What I learned from self-publishing a friend…

Hey, this is Hamish. I wanted to tell you about my friend Justin. Justin, who’s in his early sixties, is attempting to recover from cancer, along with a litany of other physical ailments, and lives in his son’s house in Colorado. But I first met him in Hong Kong, where I lived from 2006 to 2010, and where he lived in between stints in mainland China. He was one of the first people I got in touch with in Hong Kong because a friend had told me about his blog, Shenzhen Zen. Justin was working for a Hong Kong newspaper at the time, but he did some of his best writing for the blog, where he wrote meta-commentary about his day job as a reporter, cultural observations about life as an American trying (in vain) to make sense of the Middle Kingdom, and about his budding lovelife with a woman he called C, who was the embodiment of a new China: ambitious, determined, confident.

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