We're nearing the end of the first week's shift of guest bloggers. Not rushing them off the stage: I believe that they may have a few entries still to come today.
I couldn't be more grateful to this initial group: Phil Baker, who wrote about technology, perseverance and excellence, Apple's corporate culture, and US-China manufacturing links; Paola and Jorge Guajardo, who reported from Beijing about an underappreciated bond in US-Chinese relations, the "hey, wait a minute!" factor when US legislators lecture the Chinese, and prevailing Chinese skepticism about the (preposterous) "Chinese mom" fad in the US; John Tierney, who covered politics, the postal service, and academic culture in various aspects, plus tussling with the readers, plus bringing us Pomplamoose; and Lane Wallace, who wrote about sacrifice, daring, security and security theater, and courage and achievement in fields from swimming to schoolwork to space flight, while like the other writers showing an amazing range. I feel fortunate to have these people as friends.
Appearing soon will be their successors for the coming week, another impressively varied group. We will hear from:
Xujun Eberlein, who grew up in Chongqing, in central China, where she was a child during the Cultural Revolution, and came to Boston to earn a PhD at MIT more than 20 years ago. She has worked in a tech startup and published an acclaimed collection of short stories, Apologies Forthcoming. She writes about Chinese and American literature and culture at her site Inside-Out China; more background on her here.