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Freezing near Afghanistan with Michener's Poland

James Michener never made it to Afghanistan. He never wrote about the Silk Road. In 1984, one of his novels, Poland, lined the…

Shangri-la or Bust!

Brian discusses obstacles faced in establishing cultural retreat in Southeast Himalayas

Ceramic Memories- Jingdezhen's Old Lady Zhou

"Wake up, Old Lady Zhou!" Xie, the forger, yells as we step from the narrow Jingdezhen streets into a dilapidated wooden str…

Hiking along Vietnam Border

The old man flashed a toothless grin as we struggled up the slippery steps to the top of the waterfall. Groups of sure-footed wo…

MY EDUCATION IN FORGERY (part one of two)

"Dig anywhere in Jingdezhen, and you will find old porcelain," said Mr. Xie, one of China's leading porcelain forgers. "It is m…

"Explore. Dream. Discover." – The Linden Centre

Even with two successful galleries and the rare chance to divide their time between China and Door County, the Lindens had yet a…

'It is right to rebel': Chairman Mao

The red star remained, although the Chairman’s shadowed profile had become bleached with age. Under his portrait were his famous…

Tibet, Dogs, Death and Hope

"Cast a cold eye on life, on death. Horseman, pass by." – Wm. Butler Yeats. Dogs – 85 big dogs, small dogs, nice dogs and defini…

Skirting Landmines in Cambodia

Shane Linden describes his feelings during recent overland journey in a Cambodia where remnants of war are never far from view.

A Challenge to American Families and Educators

In this 2004 article, Brian argues that America must focus more attention on learning about China- a country that represents our…

A Nine year-old Reflects on China (January, 2005)

Three months before Shane Linden was born in 1995, his parents left Asia after spending nearly ten years in the region. Asia was…