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Auguste Chapdelaine, French martyr of China

Auguste Chapdelaine was the French Christian missionary whose violent death at the hands of Chinese authorities on February 29th,1856 became the casus belli for...

Three culture shocks

Although I consider myself a man of the world who can easily adapt to different environments rather easily, I have actually suffered three culture...

Why I stay away from the hyped Din Tai Fung restaurant chain

Despite being in every guide book about Taipei in any available language, for me Din Tai Fung is probably the most overrated eating place in...

Some reflections on the occasion of my 300th article in less than a year

While I was still living in Taiwan, some people asked me to start writing a blog because they thought that I had many interesting...

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, published 90 years ago

The Good Earth, a historical fiction novel about China by American author Pearl S. Buck (1892 -1973) was first published on March 2nd, 1931 by the specialized...

A very long journey back to Taiwan

I actually started to prepare my return to Asia last June when I got in touch with some old colleagues working at Taiwan’s Representative...

Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Commander-in-Chief, President and Emperor

Jean-Bédel Bokassa, from 1966 to 1976 second president of the Central African Republic (CAR) and self-styled ruler Bokassa I of the Central African Empire from...

Valencia made me appreciate my cats even more

I feel very relieved, as yesterday I finally received the notification from the competent quarantine authorities that next week I will obtain the permit...

Finally, no bureaucratic mess!

Although I complained many times about Spanish bureaucracy during the three years that have spent in Valencia, to be fair I have to admit...

When Santa Claus drives a bus

Christmas 2020 will be remembered in most Christian countries as a very special occasion, even though for all the wrong reasons! I’m currently in...

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