On Northern Ireland and Hong Kong

Telling the story of Hong Kong from 1840-now, Northern Ireland — or the six counties of Ulster — may seem an odd place to begin. What, after all, could be further away from Hong Kong’s density, its economic fecundity, its almost magnetic international capital and trade flows, its apparently successful blending of Asian and Western traditions, sitting perpetually as it does within the nook — … Continue reading On Northern Ireland and Hong Kong

Dalai Lama in Northern Ireland: Notes on the Situation in Tibet [Updated]

This essay was originally published as “Dalai Lama struggles to retain influence over troubled Tibet,” The Irish Times (Dublin), April 22, 2012, p. 14. Northern Ireland is a long way from Tibet.  But watching the Dalai Lama cross Derry’s “Peace Bridge” this past Thursday, one could be forgiven for imagining that the two worlds were, in fact, intimately related. The Dalai Lama clearly has much inspiration … Continue reading Dalai Lama in Northern Ireland: Notes on the Situation in Tibet [Updated]