Parting shots from China 5.0

June 1, 2016

  A collection of images from the three-week teaching junket of a latter-day Johnny Appleseed trying to spread the word of Community Journalism in China, May 2016. All photos by Jock Lauterer, otherwise known to the Chinese as “Mr. Joke.” … Continued

To Chongqing, with love

May 26, 2016

In my final hours here in Chongqing, I want to post my closing set of images from this fine old city, where Ernest Hemingway once visited, where the WWII capital of Chungking was located so as to be far from … Continued

A brief encounter with a barista named Lunch

May 25, 2016

The further adventures of Jock Lauterer, aka “Mr. Joke,” who is teaching in China this summer. The curious variation of “Jock” is due to the fact that my name is very difficult to pronounce for the Chinese, so I am … Continued

Public life in old Chongqing: better than TV

May 25, 2016

After the sweltering Chongqing sun goes town, my neighborhood of Huixing comes to life, with the streets filled with vendors, hawkers, dancers, loud speakers blaring recorded sales pitches, grandparents with babies, sidewalk cafes, couples strolling arm in arm — a … Continued

New Chinese community newspaper association proposed

May 23, 2016

Senior Lecturer Jock Lauterer of UNC-CH is teaching Community Journalism in China this May. His report from a groundbreaking seminar held in Chongqing on Saturday, May 21, follows. This is his fifth teaching/research trip to China.   Chinese media leaders … Continued

Teaching the next generation of Chinese journalists

May 19, 2016

  “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” Mark Twain It is hot. It is humid. The windows are open. There are no screens. The air does not move. An upright room air conditioner sits mute in the corner. … Continued

Return to The Don’t Worry Be Happy Hotel

May 18, 2016

I love this place. How could you not love a place called “The Don’t Worry Be Happy Hotel”? Upon returning yesterday, my third time since my first visit to Chongqing four years ago, I am greeted as returning royalty. “Aloooooh!” … Continued

Feeling right at home in old Beijing

May 17, 2016

    Beneath the spreading leaves of a bent old walnut tree nestles the modest, single-story “hutong” courtyard home of master chef Zhao Jin, 33; his jolly wife, Xiao Xiao; and their roly-poly golden retriever, Zai Zai. In a tiny … Continued