Tag Archives: China

Blown deeper into shadows: migrant housing and vulnerability in the wake of the Tianjin explosions

It’s been two months since the massive Tianjin explosions. While few clear details have emerged about the causes of the disaster, or who is to blame, reports are hinting at who may have suffered the most, and the news is not surprising: China’s migrant underclass bears brunt of Tianjin explosions Migrant workers bear the brunt […]

Fitting In: Bendigo’s Golden Dragon Museum

Sometimes the travel gods are against you. Worse, sometimes you hit a bad streak, where your whole decision-making process is off, and one bad decision leads to another. I felt that way on a visit last summer to Bendigo, in the heart of Australia’s nineteenth-century goldmining region. On my first evening I had dinner with […]

The Artist as Global Citizen: Cai Guo-Qiang in Brisbane

In the mid 1990s I taught English in Xiamen, a coastal city in southern China. Xiamen (also known as Amoy) has a lovely subtropical climate, and today it’s a favourite holiday spot among the Chinese. But from 1842 to the Second World War, it was a treaty port. After the First Opium War, the British […]