The Boxer Shorts Rebellion

Given that no subject in the China-based English language blogosphere gets people more excited than Chinese nationalism, it’s amazing to me that more reporters haven’t bothered to go out and report on the phenomenon’s actual origins and current adherents. And that’s why I’m so pleased that my great friend and MN compatriot Mara Hvistendhal is…

Second Sunday Lecture at St. John’s

I’m not sure how many readers I have in Central Minnesota, but if you’re out there, this post is for you – On Sunday, February 10, I’ll deliver this month’s Second Sunday lecture at St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. The announced title of my speech is “Catholicism with Shanghai Characteristics: Faith’s Future…

US Democracy in Absentia: Overseas Voters Still Count Less

On November 6, 2007, municipalities throughout the great US state of Minnesota will hold local elections for offices such as mayor, city council, and school board. These are relatively minor affairs (so long as you don’t care about street lights and education policy), and nobody outside of Minnesota is going to pay much attention to…

Minneapolis: 35W Bridge Collapse

I am currently in suburban Minneapolis, watching the televised response to the collapse of the 35W bridge over the Mississippi River. What follows are a few spot, shocked reactions to the news. Earlier this evening, roughly 10-15 minutes before the collapse, I was riding from the Minneapolis airport into downtown Minneapolis, and I passed within…