Tashkent and Samarkand: fabled cities of the Silk Road

Tashkent and Samarkand: fabled cities of the Silk Road

If it weren’t for the travel disruptions due to Covid-19, I would have been in Tashkent yesterday (on my birthday) and Samarkand today. I'm feeling sad that I can't be there, but someday we'll travel again! Tashkent is now the modern, sprawling capital of Uzbekistan, but it was once a major...

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An adventure trip not taken

An adventure trip not taken

Ten years ago, I researched Issyk-Kul, a beautiful lake in the Heavenly Mountains of Central Asia, where I set a dramatic scene, the climax of the story of Daughter of Xanadu and Son of Venice. Today, May 8, I was supposed to visit that lake, at long last, as part of a three-week Silk Road...

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Reading this book might give humility and sympathy

Reading this book might give humility and sympathy

This book is a tour de force. Starting with a single, stunning revelation from her mother, author Helen Zia embarked on years of research, including more than 100 personal talks with survivors and their offspring, interviews with scholars, and deep dives into archives, vintage newspapers,...

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Next Stop: Shenzhen, then and now

Next Stop: Shenzhen, then and now

After a good few days in Hong Kong, visiting friends and reminiscing about my life there in the 1980s, I planned to cross the border by land and visit Shenzhen, the city just inside the China border. It was little more than a fishing village until August 1980, when Deng Xiaoping designated it to...

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Dori Jones Yang has written a wide variety of books, including historical fiction, business, inspiration, oral histories, and children’s books. A former foreign correspondent in Asia, she aims to build bridges between cultures and generations.

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