In the Mongolian Grasslands

In this 1986 interview, an Australian student of Chinese talks about traveling to off-limits areas of China, about tensions between the Han Chinese and the minorities and about making friends.

Finding Contentment in Mainland China

This is a July 2011 interview with a Canadian in his mid-fifties who is now teaching English in the People’s Republic of China after teaching for a while in Taipei. He discusses the surprises he discovered, touches a bit on working conditions in both places and explains why he is more content in China than he was back in Canada.

Last Days in China, Part 1

Half a year after the 1989 Tiananmen Square Uprising, Harriet Adams, a graduate student doing research on the student movements in China and Korea, gave a talk on the pro-democracy movement to members of the Royal Asiatic Society—Korea Branch. It was a well put-together, impassioned but academically correct lecture. It made me very curious about the personal story behind the footnotes, particularly as I couldn’t help but noticing the affection Harriet and her Chinese husband clearly had for each other. Harriet agreed to an interview, which took place a few weeks later in her room near her university. “Both of …

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