With a Roar, the Year of the Tiger Arrives February 23rd 2010 Huge, colorful fireworks explode mere meters from my sixth-story apartment window. Firecrackers so loud that I can't hear myself think erupt throughout my neighborhood. Families gather to watch CCTV stations broadcast the New Year's Eve television extravaganza. In southern China, lion dances abound as drums pound and cymbals crash. The Year of the Tiger has arrived with a roar.
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Asia » China » Beijing For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. A... ... read more
I hope that this blog of my experiences living and traveling abroad is able to facilitate multicultural understanding for those who don't have the time or opportunity to travel. If I may make one small difference in the world, I hope it can be one that helps us to understand that the multitude of small things we have in common bind the world so much more tightly than the seemingly bigger things that currently divide us. Our individual cultures and history should be celebrated--yes--but difference of opinion should never be the source of conflict. Rather, it's an opportunity to learn and grow. ... full info