China under Xi Trigger Warnings Backed by Real Triggers

Apparently George Orwell's Classic Animal Farm is hitting too close to home for the new Communist Dictator in China: The Chinese government has banned George Orwell’s dystopian satirical novella Animal Farm and the letter ‘N’ in a wide-ranging online censorship crackdown. Experts believe the increased levels of suppression - which come just days after the Chinese Communist Party announced … Continue reading China under Xi Trigger Warnings Backed by Real Triggers

Religion: Alive and Well in Asia

During my recent trips in Asia, I was struck by how many Catholic churches and seminaries existed in places like Yangon, Myanmar, and Da Nang, Vietnam. In Hong Kong, I happened upon a standing-room-only church service, and in Guangzhou, China, the Sacred Heart Cathedral has become a tourist stop for many Chinese. After the 1949 … Continue reading Religion: Alive and Well in Asia

Asia Notebook: ‘We Can Do Business with Trump’

For the past two weeks as a trekked across China, Myanmar and Thailand, I have been repeatedly asked this question: What do you think of Trump? Before I answer, I ask the questioners, from businessmen to government officials to tour guides, what THEY think of Trump. Almost universally, their answer is: We can do business … Continue reading Asia Notebook: ‘We Can Do Business with Trump’

Only time will tell

Society has a curious love/hate relationship with pop culture. It hurls bile and snark at some, while tongue-bathing others, all in an effort to seem disaffected and elite while simultaneously craving acceptance by the Kool Kidz. It seeks a mythical connection with the latest bands and the hottest hands, an association minus genuine attachment. Those … Continue reading Only time will tell