Overlooking The Bund 

--------- taken circa 2004


Interests and obsessions include


  • Shanghai well really, most things China-related (except moon cakes)

  • History (China — natch, American Civil war, Ulysses Grant, African American history, Pacific Northwest are all of strong interest; I could go on…)

  • Art Deco design/architecture 

  • Trying to keep up on my 'to read' book pile 

  • Politics and the pursuit of inclusive democracy

  • Travel (especially by train)

  • A continued quest for thinly-sliced mortadella 

My China obsession started when I was in my early teens and Deng Xiaoping came to Seattle in 1979. Already interested in becoming a lawyer, the discussion in late 70’s/early 80’s Seattle of how China was opening to the West made me think there might be a need for American lawyers who spoke Chinese. In university I started to learn about China and study Chinese, then did intensive language study in Taiwan in the late 80’s, and eventually became a China-focused corporate lawyer. 


My long-running campaign to move to China succeeded in 2004. For over 11 years, my family and I lived in Shanghai, while I worked as a partner at large international law firms and immersed myself in learning about pre-World War II Shanghai. It was a fantastic and energizing time to be in China, particularly in Shanghai.


Repatriated back to the States since 2015, I now have the chance to pursue my quest for perfect, thin slices of mortadella, focus on writing and engage in political organizing work.

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