Asian Encounters

Since KJ 41, we have featured a series of personal accounts of experiences — and most importantly, interactions — with local people all over Asia. These sketches do not necessarily fit the genre of travel writing — often the writer is a local resident too. We invite our readers to send us their stories (with photos) of Asian encounters and insights.

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Asian Encounters

On June 15, 2011 By

Asian Encounters

Since KJ 41, we have featured a series of personal accounts of experiences — and most importantly, interactions — with local people all over Asia. These sketches do not necessarily fit the genre of travel writing — often the writer is a local resident too. We invite our readers to send us their […]

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Bonds, ‘The Word’ & Trade

On August 19, 2011 By

TIBET
BY JEFF FUCHS

Deep black lines criss-cross Lobsang’s face, a face both ravaged and enlightened by the earth’s elements…He is a being who has been shaped by another time.

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Alice in Shikaland

On August 13, 2011 By

JAPAN
BY MARLENA WATROUS

He had brought me to Alice in Shikaland, Japan’s foremost museum of nuclear power, its decor and narrative framework inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland…

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Balinese Canoes

On August 13, 2011 By

INDONESIA
BY DUSTIN LEAVITT

When I speak of the disappearance of boats, I do not mean pleasure yachts, nor do I mean the monoliths of modern merchant ship navigation like super tankers…. Rather, I am talking about the canoes and planked craft of indigenous watermen the world over…

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Forgetting, Remembering

On July 30, 2011 By

JAPAN-BRAZIL
BY TERRY CAESAR
 
Few countries appear to have less in common with each other than Japan and Brazil. Consider only the woman in which each country is personified…

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Along the Silk Road Today

On July 23, 2011 By

INDIA
BY PICO IYER

We sat in the little space, ringed by snowcaps, under a pulsing moon, 10,000 feet above the sea, and many hours from what the Eagles might consider civilization, and we tried to jolly into being all their songs of hard women in Los Angeles, the dangers of cocaine.

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My Grandson the Marine

On July 19, 2011 By

USA
From KJ 72 Article Nine
BY CONNIE VIGIL PLATT

The next transfer, overseas, was to Japan. Here was a young man that had never been away from home, now going to a foreign country. To say the least I was nervous about him being in a place where he didn’t even talk the language…

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A Minute and 100 Metres

On July 19, 2011 By

CHINA
BY DAVID MANEY

I arrived via train, 40 hours and just under 4000km in a hard-seat, from Beijing, where rumours were circulating about the extent of the military presence, needle attacks, Uighur and Han street gangs…

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Filming the Foreigner

On July 12, 2011 By

JAPAN
BY WENDY NAKANISHI

“…if you were contacted by a television company interested in filming the life of a foreigner in Japan, would you be interested in being considered? That is, it would be a family program: you, your husband, your children….”

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Pico Iyer is Lost

On July 7, 2011 By

BY MARK MORDUE

Pico Iyer is lost. It’s a condition he uses to great effect in his increasingly internalised travel books as we find him on the road to somewhere he’s not sure of.

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