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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,…

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…

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,…

Chungking Mansions (student video)

What I Meant to Tell you about Mongolia

What I Meant to Tell You About Mongolia Hello friends and family– Chapter 1: Mongolia. After waiting in Beijing Capital Airport October 1 for 18 hours for a flight to…

Zero Tolerance, Zero Intelligence

Philadelphia Inquirer 05-13-2003 Zero Tolerance Zero Intelligence By Arielle Emmett NETHER PROVIDENCE – About a month ago my 13 year-old son took a swing at a sixth grader who yelled…

The Chinese Glass Menagerie

In Beijing this past November, my creative writing class read Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. It’s a play about family abandonment, the interactions and spoiled dreams of an American mother…

To Lijiang on the Road to Tibet

  On the outskirts of Lijiang, Yunnan Province, Wu Ka Meng “reads” the  Naxi pictographs outside Da Baoji temple May 31, 2012, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China: When we boarded the…