shipping out

I’m going back to China over winter vacation. I’ll fly out unreasonably early on Monday the 27th, arrive in Beijing on the night of the 28th – stupid time changes – and spend the next couple of weeks travelling around, mostly in Sichuan.

I’d promise near-realtime blog updates from the trip, but I’ve made similar promises before and failed consistently, so perhaps it’ll be best to imply strongly – without actually saying explicitly – that I’ll be dispatching bulletins and perhaps pictures from rural Sichuan.

At any rate, a merry Christmas and happy holiday season to all of my readers, unless you voted for Bush.

And on an unrelated note, here’s a scan of an article I wrote with Kaiser Kuo about fake Harry Potter sequels in China.

Comments (5)

  1. Prince Roy wrote::

    enjoy Sichuan. wish I was going there too. take plenty of sweaters if you climb up those mountains. if you’re like me, you’ll be in awe of allthe little old ladies scooting up those peaks. peasant grannies are pretty amazing.

    Friday, December 24, 2004 at 7:04 pm #
  2. Todd wrote::

    I like that article, for the fact that it lifts the lid on contemporary chinese publishing. It’s so unfortunate that scholars of English in China have little opportunity to delve into any literature which isn’t 100 years old or more. So, did you and Kuo actually read the Porcelain Doll?

    Also, shocked that you know about slash! If it wasn’t for my sister, to this day I would have no idea that such a thing existed.

    Saturday, December 25, 2004 at 12:21 pm #
  3. Brendan wrote::

    Todd – I do my research! Actually, the original version of the line was something like “while western fanfiction writers pen homoerotic tales featuring Harry and Draco, Chinese fans get off on nothing more than having Harry come to China.” It got changed, for the worse I think, by the editor.

    I did indeed read Harry Potter and the China Doll. It’s a few hours of my life that I’ll never get back.

    Saturday, December 25, 2004 at 12:39 pm #
  4. Tim wrote::

    Have a great trip, Brendan.

    Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 12:07 am #
  5. Vittore wrote::

    Please write your trip to China. China is so much in my heart… It is so interesting to me.

    Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 12:38 am #