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Letter From The Editor
Traveling into 2013
I’m looking out at 2013 from the middle of the world. China dubbed itself the Middle Kingdom for a reason: as far as the eastern half of Asia goes, it’s in the middle of everything. I am in the center of this monstrosity, right near the Yangtze River, which bifurcates China into its northern and southern halves. I look at a map of Asia and feel as if I’m in the center of a massive span of geography, I see paths of travel shooting off in all directions: east to Korea, north to Russia, west to Kazakhstan, south to Malaysia.
Continued Travels Around the Hinterlands of China
I’ve probably spent more time in China than any other country on earth besides the one I grew up in. China is so big, diverse, and ever-changing that it’s impossible to ever truly have your bearings here. Constructing a concept of this land is like trying to nail a piece of jello to the wall: it just can’t be done. Like India, the USA, Mexico, or Russia, you can never “do” China. The size and cultural/ political/ economic dynamism are just too much. But I can say that I’m more familiar with this country than any the 50 or so others that I’ve experienced.