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Letter from China: From dumplings to Gossip Girls

Aug 14, 2008

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 14, 2008 - My favorite restaurant here in Beijing is nestled inconspicuously between my hotel and the closest subway stop. I don't even know the name of this place because the sign is written in Chinese characters, but I do know that it serves delicious dumplings for 5 yuan. It was here that a friend and I ran into a lively French-speaking Chinese diplomat. We had ventured into the restaurant at 10 p.m. for a late dinner of dumplings, but chance led us to an enjoyable cultural exchange.

The Lens: Damming with faint praise

Aug 12, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 12, 2008 - The new documentary "Up the Yangtze," now playing at the Tivoli, tells the human side of the largest hydroelectric project in the world, China's Three Gorges Dam. It is written and directed by a Chinese-Canadian, Yung Chang, whose grandfather told him stories of the old China. Though a real eye-opener, it falls well short of its potential.

Letter from China: Working on the Olympics

Jul 30, 2008
Photo provided by Rachel Kurowski

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 30, 2008 - I came to Beijing July 5 to work at the Olympics as one of 300 English-speaking volunteers,  all of whom are students of journalism. My job is in the office of the Agence-France Presse in the Olympic Village's press center.

Webster U. professor tracks colleagues in China quake

May 14, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The first news of the big quake came to me on my mobile phone. My wife called me, cell-to-cell, and told me: Earthquake! She was evacuating with her Shanghai office mates at Accenture, the U.S. company. They had gone down the stairs, avoiding the elevators, just like 911. Outside, police tried to swish them away, thinking they were some sort of demonstration.

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