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Rockbund Museum Shanghai RAS 01

The former Royal Asiatic Society building

Far from the maddening crowds on the Bund, the Rockbund Art Museum on Huqiu Lu (虎丘路) is a favored destination that singularly embodies the East meets West history, design and architecture of…

ZhapuLu Wooden Home 01

The simplicity in patterned wood

I’ve always liked the predictability and soothing effect of uncomplicated patterns. This was one reason why I found myself standing in front of a discreet entrance off the…

Shikumen 01

The diversity of design in shikumen headers

What makes a shikumen (石库门) header an architectural tapestry so emblematic of Shanghai? The grey stone pediment, shaped in a triangle or semi-circle, contains designs that range from the…

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Where for art thou, spring?

Spring has appeared to have missed Shanghai completely. Or perhaps it was so fleeting having come and gone in a blink of an eye. Winter has been arduously…

Shanghai scrapers

Shanghai’s scrapers

The other day, a woman fell out of the sky and missed me by an inch. You think I’m making this up? I was hurriedly striding along the…

Morning run on the Bund

Morning run on the Bund

You spot them in the distance, like a millipede on speed. Bobbing up and down, not necessarily all in-sync, this group of young police cadets with freshly shaven…

Sunrise exercise on the Bund 01

Sunrise on the Bund

It was one of those moments that occur to the (semi) conscious mind at 430am. Dark blue hues were giving way to light, inch by inch. A lone…

Shanghai Island Pudong at night

And the Shanghai Expo begins..

I caught the ceremonial launch of the World Expo in Shanghai on television like any good Shanghai resident, away from the maddening crowds. It showed spectacular views of…

Animal Farm 01

All animals are comrades

 “All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.” – George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 1 At first sight, the chicken was sleeping. Next to it, the sign screamed…

Miscellany #1

I try to keep public service announcements on this blog to a minimum, so please bear with me. – University of Southern California’s “US-China Today” has published my essay…

The Taxi Reststop

The taxi rest stop

You could say that it’s one of the most colorful public toilets in Shanghai. That is if you can spot it amidst a long trail of graffiti winding…

Portraits of Strangers #1

In thy face I see the map of honor, truth, and loyalty.       – William Shakespeare, King Henry VI There’s no art   To find the mind’s construction…