Earl Hardie Karges's Blog – September 2012 Archive (2)

Pyongyang Diplomacy: Communist Disneyland in an Uncertain State

North Korea is like the urban legend of the Japanese soldier still fighting WWII out on some lonely island in the remote Pacific.  In his mind, it’s all still very real for him.  When he starts shooting at us, then it’s real for us, too.  At first I didn’t know if they were even going to let me in the country, something about journalists not allowed in…


Added by Earl Hardie Karges on September 12, 2012 at 1:17pm — 2 Comments

China in the Rearview Mirror: Paradise Lost in an Edifice Complex

China’s cities are so large and mas sively developing that it’s sometimes frightening, and as hard as ever to travel independently.  There’s scarcely a word or destination written in pinyin (Romanized Chinese)—much less English—in the typical Chinese bus or train station, nor counter help equipped to deal with it verbally, something common in most of the world these days,…


Added by Earl Hardie Karges on September 4, 2012 at 2:02pm — No Comments

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