Leaders, Individuals and the Media, the responsibility is shared

Regretting the choice of thermal underwear, a bead of nervous sweat trickled down my spine. I eyed the local minister of propaganda. Minus an upraised eyebrow, an imagined challenge perhaps, he was void of expression. To his left was the organizer, a party member and a poet. Various local officials…

In the Chinese folktale, “The Emperor Has Grown Donkey Ears”, whenever a barber took his sheers to the emperor’s head, they would discover the hair-hidden secret. Unable to keep such a scandalous discovery to themselves, they’d share, thus ensuring certain separation of head and body beneath the executioner’s axe. One…

Our Immediate Future Rested on a Five-Dollar E-Thermometer

Eyes staring up at the battery-operated thermometer, hovering a mere centimeter from a furrowed brow, I held my breath. Sweaty palms pressed against the airplane’s cool, metal armrests, my grip tightening. With trepidation I recalled the…

One of the American peoples’ greatest strengths is the attitude towards independence on oneself and individualism. Unfortunately, at times like this, I wonder if it may also be one of our greatest weaknesses. “I’m going to live life like I always do.” Not good. “I’m not going to panic.” Better…

Kevin Smith

An American half-pat “half foreign, half domestic” writer living in Shanghai, China, who tries to say how it is with a side of whimsical to keep it light.

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