 18, 2010
  An Apprentice Temple Painter December 6, 2009 (interview in 1992). How he learned his craft

 

  A Look at Korean Shamanism November 23, 2009 (interview in 1993) An anthropologist on Korean shamanism
Japan Japanese-style Meditation Practice February 13, 2012 (interview in 2005) Meditation in Japan and outside San Francisco
China A Monk’s Tale January 5, 2010 (interview in 1986) a Buddhist monk in Hong Kong on his ordination, life, and trip to the PRC

Illusion.

Transitions/Cultural differences

Philippines From Metro Manila to Cavite Province, Part 1 May 4, 2017 My my move to Tagaytay.
From Metro Manila to Cavite Province, Part 2 June 1, 2017 Adjusting to life in the province
Moving On, Part 6 October 31, 2013 My decision to retire in the Philippines
A Charmed Life January 3, 2013 One form of expat lifestyle
Becoming an Expat November 13, 2012 A civil engineer finds here what he could not find at home
The Last Big Move July 19, 2012 My 2007 move from Seoul to Quezon City, Metro Manila
The Great Flood, Part 1- October 11, 2009 Our experience of Typhoon Ondoy
 The Great Flood, Part 2 October 19, 2009 What we lost and what we gained
The Great Flood, Part 3 October 22, 2010 A follow-up a year later
Philippines and Korea

 

The Best of Three Worlds, Part 1 July 1, 2014 A Filipina on her life in the Philippines, in Korea, and in the US
The Best of Three Worlds, Part 2 July 4, 2014 A continuation of the story
Korea A Vision List August 4. 2016 The changes in a woman’s life before and after  moving to Korea.
Silvia Wilson Moves to South Korea (a memorial post of “A Mainer Goes to South Korea” March 28, 2014 and November 29, 2010 Finding employment and contentment in Korea.

 

Return to Korea June 20, 2012 My feelings on a trip to Seoul
Military Linguists, Part 1 March 29, 2010 (interview in 1995) A serviceman fluent in Korean discuss his life in  Korea and his  wife’s life as a Korean orphan
Military Linguists, Part 2 April 5, 2010 (interview around 1995) Culture shock, language and cultural differences with his Korean girlfriend. .

 

Military Linguists, Part 3 April 12, 2010 (interviews around 1995 Cultural differences—an American and a Korean in the US and ROK armies
An Irishman’s Culture Shock January 24, 2010 (interview in 1992 Personal and work experiences of a long-time resident.

 

The Story of a Korean War Baby October 27, 2009 (interview in 1999 Life of a Korean and-African-American woman
Japan From Japan to North America, Reverse Culture Shock October 31, 2016 Returning from three stints in Japan, totaling twelve years
Almost a Japanese Housewife May 11, 2012 An Australian on her life in Japan
China “Mafan” or Chinese Hassles “Mafan” or Chinese Hassles Two bizarre, everyday happenings in China.
On the Court in Xiamen, China November 27, 2011 (interviews in 1986). Two tall foreign students on playing basketball on university teams.

 

Finding Contentment in Mainland China September 16, 2011 A Canadian on teaching English in China
An Englishman in the People’s Republic, Part 1 April 23, and 24, 2011 (interview in 1986) A foreign student on sex, sexual repression and lack of privacy in the PRC
An Englishman in the People’s Republic, Part 2 May 17, 2011 (interview in 1986) The student on food, drink and hashish.

 

An Englishman in the People’s Republic, Part 3 May 24, 2011 (interview in 1986) The student’s experience with health care
Mother and Musician, Part 1 March 18, 2011 (interview in 1986). The mother of a white baby interacts with curious Chinese
At the Friendship Hotel 2010 (interview in 1986). Foreign ghetto life in Beijing in 1979-80
Elsewhere Moving On, Part 1 August 11, 2013 My life in the US and in Europe.
Moving On, Part 2 August 24, 2013 My life in the US and in Europe.
Toughing It Out, Part 2 July 23, 2013. Staying in Nepal after the theft of money and passport
Tibetans on the truck

Travel

Philippines Journey to the Philippines, Part 1–May 15, 2016 May 15, 2016 (guest post) A trip to the author’s birthplace and childhood home
Journey to the Philippines, Part 2–June 3, 2016. June 3, 2016 Returned for a wedding and more family history
Following the Plan through Southeast Asia, Part 2 May 17, 2014 Finding love and fulfillment
China The Traveling Economist, Part 1 August 8, 2010 (interview in 1986). Business, the black market and assorted thieving
The Traveling Economist, Part 2 August 14, 2010 (interview in 1986 Traveling  and talking to people  under harsh conditions
In the Mongolian Grasslands December 10, 2011 (interview in 1986) Traveling in minority and off-limits areas
The Second Journey into Tibet March 17, 2010 (interview in 1986) A long journey on the back of a truck with 23 Tibetans, following Alexandra David-Neel
In Xinjiang on the Old Silk Road September  28, 2009 (Interview in 1986) Tensions between the Uighur population and the Han government
Elsewhere in Asia Following the Plan through Southeast Asia, Part 1 May 1, 2014 Misadventures in Asia
  In Indonesia among the Damudani July 7, 2017 Encounters with a remote tribe in the highlands