|There are many China journals out
there, and they range from the patently self-absorbed to the fascinatingly
astute. My own journal attempts to communicate something of the experience
of dealing with my own foreigness in China whilst still entranced by the
experience of being there - I have tried to avoid where possible common
criticisms of China and political arrogance which otherwise abounds in
online China writing. Here are a few others I've enjoyed, some composed
by good friends of mine. For anyone who has their own China journal and
would like a link, feel free to let me know by clicking on the contact
Matthew completed a journey that saw him travel around the world before his 20th birthday. An aspiring author, his travelposts betray a fine writer in the making: His observations frequently cut through the vague impressions of casual travellers and communicate considerable insight. I am pleased to host this web edition of his travelposts and wish Matt luck - he's already come a long way since the afternoon I met him in Beijing on the first day of his travels.
Sanlitun Diaries originally appeared on the China Now site (www.chinanow.com) website, and appears to have been removed. The archive of this China journal has moved around a bit over the past couple of years, so I've decided to host this entertaining and very-Beijing story on my own site.
Jad Duwaik, a friend to me and to China, died in Shenyang of an aneurism in January 2006. We'd corresponded about our passions for China and for writing, and he was living in the city where I started in China, having been in Liaoning for a few years, learning and enthusing about the country, much as I had. His writing had many interesting observations to share. Jad, we'll miss you.
Shane Spencer, a very good friend of mine living in Dalian, examines the frustrations and hilarities of life as a foreigner in a modern, medium-sized Chinese city.
Comedic observations from a Canadian who seems to understand China.