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Justin Mitchell is a cranky, aging American journalist from the People’s Republic of Boulder, Colorado and editor for The Global Times an English language newspaper in Beijing. He has previously done “PR for the PRC” at China Daily in Beijing and Shenzhen Daily and worked for the free press in Hong Kong, including The Standard and Voice of America. He’s been in China about 6 years His personal blogs, Shenzhen Zen and Son of Shenzhen Zen focus on his admittedly increased navel gazing and ignorance of what goes on in China, particularly among Chinese women and clueless expats like himself. “The usual hijinks, cultural misunderstandings, hilarity and mishaps ensue..." so expect a little irreverence for CLM Magazine.
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For the People

2114 Views | 10 Comments | 0 Articles | 12/27/2013 7:02:18 PM

I am not the first or last expat to leave China after a long stretch. Mine lasted about 10 years and while I can claim no special linguistic or unique experience beyond doing PR for the PRC — as I often describe my time working at the likes of China Daily, Global Times, China Radio International and Shenzhen Daily — I find myself often homesick and occasionally heartsick. Read more…

Imagining Valentine Street

2015 Views | 1 Comments | 0 Articles | 8/5/2012 5:39:11 AM
I’m sitting outside my suburban west Beijing apartment on a lazy summer afternoon watching the small world go by. Children skipping madly, toddlers dropping ice cream bars, parents, grandparents picking up after them, awkward skaters, svelte lovers hand-in hand, the occasional beautiful Chinese woman strolling under an umbrella, an elderly woman in a clean black and white fake Nike track suit picking slowly and painfully like an arthritic magpie through trash bins for plastic bottles, paper and cardboard. Read more…

My Little Town

2131 Views | 1 Comments | 0 Articles | 7/24/2012 7:46:34 AM
“Where are you from?” is a common icebreaker when meeting new foreigners or Chinese colleagues. I’m from Boulder, Colorado, but my answer always varies slightly. If I’m talking to an American or Canadian, I usually simply say, “Boulder.” It’s an admittedly small conceit, as if it’s LA. Or Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, or Calgary. Or DC, New York, Seattle, Philly, Chicago, Detroit or Boston. Read more…

30 Things I Miss About You

4122 Views | 17 Comments | 0 Articles | 7/8/2012 12:57:59 PM
1. Hearing you laugh like silver bells chiming. Read more…

Red Star Rising

2645 Views | 4 Comments | 1 Articles | 3/6/2012 9:42:16 PM
The call for stardom came quickly and unexpectedly as do most things in China – like earthquakes and cultural revolutions. Read more…

Doctor Feelgood

3500 Views | 4 Comments | 0 Articles | 2/9/2012 8:11:06 PM
I’m continuing to search for gainful employment in Beijing (and elsewhere in China) and I’ve been able to cobble up a few freelance gigs, which pay grocery bills though not much else. Read more…

Embryonic Journey

2309 Views | 3 Comments | 0 Articles | 2/2/2012 8:36:50 PM
Funny how karma can unexpectedly come around years later, in distant places. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen is not a household name, except with blues and jam band musicians and fans of the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, both of which he co-founded. Read more…

Adventures in Traditional Chinese Medicine

2137 Views | 6 Comments | 0 Articles | 1/4/2012 5:31:48 PM
I’m back in Beijing after nearly a year in the States being treated for colon cancer. Upon my return, a friend I’ll call B, who is a bit of a hypochondriac, suggested a visit to an eminent Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor for me. He’s so in demand that she says patients line up at 2 am in order to see him when the clinic opens at 7:30 pm. Read more…

Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown

1997 Views | 0 Comments | 0 Articles | 12/15/2011 2:40:32 PM
I can't forget it, which is why I'm returning in about 10 days. Today I had my last VA appointment with my cancer surgeon, a lovely, skillful and thoroughly professional Kashmir-native female surgeon, Dr B. Read more…

Loan Me a Dime

2085 Views | 1 Comments | 0 Articles | 11/22/2011 11:57:50 PM
I was in the backseat of a car cruising from Skaneateles, NY courtesy of my ‘cancer buddy’ a woman I’ll call E, and her husband G who had graciously taken me out on a short daytrip beyond the rancid boundaries of Syracuse for an afternoon and early evening of life on rarified side of the Finger Lakes. Read more…
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