I took the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway within a few weeks of its launch.
I was traveling at 5:30 pm, the height of rush hour, from Muxidi to Guomao on Line 1, the line infamous for hosting massive throngs of people.
Beijing is a colorful, multilingual city. I've heard Korean, Russian and Glaswegian. Likewise, everyone speaks the language of shopping.
Cultural child rearing differences between China and the West are in the spotlight and 'tiger moms' are both loved and feared.
Despite the huge differences between American and Chinese parenting styles, when Chinese raise their children in the US, they will gradually incorporate some of their values.
It was a scorching Sunday in July. I was cycling, for the first time, a fixed wheel bicycle, which can't coast as the pedals are always in motion.
On Aug 9, two days after his wife's abrupt, premature death halfway around the globe from her homeland, Sun Chenbei and his daughter Sun Weisi went to Macy's in downtown Washington DC.
My Chinese friends can't imagine a woman who doesn't want to get married some day. I shock them when I tell them it describes me.
Guo Meimei is set on a showbiz career despite a chorus of disapproval that appears to show she would be better off developing her charity work.
A comedy writer encounters a military officer who has just returned from the battleground, with one eye covered by a patch.
I attended an elderly American's funeral with my Japanese friend Taro Yamada in late 2008. He died peacefully in his 90s.
As an Englishman I was mesmerized by London burning last week and managed to experience it vicariously on social networks.