Happy Mid-Autumn Fest, with short short herein:

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Enjoy eating your mooncake, and take the time to consider the rise of China and human development and the logical conclusion that one day people will celebrate the tales of Chang’e while literally on the moon. Presented is my science fiction short short, simply titled Mooncake. Did I mention its free?

“It is Mid-Autumn Festival in Lunar Colony 01111001’s Chinatown, a holiday celebrated by eating mooncake and regaling with tales of Chang’e flying to the moon. Little Xiao Yue asks her grandfather what it all means. There is always a generation gap. How can precocious children in the future understand the metaphor? Enjoy this short short, a taste of one writer’s science fiction and Sino overlap.. “

Somebody out there rated it 4 stars, can’t be that bad.


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SHenzhen Daily: A Tour of Futian District

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Finally, the latest of my Shenzhen Daily articles. Probably the last time I will write these, so pay attention.

On the subject of Futian district, the central region of the city where I live, I play the tour guide. Various landmarks, parks, museums, and nightlife hot spots I can recommend to you. Its a more dynamic city than you’d think. 

If you decide to visit one day, please say hi and perhaps I can show you around!

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Shenzhen Daily writings: Affordable fun at museums and art galleries

Here are some articles I wrote for the main English-language newspaper of Shenzhen. Its not much, but its nice to do the lite journalism thing every once in a while. 

More to come later.

“DESPITE reports to the contrary, Shenzhen does have a cultural side. Residents can spend educational weekends in the city as an affordable way to have fun — and maybe even learn something. In the central districts of Futian and Nanshan, there are four places to see…”

The Ghost of Lotus Mountain Brothel

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This is the first of my China-centric fiction that I will be sharing.

The Ghost of Lotus Mountain Brothel is a historical novella that purports to be a diary of a working girl in the year 1911, a most auspicious year in Chinese history. It serves as a prelude of sorts to my more epic story South China Morning Blues, about the modern Pearl River Delta megalopolis of the surrounding Hong Kong area (and more of that to come, but for now let this work stand on its own).

I feel that in many ways the China of the early 20th century is strikingly similar to the China of today. Political upheaval was on everyone’s minds. International businessmen were taking over, and exploiting the locals. Everyone wanted to learn English. Times were changing fast, the future was uncertain. Modernization, and the price thereof. 

The “Ghost” that is mentioned in the title is the ghost of modernity, haunting us all. Without giving away too much, let me just say that there is a mystery and it is never fully revealed. It is for you to interpret as you will.

Please read for more … …