Thoughts

Peace on earth

In a near-deserted Beijing subway station at 9 p.m. on a Saturday, an underground Japanese restaurant is still open. A group of men discussing a new fitness business are the only other customers. Soon, they leave. I am left alone with my grilled mackerel and rice, and a few restaurant workers. One plays with her … Continue reading

Cheering for you
Thoughts

Cheering for you

One drumbeat, one word from the announcer, and the crowd is chanting: defense, defense! The home team melts as their opponents approach and let the basketball slip past, straight into the hoop. Applause from the other side. The announcer tries again. Make some noise. Louder, louder! The crowd stirs and yells, following the prompts of … Continue reading