CHINA & BEYOND

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…

Chungking Mansions (student video)

Village Democracy Spreads the Wealth

A 2012 article on studies of village democracy in China, published in the popular China blog, ChinaGeeks: by Arielle Emmett (aemmettphd@gmail.com) Last December’s spectacular ten-day confrontation between Wukan villagers and…

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…

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…

In Beijing and Shanghai: Feasts and Leftovers

  February 17 — Shanghai Bund.   My 33 year old friend Wang Qian is one of the best feasts of human nature that I have encountered in China. Call…

‘Remains of the Grains’ — Dynasty dolls in Xian are all faces in the dust, reminding me of what I should leave behind in my own afterlife

Bin Ma Yong, a Terra Cotta Warrior, Tomb #3. Photo by Arielle Emmett (c) Arielle Emmett *No photos or text reproduced without permission. In Xian yesterday I made a clean…