I was the editor and lead writer for a monthly provincial magazine and weekly newspaper in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. These are PDF files of a few issues of the magazine.
I was also interviewed numerous times by various newspapers.
I did some acting while in China also. The pay was always the same no matter how many hours I worked – 600 RMB. There was no contract, just cash up front in some cases, and faith in others.
I played a Russian officer on the New Fourth Army TV show. The episode was filmed at Hengdian Movie Studios – the world’s largest studio. It was a very interesting experience.
Here is a two minute clip of the fourteen hour shoot for five minutes of air time. At least I ended up next to the stars. Read the description on YouTube.
I was the spokesmodel for a Chinese wallpaper paste. YES! Check out the shoot on YouTube. (includes shots my wife and one of my daughters.)
We got to meet some very interesting people also. During a VIP tour of Hengdian (another visit) we met the Monkey King. it was a thrill. Check out a short clip we shot. Monkey King said hello before being chased off the set.
Along with my daughter, and assisted by my wife (my acting agent 🙂 I played a former Olympian in a musical puppet show tribute to Li Ning, He is from Guangxi Province where I was teaching at the top university. Li Ning won six medals in the 1984 Olympics – the PRC’s first Olympics. He was the man who ran around the top of the Olympic stadium in 2008.