Sometimes, I confess I do dwell on the past, and after completing my first year of graduate school at the University of Washington, I knew I had a difficult choice to make. While I was so overwhelmed that year at UW GSPA, I realized I was doing a disservice to myself and to my amazing professors. I was performing well in each of the classes, but realized I was spending too much money on these graduate classes yet too often missing classes to jet set across the Pacific to Asia. Sometimes I need to write things down in order to affirm I made the right decision for myself. So no more dwelling; here it goes.
This junk in Kowloon Bay is an iconic symbol of the city of Hong Kong. In a way, it also represents my years in the 90s as a young writer – an old crickety boat floating among the booming high rises of imposing commerce. Lol. Yup, I very much felt like an old junk in Kowloon Bay. And today, I’ve come full circle, as a freelance technology writer for Northwest Asian Weekly. If you ever decide to become a writer, you can expect to make just enough income to subsist, but experience some amazing, at times perilous life experiences.
In the 90s, I co-published and wrote for the Asia Pacific Economic Review, which was published by the Asia Pacific Chamber of Commerce, a boutique business organization whose goal was to bridge the gap between U.S. and Asia. My friend partners at the time were Mick Matsuzawa and Ross Knudson. The memories of those years as a young twenty- something trying to trudge my way through life were magical, and here are a few of those experiences. The photos can be poor quality, as I used disposable cameras in remote areas, and I am not much of a photographer. 🙂 Pictured below are Vietnamese Trade Minister Le Van Triet, business leaders from Seattle, and then Washington state Governor Mike Lowry.
China Supreme Court Justice Zhong Yi Fei visit to Seattle. Justice Fei co-authored China’s original intellectual property laws. There were some productive meetings with Howard Lincoln and Bill Neukom. Piracy protection in China lingers but has much improved.
Travel to Asia included frequent visits to the media capital of Asia, Hong Kong (see top photo). I remain a business acquaintance with the folks at SCMP.com and Kuok Koon Cheng, South China Morning Post, and the Kuok Group. This originated in Tokyo where I attended Jo-Ochi Daigaku (Sophia University). There, I started a long time friendship with Rufo Colayco (who worked his way up to become President of the Kuok Group Properties and Kerry Trading in his younger years). This served me well in my internet days as they both invested in FreeInternet.
Sea-Tac Airport – The first photo features CD covers of Pearl Jam by Muni One. Mono no aware in Japanese means the awareness of the impermanence of everything, and acceptance of things as they are. The second photo shows samples of the Chihuly glass productions.
Bass guitar was originally invented in Seattle native Paul Tutmarc developed this instrument in the early 1930s, although he didn’t receive much recognition or success from it. It became more revolutionary after Fender and Fullerton’s rendition came out shortly after in the 1950s (source: onlyinyourstate.com).