Review: Dark Tourist

By John Ruberry Twenty minutes into the first episode of a new Netflix series, Dark Tourist, not only did I ascertain what dark tourism is, I realized that I am a dark tourist. After all, I'm someone who has vacationed in Detroit. Twice. I've visited the most dangerous neighborhoods of Chicago. I've been to Gary, … Continue reading Review: Dark Tourist

The Road to Mandalay

I just visited Myanmar, known to most of us as Burma, where the people have been under the oppressive boot of a huge colonial power, the Japanese fascists and homegrown socialist nut cases for nearly 150 years. Finally, they have democracy, and for the most part, are happy as hell. Here’s a brief history: From … Continue reading The Road to Mandalay

My Personal Asia Pivot

For the third straight year, I am headed to China, where I will teach students at the International School at Jinan University in Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton in South China. The trip allows me an opportunity to travel throughout China, Thailand and Myanmar, where I continue my own “Asia pivot” after years of reporting … Continue reading My Personal Asia Pivot