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)
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 finally 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.
April 10, 2021: Early Black Seattleites Inspiring Fiction
April 13, 2021: Book talk for Washington State China Relations Council
April 24 (China): Historic Shanghai Book Club
Envigorating treatment of true spirit of Art Deco
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