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I’m starting to pack for some fellowships, one of which is for China Residencies and while decluttering I came across some CDs (CDs!) from 2005 (2005!) which had photos of my lone trip to China, as a journalist covering a youth delegation to Beijing, Shanghai, and Huangzhou which aimed to foster good Sino-Philippine diplomatic ties. This was before the Beijing Olympics and China was opening its doors to the world. I can’t wait to see what has changed, to re-discover my roots, and to get scolded by lots of ahmas on the state of my Mandarin.

Also, as this was pre-social media days, who on earth are these people?! The only person I remember is the head of the youth commission who went on to be a senator. (He’s a good one, not one of those horrifying hacks you normally read about to see the decaying state of humanity.) Ah, the joy of forgetting.

I was a journalistic non-entity but was front and center here because I was the tallest.

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Ni hao, you guys! I’m honored and excited to be selected from a pool of 700 artists for the 5th Crystal Ruth Bell residency by China Residencies, from November to December in Beijing. What an awesome way to round up the year! I’m looking forward to continuing my work in climate change and sustainability with the residency theme, Nourish. The last time I was in China was more than 10 years ago, on a journalism assignment / youth ambassador thing before the Beijing Olympics, so another visit is long overdue. Let’s get this Mandarin restarted, y’all. I even have my reusable chopsticks ready.

This is the second time I applied for this grant, so kids, it just goes to show: If at first you don’t succeed, eat your feelings then try again.

Xie xie, everyone! 我很高興!

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