China milk museum!

Shanghai is a very good place to learn about milk. The city was one of the early centers of modern dairy in China, and is home to Guangming, a dairy concern that has since grown into one of the world’s largest food conglomerates. So it’s not surprising that Shanghai has a dairy museum, even less…

Upcoming talk on Vatican-China relations at George Washington University

May God Bless Manchukuo: Manchuria and the transformation of Vatican-China relations with Prof. Thomas DuBois Co-sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Department of Religion Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM The Elliott School of International Affairs 1957 E Street, NW, Lindner Commons, Room 602 (6th Floor) Washington, DC…

Seriously, Bayannuur, what the hell? (also, sheep)

Here’s a trick for you. The next time you find yourself in the mountains, or specifically find yourself leaving the mountains, make sure to bring a loaf of bread. Pack it nicely so it doesn’t get smooshed in your luggage, and then open it up at sea level. I did this recently when I left Lanzhou….

Qinghai – and the best yoghurt in China

Someone call Professor Oak, because I’ve officially caught them all. I had already traveled through most of China in the late 1990s, but Qinghai was the last one – the one place I had never been. I finally made the trip last week, and just to celebrate the occasion, the gods of travel decided to…

Yellow Earth

From 15-18 September, the CUHK History and Anthropology AOE and Shaanxi Normal University arranged a field seminar in and around Xi’an. The itinerary was arranged by Micah Muscolino at Oxford, and took us to about 8 villages in Baishui 白水县 and Chengcheng 澄城县 Counties, along with a large scale water reclamation project, and two gorgeous…