Recent snap shot of yours truly by fellow #China photog Navjot Singh here in #Shanghai.
My interview with Ricepaper Magazine.
Thanks to Ed Koo for the very thoughtful questions about #China #Travel and #Photography.
- 4 months ago
Yifu Dong of Yale’s China Hands Magazine reviews UNSAVORY ELEMENTS:
"It was when he took his struggling friends to the brothel for an absurd and hilarious escapade that the phrase "Unsavory Elements" occurred to Carter. While on the adventure, Carter thought about how, according to the party line, the people running the brothel were without a doubt “Unsavory Elements,” but he also wondered if the foreigners themselves were unsavory in the eyes of the Chinese people and authorities they interacted with”.
Love it or hate it, the infamous The Epoch Times reviews UNSAVORY ELEMENTS, and it’s fair!
"The two dozen tales document a stunning variety of experiences, and paint a portrait of China that is at once repulsive and fascinating."
Fellow vagabond and China expat Wade Shepard at the ever-awesome VagabondJourney.com gives UNSAVORY ELEMENTS a thoroughly epic review.
We especially like "There are a few stories that would probably yank up the wedgies of a book club of Midwestern USA suburban mothers."
Nicole Chen’s very sweet blog review of UNSAVORY ELEMENTS
With props to Matthew Polly, Kay Bratt, Alan Paul and Jocelyn Eikenburg: "Rather than pack up and move halfway around the world, I bought a book."
just noticed that UNSAVORY ELEMENTS has attracted a sizable following of Chinese readers on Douban. Thanks for the love, P.R.C.!
- 6 months ago
China Law Blog's Christopher Cottrell scrutinizes UNSAVORY ELEMENTS under a legal lens, probing the ethics behind Graham Earnshaw’s publishing retrospective, Susie Gordon’s “fu er dai” expose, and my prostitution piece:
“How, then, does one find transparency in China’s business and legal culture? And more specifically, how do foreigners side-step being brought along to brothels, or just say no to the narcotics in front of them, when doing business with the Chinese without wholly insulting their overly gracious (and easily offended) hosts?”
Part 2 of business culture publication Jing Daily's coverage of UNSAVORY ELEMENTS: an excerpt from Susie Gordon’s highly-praised essay, and a short interview with me about the editing process:
"(Susie’s) was the single most difficult piece for me to commission. I wanted to tap a writer who could capture the glamour of China’s cosmopolitan cities and the extravagance of the people’s newfound luxury."