Monthly Archives: October 2013

From Jp – The More Peculiar Things One Sees in China

There are so many things that are exactly like the US in China, and then there are the other things when you have to stop and think, “What exactly is going on here?” Here are a few we’ve run across … Continue reading

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From Jp and Lisa – Local Traffic Update

We learned from our new friend He Hai that “the only rule in traffic here is there are no rules!” Yesterday, Jp was hit by a car. Before you grow too concerned, he’s completely fine. The car was parked, and … Continue reading

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From Lisa and Jp – Hi, He Hai!

Monday, we traveled 2.5 hours outside of center city Shanghai to Hongzhou to meet He Hai (our third and final Norman Girardot introduction) and visit West Lake. This area is stunning with the cityline on one side and mountains on … Continue reading

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From Jp and Lisa – Dafei in the Land of the Red Dinosaurs

Another night in Beijing, another friend of Norman’s to meet (can’t thank you enough, Norman!). This time, it was Deng Dafei, multi-disciplenary artist and visual arts teacher. We started our visit at 798, an area in Beijing filled with art gallery … Continue reading

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From Lisa and Jp – Dumplings are Good… So are New Friends!

During our second day in Beijing, we met up with a friend of Norman Giradot’s – Lehigh University professor and Journey from the East (JFTE) Leadership Committee Member.  Chen Xia, a leading Daoist scholar, met us at a coffee shop … Continue reading

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From Mary – The Power of Non-Verbal Communication

Wednesday was one of those glorious Autumn days – sunny and cool. I decided to take a break  from my desk work at Touchstone and walk the greenway. It’s not the first time I’ve done it – I’ve been frequenting … Continue reading

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From Jp – Pay No Attention to the Shadow Puppet Behind the Curtain

About a 20-minute metro ride from center city Shanghai is the area know as Qibao. Qibao is a tourist attraction which tries to recreate what it would be like in a canal town before modernization.  If elbow-to-elbow people and plastic … Continue reading

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