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Escaping Conformity in the US and China

In this latest installment of “Dispatches …” we look at conformity in the US and China, and how living abroad can give you the tools to deal with society’s demands at home

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Choices: A Look at American Schools After Leaving Chengdu

American schools are often criticized for being violent, and for producing underachievers. There are problems in the system, but I found that overall, the system gives me what I want most.

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Returning to the US: An Immigrant in My Own Land

It’s winter in Minneapolis, and I am thinking about hot pot and Sichuan, but only very briefly. It’s good to be back in the US, and here are some reasons why.

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The Paradox of China’s Renewable Revolution

China is both the world’s largest polluter and the biggest spender on renewable energy, but the effects may be beginning to pay off.

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Evolution of the Chengdu Riverside

A look at the riverside garden community which I’ve been taking photos of for the last year. It has remained a great place to throw rocks, chase butterflies and run through rows of cabbages with my sons.

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