I live at Marriott, on China High-Speed Rail, and on All Nippon Airways. On our calls my wife reminds me that I own a house on the coast in California
Say what you wish about British colonialism. Britain birthed and nurtured Hong Kong. Beijing seeks to kill it with a thousand cuts.
This is how much ANA stuffed me belly on my first flight:
When my connecting flight was delayed three hours, they gave me a $20 food voucher and I couldn’t even use it.
For the record, both Narita and Beijing Capital need crosswind runways. Soon. Maybe two each.
The water’s been getting hotter for foreigners in China since about 2002. The rate of temperature increase is rising.
I’m overfed on China’s high-speed railroads only because I bring my own hamper of (Kosher) delectables.
That said, the attendants do spoil me on the non-meal amenities.
My suggestion to everyone: bring a sack lunch just in case.
As an American I hate so much of what the Confederacy stood for: racism, division, greed, narcissism, reactionary politics, and the implicit belief that a good nation could rise on the flesh and bones of people in fetters.
Yet the misguided attempt to wipe from the face of the earth any memorial to the Americans who died in that conflict offends me as an historian.
We should never forget, nor allow our children to forget, that good, well-intentioned people die in the name of bad causes, and that it is not their cause that needs to be remembered, but the hubris that led them to the slaughter.
The problem lies not in statues or monuments, but in the way we use history and memories to teach.