Category Archives: Commentary

Safe in the Police State

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Aurora. When are we going to learn? Reading about the recent tragedy in Colorado last week, the story of a man gone mad and a defenseless crowd of theater-goers forced to play witness to their own horror … Continue reading

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Beidaihe: Silicon Valley of North China

This is the seventh post about a recent business trip I took to northeast Hebei province Near Qinhuangdao in the northeastern tip of the province, the beaches and streets of Beidaihe provide everything that can be expected of a small, … Continue reading

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Living Behind the Great Firewall

The photo is a typical screen I get when trying to access Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or any Western social media website in China It seems cheap sneakers, iPads and iPhones, and a Christmas wish list of consumer goods won’t be … Continue reading

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Qinhuangdao: Parks and Innovation

This is the fourth post in a series about a business trip I took to northeast Hebei province Tangshan had heavy industries. Luanzhou had tourism. Qinhuangdao, the next city on our tour, had hi-tech parks. Our government guides took us … Continue reading

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Luanzhou: Manufacturing Culture

This is the third post in a series about a recent business trip I took to northeast Hebei province Like Tangshan, Luanzhou relies on its resource-guzzling heavy industries as its main economic driving force. Now, the city is trying to … Continue reading

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Caofeidian: Emerald City by the Sea

This is the second post in a series about a recent business trip to Hebei province China, now in the midst of an epic national construction boom, is building many things. It’s building forests of apartment towers. It’s building malls … Continue reading

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Tangshan: The Phoenix City

This is the first post in a series about a recent business trip I took to northeast Hebei province Tangshan, a two-hour drive east of Beijing in Hebei Province, is a city of industry. The site of China’s first coalmine, … Continue reading

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