China: Bone Breaking Pressure

A visit to a 99-year-old woman living in a remote farmstead in central China offered a blast from the past, a lesson in how culture literally shapes us, and a lesson in how much society changes in one’s lifetime. Click here to read the full story of my travel to, and interview with, this special woman.…
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A Rising China

“We’re the country that built the intercontinental railroad. So how can we now sit back and let China build the best railroads?” – President Obama * * * China, China, China. We hear it all the time: China’s rising. China’s going to be No. 1. China’s going to take over. Let me splash a little cold water…
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Interracial Romance

Interracial dating is a topic with as much curiosity for some as attraction for others as distaste for yet some others. While the topic in the U.S. isn’t the head-turner it used to be, I’ve yet found it an interesting area to write about in Tanzania if just because you’re dealing with a lot more than…
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What I Learned About Race Living East Africa

I spent six months of 2014 teaching technology in Tanzania. The experience triggered memories of my conflicted college education regarding matters of race. I arrived in Tanzania, East Africa, on Jan. 23 of this year. After two long bus rides, I ended up along a sun-baked dirt road surrounded by rolling hills covered with rows…
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