A Summer of Anniversaries

In the heady early months of the Opium War (1840-1842), British Admiral George Elliot had captured the Qing forts at Humen. Later, on January 15, 1841, George’s cousin, Charles, who

24 hours in Siem Reap

The famous Angkor Wat and the surrounding Siem Reap aren’t just places for photos. There’s also plenty of room to make your adventure there the most amnestic trip you’ve ever

The Electric Camel

Workers who support society are both hated and loved. Do they help or get in the way? One thing’s for sure, society needs these hardworking individuals. They disrupt traffic as

Forever Repeating the Past

Thousands of years of making one mistake after another and we’ll probably continue that way ad infinitum. Isn’t it nice when we learn from history? The year was 1882. Populist

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