- Sep 10, 2022
The Dream of the Red Chamber Book Club
I’m looking out the window of my quarters, the Writer-in-Residence suite, on the second floor of the college residence hall, watching the...
- Apr 27, 2022
The Anglicising of Lao Zou
Lao Zou, that’s me: Lao means “old” in Chinese, and Zou is my name, which rhymes with “go.” The idea of lao is quite different in China...
- Apr 5, 2022
The “People” Pencil Cases of Bruce 2nd
Bruce Lee Torizawa's studio in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district is a cornucopia of patterns, colours, fabrics, images and symbols. But no...
- Jul 29, 2020
Remembering Lao Wu
Spring flowers and autumn moons; When is it to end? How many past events Can one recall? …Let me enquire: How much sorrow? Like a river...
- May 19, 2019
Last week, Friday evening, Linda and I went to a dinner, invited by a woman whom we hardly knew. It was one of those invitations to...
- May 14, 2018
An Encounter with the Sacred Vagina
Ko Papatūānuku te whaea o te whenua – Papatūānuku is the earth mother As I enter the marae-atea, the sacred open space in the front of...
- Nov 27, 2017
Life changing encounters on a tiny Pacific island
Magic may just be about connecting the dots… What else but magic would have transported me from suburban Brussels to a tiny desert island...
- Sep 24, 2017
Men in passing: in three short acts
Act one: A street encounter with manpower My small apartment on the outskirts of Tokyo was Spartan in its furnishing. All there was, when...
- Aug 12, 2017
Airport encounters: the Japan connection
October 2006 The sliding doors at Auckland Airport’s international arrivals terminal opened to let me out and into my new life in...
- Jul 5, 2017
Dr. H and her House
In Toronto in the 1970s, Colin and I started together in the Architecture school. He was about 18; I was much older, having attended...