Breakdown in China

You know how when something goes wrong, something else also goes wrong? And something else goes wrong? And then before you know it, everything is basically wrong? In China, this rule of life manifests itself as a string of breakdowns. Something breaks or stops working or your landlord raises your rent, forcing you to find […]

The drought in Yunnan

Today I came across an alarming article on the Scientific American website about the environmental degradation of Yunnan, which I visited for a few short days in 2011. At that time, I did not know — and certainly our tour guide didn’t mention — that the province was in the middle of a serious drought, […]