China Collage

Letters from the Flip Side: 2007 – 2019

Decades ago, I was inspired by Chinese art on a visit to the Art Institute in Chicago. Motivated by that, and , for a hundred other reasons, I moved to China in 2007. For over a dozen years, my life became a collage of cultural adaptations from living in China during its transition into an economic powerhouse. I was a university lecturer, magazine and newspaper editor and writer, actor and more. We lived in the ancient city of Hangzhou, home to celebrated poets and Marco Polo, which became a center of 21st Century technology. In China, artists told me they harness the creative fire within a metaphysical little universe – xiǎo yǔzhòu. Their artistic artifacts discharge this little universe into the minds of admirers. While creating my little universe, I kept a journal, and regularly exchanged emails with friends. I’ve compiled those into photo essays called the China Collage.

Until I become more or a techno wizard, I will organize these pages chronologically, with a link to the next and previous post on each page. So lets get started:

Episode One: August 2007 – December 2007

Episode Two: January 2008 – March 2008

Episode Three: March 2008 – June 2008

Episode Four: June 2008 – August 2008

Episode Five: September 2008 – December 2008

Episode Six: January 2009 – March 2009

Episode Seven: March 2009 – July 2009

Episode Eight: July 2009 – September 2009

Episode Nine: October 2009 – March 2010

Episode Ten: April 2010 – June 2010

Episode Eleven: July 2010 – December 2010

Episode Twelve: January 2011 – April 2011

Episode Thirteen: April 2011 – August 2011

Episode Fourteen: August 2011 – December 2011

Episode Fifteen: January 2012 – May 2012

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