was born in 1952 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, "atop the Allegheny Mountains," and has been confused about most things ever since, except for the burning desire to get as far away as possible. After a year at the University of Pittsburgh, he dropped out and took a ship to Taiwan, where he first started teaching English and was bitten by the "China bug." He has spent the best part of his career bringing Chinese students to the U.S. and American students to China, and is now Dean of Liberal Arts at Wenzhou-Kean University. A linguist and a man of cosmic humor, he is one of the witnesses of China's stormy 1970s-80s. Follow us on thats_China @WeChat for more of his China adventures.