Published Articles

1. Articles Published in Newspaper and Magazines     Room-Housing the Working Poor in Scarborough (2008)     Fun With Frugality (2007)     Growing Up Gay In China (2003)     Livin’ La Polo Homo (2001)     Addicted to Adventure (2000)     My Trip To Banff (1991)     Teaching Tolerance in English Classes (1990)   2. Articles Published on Web Sites  From the “Lhasa […]

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From the “Lhasa Protests” to “Tiananmen Massacre”

As I read and watched the media coverage of Tibetan “protesters” unleashing their “pent-up” anger against Han civilians in Lhasa on March 14, 2008, I sensed sympathetic sentiment from the reporters who portrayed violent acts as a “test” to “Beijing’s grip” on Tibet, while the victims were almost invisible in their coverage. Unbalanced coverage, I […]

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Dr. Ho – Victim of Politics

Now: Re Searching for Dr. Ho (Now, February 6-12, 1997). As a scientist, I am appalled by the degree that politics penetrates and attempts to interfere with scientific research. David Ho did not ask to be Time’s man of the year.  Neither has he forced others to believe his findings.  Even his opponents credit him […]

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Chinese Rights

 NOW: In this unprecidented visit of a grand Canadian delegation to China, with more than $8 billion of sales of Canadian technology and its resulting creation of thousands of jobs at home, many Canadians are justifiably expecting that our prime minister will also address the human rights issue to his hosts in Beijing.  So am […]

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Mother Would Use What I Have Saved

 Being a new Canadian citizen, Canada’s tough new policy on family reunion immigration didn’t bother me because my widowed mother has never been interested in immigrating to Canada.  She enjoys living in an environment where she can read, write, listen to and speak the language with ease. After reading Catherine Lu’s Nov. 29 Opinion page […]

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Preying

 As an echo to the article, “‘Destructive cult’ active on campus”, November 30, I would like to tell you that I Had an unhappy experience with religious cults.  Last year shortly after my arrival at the St. George campus from China, I was invited to a Bible study group by a U of T student.  […]

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Fun With Frugality

My mother and I are walking along China’s premier shopping street, Nanjing Road in Shanghai. The store signs of famous brands such as Aldo, Pizza Hut, Swarovski and Tiffany and the frequent appearance of “foreigners” – Caucasians and others –carrying their shopping bags across the spotlessly stone-paved pedestrian street make me feel as thpough I […]

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Growing Up Gay In China

A couple of itinerant families had come to our neighbourhood from a remote province.   They specialized in puffing up the wadding in old cotton quilts.  Among them was a boy slightly taller and older than me.  (I was nine year old.)  He had spiky hair, a ruddy complexion and a pair of beautiful rabbit eyes.  His […]

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Livin’ La Polo Homo

Mike Crosby is in the locker room of the University of Toronto pool.  He wraps a colourful towel around his waist, wiggles his blue swimsuit off one foot at a time, then pulls a pair of checkered boxers up behind the towel.  Awfully shy behaviour for a young man who came out to his teammates […]

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Addicted to Adventure

Under a blazing sun, I walk on grey sand by the Atlantic Ocean, in bare feet and half naked, with a blue surfboard under one arm.  This is the second to last day of my one-week surf-apprentice trip.  But I’ve stood up on the board only twice.  I look at my bloody right foot, where […]

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