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.
Envigorating treatment of true spirit of Art Deco
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