This is the view from my window in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The basics for what you need to get into the wild outback of Australia
In an odd but necessary move I go in for mundane work -- and it got me where I wanted to go.
This is an article that I wrote for the South China Morning Post about how increased demand is driving the supply of imported products and foreign themed F&B establishments in China and, cyclically, how this increased supply is continuing to drive even greater demand.
A few weeks before I departed for Korea we went for Cambodian food with some friends. The talk naturally turned to different food from around the world and the ones we loved. I personally have always been partial to Vietnamese food and Indian food. The talk turned to Korean food and how so few people [...]
A new documentary series is coming out about the culture of street musicians around the world. I want to watch this. Let's help make it happen.
I'm preparing to go out to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and the Horgos FTZ to begin my next big project: a book about the New Silk Road.
The practice of gambling transcends culture, geography, politics, class lines, religion, and history.
Commentary on an excellent interview on censorship in China.
Is sleeping in an elongated dog kennel worth it?
I find myself being employed to give criticism in a culture that doesn't want to hear it.
This is an article that I wrote for the South China Morning Post about the cultural factors that have caused some products and companies that are very popular in the West to fail in China.
Chaos and action are always happening somewhere, but it’s nice to spend a birthday in a beautifully remote part of the globe.
Ghost Cities of China in the media, May 2015.
The word was that Singapore was boring. I found this to be the furthest thing from the reality on the ground.
The backpacker myth of Tibet and the reality of the 21st century.
Sure, malls are a ubiquitous, mono-cultural, expensive, and haphazard way to develop an urban area but they serve a vital social function in China that we'd probably miss if it wasn't there.
An excerpt from Ghost Cities of China has been featured in The New Inquiry.