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Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. I'm a hybrid American/Spanish journalist perhaps best known for my work on China and a book I wrote during the 5 years I spent living and working in Beijing.
LEFTOVER IN CHINA, as it's called, has been published in 3 languages (English, French, Mandarin) and became a DangDang bestseller in China three days after it was published. It has been reviewed and referenced widely by major international press (The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, TIME, Le Figaro, Le Monde, The SCMP, The Times Literary Supplement, etc, though the mighty Minneapolis Star Tribune did the best job, if you ask me). The book has also become - or so I'm generously told - something of a hit in China. If you read Chinese, here's more on that.
Despite now being home in the US, China is always on my mind. Some of my fondest memories are of my days in Beijing, as are some of my dearest friends. It's a place I still write about and visit as often as possible, though my reporting focus now also includes Cuba (another very misunderstood and completely bewitching country) on which I report for The Economist.
Every time I travel to China or Cuba, I'm more perplexed by each place. That sensation of feeling simultaneously lost and smitten - buoyant with curiosity and restless with the desire to make sense of things that are generally beyond reason (Communism operates in funny ways), is what keeps me going back to both, and is why I write.