(SoL 3) Want to see how I live?

Today a link (below) to the NEXT episode of the new documentary series “Summer of Life” /景颇夏天 by director Xie Mengqian. Whereas Parts 1 and 2 focused on the adventures of our students, Part 3 and (next week’s) Part 4 depicts me and my wife Li Yang’s daily…

(SoL 2) Michael Jackson and the Shaman

Today part TWO (link below) of the documentary series Summer of Life 景颇夏天 by Xie Mengqian (c), about another selection of our students, boys this time. The protagonists of this episode are two Jingpo village boys, best friends though sometimes competitors, each a miraculous Michael Jackson interpreter in his own…

(SoL 1) Summer of Life 景颇夏天 documentaries on-line!

It is just a matter of fact that we DO attract a lot of media attention. Just by being what we are and doing the things we do: our nonprofit organization Prop Roots and the story of my long connection to the Jingpo/Zaiwa area (China-Myanmar borderland). We have never…

Fresh noodles, gossip, heroine

Every five days is Market Day around here and from now on I will try to keep to a similar rhythm for posting on this blog. On market day, the local farmers go down, packed on tractors, motorcycles and some on foot to sell their products and buy the goods…

Puppetry for Grandpa

How good it was to be back in the lush and green Loilung village, my “second home”. I have spent many years in this Zaiwa/Jingpo ethnicity village, if I count up all those separate periods I did research and lived here since the early 1990’s. Having based ourselves…

Spring Camp 2014, opening with big Manau dance!

A large group from Tsinghua International Middle School in Beijing came visiting our Prop Roots center. They came to meet the local Zaiwa/Jingpo kids, that appeared in large numbers. It was a great success. Youth of both sides got along wonderfully and did a lot of interesting and fun…