The stereotype of Texas involves more than Western attire. It’s an attitude — a certain swagger.
The nation’s poverty rate is at its highest level since 1991, but poverty in Texas is even worse. Check out this blog post I wrote for The Texas Observer on the troubling new poverty data.
My final story for ChinaInFocus.net explores the organic and sustainable food movements in Shanghai, which remain within the financial reach of a privileged minority.
Both microblogging giants—Twitter in the West and Sina Weibo in China—have become bastions of global social-media culture. But the two platforms are not equally free and open.
As middle- and upper-class Americans increasingly seek out organic, local and sustainably produced foods, the prosperous villagers of Xiejiaqiao outside the Chinese city of Hangzhou are eagerly abandoning the hard labor and time commitment of subsistence farming for a market-based food system.
Check out my latest story on ChinaInFocus.net, about the younger generation’s preference for bottled teas and sodas over the traditional, time-consuming Chinese tea ritual. Below are some additional tea-related photos I took while reporting the story.
Most industry experts agree that Texas wine artisans have a way to go before they can compete internationally with the world’s major wine producing regions, but few can deny the progress that’s been made in recent years by a small population of entrepreneurs with a great love of wine and a Texas-sized dream.