The first step is the hardest … and we’re back

The silence has been deafening around here, no? The guilt that has ballooned over my absence from the blog nags at me constantly, only made worse when I run into friends/readers who ask with an arched brow, “So … I see you’ve stopped blogging…”. I would smile sheepishly with mumbled promises to return with that one story of an old Shanghai gangster’s villa on Beijing Lu, or my Instagram series on Hamilton House, or my interview with the founder of Disappearing Corners.

Now I am quite horrified to see that in another month, it would have been a year since I last posted on the blog. For shame! Excuses are aplenty – a wedding (and in two cities no less), my increased involvement in a policy-oriented speaker series for the Hopkins China Forum and Young China Watchers (YCW) in Shanghai, a new job that has wholly and utterly consumed me, and a lot of traveling in between.

Mind you, I have not entirely forsaken all that is related to the blog. For those who follow me on Facebook, I am still actively posting China-related and photography-related links and giving small updates about talks and interviews.

Most of my recent publications have been on the China-Central Asia project including for Asia Society (“Gallery/Interview: Photographer Sue Anne Tay Captures Kyrgyzstan’s Bustling Bazaars, Jul12) and 信睿 (The Thinker) (”Interview: From Shanghai to Central Asia”《从上海到中亚: 城市街头摄影指南》, Sep12).

This year so far, I have given a talk on the former Jewish Ghetto in Hongkou at the Limmud (Hebrew for learning) China conference, and given a presentation to a group of Chinese history PhD students at the University of Bristol studying under Professor Robert Bickers, who is also the project Director of Historical Photographs of China and Visualising China. I couldn’t be more pleased to meet the dedicated team helmed by Jamie Carstairs that has digitized tens of thousands of archived photographs of China dating as far back as late 19th century, researched and catalogued them to share in the public domain. Bristol is simply lovely.

They say the first step is always the hardest. So to all the (remaining) readers out there, thanks for the occasional email and tidbits of places I should photograph. Shanghai Street Stories is up and running again! But we’ll be taking baby steps, so bear with us.



  • Reply May 9, 2013

    Adam Daniel Mezei

    This landed in my Inbox with an audible tinkle just now — and no one could be happier about this than me…wowzas…SAT?!

    Is this REALLY you? For realz?!

    I’d like to see some of the wedding photos, though, if at all possible…possible, say you?

    • Reply May 14, 2013

      Sue Anne

      Always love your enthusiasm, Adam!

  • Reply May 9, 2013

    Rob Schackne

    Welcome back, Sue Anne!

    • Reply May 14, 2013

      Sue Anne

      Thanks Rob!

  • Reply May 10, 2013


    It’s good to read you again.
    — Damien

    • Reply May 14, 2013

      Sue Anne

      Thanks! Always fun checking up on you guys on weixin.

  • Reply May 14, 2013


    Wow welcome back. I asked my son what happened to you and he said he saw you in Shanghai. So finally very happy to see you are active blogging again.

    • Reply May 14, 2013

      Sue Anne

      Thanks for the kind note, do I know your son?

  • Reply May 21, 2013


    Yay! S3 is back. I couldn’t quite give up on this one, although my usual rule is 6 months silence and out. Welcome back Sue

    • Reply May 22, 2013

      Sue Anne

      Aww, thanks Chris! Thanks so much for the support!

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