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Saving Face: How One Pioneering Surgeon is Pushing the Limits of Facial Transplants

[Read full story in Smithsonian.com] His reconstructed faces have tongues that taste and eyelids that blink. But will they withstand the test of time? [Dec. 9, 2016] There have been…

Inhuman Atrocities

The Asian Bucket List II. Harbin in Sun, Ice and Blood

Harbin, Manchuria:  Officials here seem reluctant to spotlight the Japanese germ warfare scientists and what they did to thousands of local inhabitants here in 1932 and beyond. Perhaps that’s the…

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The Asian Bucket List

I realize I never finished the story of Harbin, which I visited nearly a year ago. It began with my need to research this icy Russian-Jewish-Chinese enclave in Manchuria, home…

Freedom on Lake Davidson

Just two blocks from my Charleston-style home on Bridges Farm Rd., I plunge almost every day into Lake Davidson, the horseshoe-shaped lake with the gooey clay bottom. On sunny days,…

A Memory on the Occasion of Putting Animals to Sleep

You think about the pit mix who was young once along with your children. They were all of a piece. The dog with the pointy ears and pink and black…

An illuminated ice palace at Ice & Snow World, Harbin, China

Harbin through Blue Eyes

January 11, 2016.  As I stepped off the train at Harbin West station after an eight hour train ride across the Manchurian flatlands from Beijing, the station was moist and…

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Sunrise at Borobudur

  Yogyakarta in Central Java, Indonesia is a hidden jewel, the seat of Borobudur, the oldest Buddhist temple in the world. I was there two weeks ago at 5 AM,…

The Russian delegation in Indonesia breaks into loud applause for songs, dances, and poetry - in near perfect Russian -- by the Indonesian students

A Great Russian-Ukrainian-Indonesian Debate!

Great Cold War debates happen in the most unlikely of places.  West Java, Indonesia, March 26.  Today I’m invited to a very dressy event.  A Russian Ambassador to Indonesia along with…

Young undergrads on a first photoshoot.  Cynthia (in Hijab) wears jeans and boy's sneakers; Lisa, from North Sumatra (the tall girl to Cynthia's left) is a Christian.  They're all eager to become journalists and write about Indonesia's future.

To be a Fashion Plate, Wear the Hijab

It’s been three weeks so chock full of Indonesian experience.  Each day new lectures, close encounters with medical and comm students, children, security guards, cooks, geophysicists, random athletes and mop-haired…

From Jakarta to Bandung to Jatinagor

March 4 2015:   First jet lagged impressions… It’s been quite a trip to Bandung, Indonesia: a 24 hour unexpected furlough in Japan, arrival at midnight in Jakarta, strange languages,…