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Big in China Excerpt: Into the Great Wide Open. Guizhou, China with Kids

—This post is adapted from Chapter 8 of Big In China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising A Family, Playing The Blues and Becoming A Star in China (Harper). Click here to buy. Copyright 2011 by Alan Paul.   There are countless motivations for…
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Big in China Excerpt 3 - Rough Travel with Kids

Well, the Panda Dad vs. Tiger mom brouhaha has taken off over on WSJ.com and that's a good thing, boosting my recognition, etc. But it has also overshadowed the fact that I also posted a Big in China excerpt over there.  It's about our family…
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Travel Guide Column

The Stresses and Rewards Of Playing the Tour Guide July 4, 2008 I wear a lot of different hats: father, columnist, blogger, Olympics reporter, bandleader. But the most challenging and at times anxiety-provoking is tour guide. I'm…
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Wild Great Wall Hike

Becky's parents, little sister Jenny and Aunt Judy arrived yesterday afternoon. They are only in Beijing for a few days as we are all leaving for Sichuan early Weds. morning and they are then continuing on without us.…
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Last week's column, with pics

Buying a New Year's Day sugar cane. Anna and friends. Notice how bundled up they are. Chinese people think we are committing child abuse to have an open coat like this. Fireworks stand near our house. There were many of these. Experiencing…
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Last week's column

The forums for this were really interesting. The Ultimate Endurance Test: Trans-Pacific Flight With Kids January 5, 2007 Please forgive me if my words lack a bit of zip or even coherence. I am writing from deep within a daze, which is…
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Last column

This is the first and last at least for a while edited on a Blackberry (Becky's) at approx. 12,000 feet -- inside Up4Pizza, atop Snowmass Mountain. Family Beckons: Heading Home for the Holidays December 22, 2006 The holiday season can…
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My last column

A Return Stateside Brings An Elusive Sense of Home August 18, 2006 I am writing this column from Maplewood, N.J., sitting at my aunt and uncle's kitchen table, right in the heart of the cozy little neighborhood we called home for eight…
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Previous column

Friends Come and Go As Expat Families Relocate July 20, 2006 This is the transient time of the year in a notoriously transient community. School is out, summer is here and people are on the move. Friends and acquaintances have departed…
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My last column

Comforts, and Discomforts, Of Domestic Assistance June 23, 2006 A business trip recently took my wife to Taiwan for a few days. Plotting strategy for solo parenting, I found myself thinking back a few months to the last time she left. I…