Why I am a loser, and how to stop it

I remember when Barack Obama got elected. I was 13 and didn’t consciously follow the news. Back then I would only ever catch glimpses of the news when my parents watched it each night at 10PM, and I’d easily find something more interesting to do. But I do remember Obama being elected as America’s first black president, and feeling very happy about it. It seemed … Continue reading Why I am a loser, and how to stop it

The inevitable spread of ‘Chinaphobia’

The idea that ‘immigrants are coming to our country and taking our jobs’ has been given a lot of recognition over the last five years, to the delight of some and despair of others. The idea that technology is coming to our country and taking our jobs, on the other hand, is given less recognition, to the delight and despair of no one. When the … Continue reading The inevitable spread of ‘Chinaphobia’

One virus. Two continents. Two very different responses.

I’ve been back in the UK for just over a week now, having spent the last 13 months predominantly in China, but post-Corona in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Philippines. Obviously I knew what I was flying back to, and I knew that soon after hastily returning, the country was going to go into full lockdown. But lockdown is a last resort, not … Continue reading One virus. Two continents. Two very different responses.

A few potentially interesting things about China

I’ve been living in China for the last five months. Here are a few potentially interesting things I’ve observed (about Shenzhen at least – a huge city in the south that makes up a tiny part of this mega country): 1.) When it comes to technology, these guys are a step ahead. This is particularly notable here in Shenzhen. Back in the UK I had … Continue reading A few potentially interesting things about China