Author: Kendra



Abandoning US-China diplomacy: cucumbers and the strength algorithm

Posted from: Beijing, China Couple of days ago, on my way back home, I walked past the old retired couple that live next door to me....

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Coronavirus: Part I – Fear and Community

Posted from: Los Angeles My flight left Beijing – where I’ve lived and worked and studied since the early 2000’s – for DC...


Saying Nothin’ but Thanks: Getting Back to Roots in the East Bay

Posted from: San Francisco, California One Valentine’s Day in the nascent months of World War II, and not long after the opening of...


Chasing Specters: Ghost Hunting in Beijing and a Long, Slow Ascent

Posted from: Beijing, China Wang Wei took me ghost-hunting last week, some famous haunt off of 3rd Ring Road, built and neglected by a Hong...


Spring Comes Early: New Directions and Netflix Man Candy

A few months after the divorce was final, in the early days of January, I spent a couple nights watching back-to-back auto industry...


Typhoons in Taiwan: from the Da’An Tea Gardens to the Yongchun Hills

Posted from: Taipei, Taiwan The national weather service tells me that Typhoon Chan-Hom is unlikely to make critical landfall near northern...

Urban exploring China Beijing: Abandoned army bar Lin Biao


Off the path and up the mountain: Beijing’s Abandoned 0498 Military Bar

Posted from: Beijing, China This is one of several pieces I did on urban exploration for now-defunct website Smart Beijing. Holed up in his...

Beijing Watermelon Museum: Beijing China Urban Exploration Travel


Disco disco: Day-tripping at the Beijing Watermelon Museum

Posted from: Beijing, China This is one of several pieces I did on offbeat urban tourism for now-defunct website Smart Beijing. I like...


VOX 10th Anniversary: A Jaunt Down to Wuhan

Wuhan, China I realized as I sat next to it with a bowl of reganmian that I’d never actually seen the Yangzi. It’s muddy. We...

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Comparative Color Saturation in Chinese vs. Western App Interfaces

Sometimes you have one of those conversations that’s so full of new ideas, it pinballs around your head for days. I enjoyed one of...