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Feedback and readers' engagement are the soul of a blog. That's why I'd be glad to receive your suggestions. If there is a topic you would like to know more about, if you have a story you would like me to tell, or if you have a question about Greater China, its culture, society, and history, don't hesitate to contact me or post a comment. 

I also welcome guest posts about topics related to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Asia in general. I believe in pluralism, in sharing thoughts and views with others, even if these views contradict my own. The only prerequisite is that the language of your post must be respectful and polite.

However, I will decide to accept or reject guest posts according to my own opinion. Some posts I simply believe might not fit this website.

If you want to express your view, or report on something interesting, shocking, amusing, and even outraging, that happened to you, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail at

Thank you!


  1. This is about the culture of the native people of Taiwan, before the Chinese, British, and Japanese occupations. It is a documentary from a young American who has discovered his heritage. The film is called A Voice in the Clouds.

  2. Hi Aris good day to you. I'm William from Singapore and happen to chance upon your blog. Just curious, you seems to be an avid traveler and you can just settle anywhere in the world and calls it home and i am curious have you ever come to Singapore and stay for a while. If so what's your impression. Thanks !



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