Three years – has it really been three years already?! – after the first time I visited the place my wife grew up and her parents still (mainly) live, deep in the countryside of Hunan, we returned. One of the things I returned to was running in a circle.
“My” China is not that of so many a visitor to or expat in that country. I have not lived there for so long, took quite a long time before I finally went and stayed, but then it was neither the Beijing or Shanghai (or other large city) of most tourists and expats where I […]
Said goodbye to Europe shortly after the OutDoor Friedrichshafen 2016, went to the other place that is home for my wife and me, while also always being something of a place for ‘adventuring‘: China. Wanted to share a few impressions which show something of the very different views… China West-East, From the Plane China Intimately, […]
Home, the way I talk about it and want you to make yourself more at home in, is the ecological relations in a life and the connections we tend to overlook because they are so obvious, especially in the actual physical place you are in. In this world of global trade and global migration, though, […]
We are all being told how we are supposed to behave. First our parents (and teachers and peers) tell and show us what sort of behavior is normal and acceptable; later, advertising and various public and educational campaigns try to push us towards their preferred ways of acting.
One of the great fascinations of photography is the insight into other places and other people’s lives that it gives. Even in times of seemingly pervasive Photoshop-ing (and even given the long history of photographic fakery), there is a power to the photojournalistic image. See: Dead Syrian refugee boy on Turkey beach. But also, if you […]
Interested in social affairs and intercultural couplings? Scoffing at “news” about the rich and famous and their ostentatious lifestyles? Enjoy reading the gossip columns and want to read something of a little more substance? Check out Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend (the latter of which has only just been released this […]
Being somewhere as different as Beijing makes it much easier, of course, to feel a desire to go out and explore. Having been there several times and seen the main tourist draws, and then arriving for work, however, quickly makes even a city like this just another one of those places seen and accepted and […]
I’m back (at?) home in Austria, wondering if I’ve failed with the small (photo and writing) projects I started in and on Beijing because I’m not finished with them… and yet I realize that this is just one of those points where being somewhere else can actually bring you closer to a place. It’s not […]