The Religion of Opiates

He arrived in Guangdong carrying Bibles on a ship that was seeking new markets for the opium trade. He remained a man of God, they say. Who can tell? Karl

The Great Chinese Tea Theft

Imagine Indiana Jones, but if Indy had been a gardener, rather than an eminent archaeologist. Meet Robert Fortune, the man the British East India Company hired to steal tea from

Absurdities of Our new Home

Arthur Mersault’s satirical novel is an absurdist work, which unabashedly displays its influences (Kafka, in particular) like an oversized knock-off belt buckle. Mersault can seem—brazenly, at times—unsympathetic toward China. Nevertheless,

The Pirate Queen of the China Seas

It’s often said that behind every great man is a great woman, but what happens when the woman is cunning, lethal and blood thirsty? Well, the great man disappears and

Re-repeating History’s Mistakes

Far too often, humans are reminded of historic parallels to current crises that could have been avoided. War is repetitive, but is it necessary? The past may just be the

PRD’s Most Famous Sun Turns 150

It’s not every day that we celebrate the birth of a critical leader who created the basis for a new country. not long ago, China was reeling, waiting for a

Remembering The Arrow

October marks the 160th anniversary of the Arrow Incident which decisively led to the Second Opium War and the sacking of Guangzhou. The Arrow was a lorcha, a ship with

From Guangdong to Yale

What began as a grinding start to life, led to an incredible rush of experience. Indeed, we all hope for heroics and adventure. The sooner we stop dreaming to live,

The PRD Genius: Chen Li

Proving that exams aren’t everything, this local Guangdong scholar failed plenty of tests and instead spent his life showing why it didn’t matter. The Pearl River Delta has always produced

Exposing Pains of Life Abroad

I once knew the manager of an English language training center here in China who had a hiring preference for middle-aged, white males. Her reasoning: “They looked professorial.” Trouble was,