Travel Articles and Published Works
The following are articles, notes, and interviews
that stem from
the experiences that I have had while traveling the world. If you
would like to reference or use any of the information from these articles
and research documents, please feel free. Just provide a functional link
back to www.VagabondJourney.com
and/ or the following author bio box with links kept in tact:
Shepard has been on a continuous vagabond journey around the world for
more than 9 years- over forty countries on five continents. He has
wandered into the outback of Mongolia, lived in a monastery in Tibet,
ate a puppy in China, danced with mystics in India, thought he was a
gardener in Ireland, braved the souqs of North Africa, and got really
lost in Patagonia. Throughout all of this he has been working
diligently on his website,
his travelogue, as well as pawning off various
travel articles to unsuspecting magazines for food
Oracle Bones: Lessons from an Ancient Mayan burial.
Of Men and Cocks- Notes on a Honduran Cockfight. The battle, the
mania, and the excitement of men fighting their cocks.
Seekers of Refugee in a Land of No Return- Conversations with
Tibetan refugees in India.
Standing on the Precipice
of War- One woman's story of growing up in a Guatemala undone.
The Desert Queen- Isabelle Eberhardt, the Personification of
In Search of a
Traditional Japanese Tattoo - The trials of a traditional tattoo
In Search of a Tattoo in the New
Japan- Hunt to find out what tattooing means in the Japan of today
The Other Side of the Wall: Graffiti in Portugal
- The story of the
underground graffiti life in Portugal.
and Wine in Moravia - An exploration into the wit and wisdom that
got the Czech Republic through turbulent times.
A Visit to a South Indian Archaeological Site:
A head first jump into the folk lexicon of village Karnataka. Thus
being a record to a visit to an archaeological site in Southern India
with the esteemed folklorist, Professor M. Byregowa.
Article and Interview with Loren Everly-
This is an article about my experiences with the traveler, Loren
Everly, as well as an interview that I did with him in October of 2007.
What is the Good of That?
And other reasons why I cannot stomach the faith of commerce. This
is an article that I wrote about the neo-corporatization of India while
living in Bangalore.
Sitting With the Masters: Talks,
observations, and anecdotes from a day with a family of master carvers in the Rajasthan.
"Smoke is an Indication of Work . . . Therefore We are Proud of Our Smoke:" Reactions to the thoughtless
acquisition and utilization of introduced technology in Southern India.
The New World Looks Ahead, Not Back: The elderly left behind with their times in the new India.
In Search of a Hermit and Not Finding Him: Up Cold Mountain Path. An article about searching for Han Shan in the Tian Tai mountains of Southeastern China.
The Breaking of the Fast: A View of Ramada from the Outside- Eating a holy
dinner alone with drifting Muslims.
The Breaking of the Fast: A View of Ramadan from the Inside- Tales of
cultural contrasts in Morocco.
Jocelyn Lieu: The making of an author- Story about Potential Weapons author,
Wade P. Shepard, the author of
www.VagabondJourney.com and numerous magazine articles on a variety of
topics, has been traveling planet earth continuously for the passed nine
years. He was formally trained in Cultural Anthropology and Journalism
by Global College, Long Island University, where he took his B.A.
degree. He currently accepts all journalism assignments because he is
poor and could not afford to eat otherwise. Wade is willing to go to any
country, any environment, and dive into any culture on planet earth to come up
with the information that you need. If you would like on-the-ground research,
interviews, photos, or would like him to write for your
publication, he can be contacted at
|CV of Published Works:
Oracle Bones: Lessons
from an Ancient Mayan Burial, Cafe Abroad InPrint, December
On Cocks and Men: Notes
on a Honduran Cockfight,
Cafe Abroad InPrint, September 2008.
Standing on the Precipice of War: Conversations with a
Guatemalan Civil War Refugee, Cafe Abroad InPrint, April 2008.
The Other Side of the Wall: Graffiti in Portugal, Cafe
Abroad InPrint, February 2008.
Seekers of Refuge: Tibetan Refugees in India, Abroad
View Magazine, Spring 2008.
In Search of a Japanese Tattoo, Glimpse Magazine,
Other Internet Work:
HoboHideout.com Traveling Webmasters- Traveling program
coordinated by Wade.
Horimono: The Way of Japanese Tattooing: This is the product of a research project that I undertook in 2004 in Kyoto, Japan.
Yang Sheng: The Root of Health Cultivation. A research paper on the ancient Chinese practice of cultivating wellness.
Qi: The Essential Essence of Essence. The product of a brief investigation into the Chinese idea of "Qi," and its role in medicine.
A Respectable Developement?
The Tribals of Arunachal Pradesh: Then and Now. A full length study of
the tribal population of the Arunachal Pradesh region of Northeastern
India in a historical context.
The Dispersal of Language in China, and the Creation of Standard Mandarin. This is the product of an investigation into the roots of the Chinese Mandarin language.
The Japanese Haiku.
A study in Haiku that I undertook in the spring of 2004 while living in
Kyoto, Japan. At the bottom of the paper are examples of my own haiku.
Overseas Chinese in India:
and Chinese in India-
Two case studies. Documentation from two meetings with representatives
of the Chinese community in India. Discussions focused around the
history and formation of India's China towns, as well
as the role that the Chinese play in today's rapidly changing India.
Retirement Homes in India- The elderly left behind
with their times in the new India.