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In Asia

A Collection of Poems from Hiraeth and Ubuntu:
The Poetry of David Williams ~ An Anthology, 2003-2023

An Indian Summer

Taking time off from a lecture tour of India, we visit Rajasthan, from the Taj Mahal to the Pink City of Jaipur. The contrasts of poverty and splendor are profound; so too are the expectations of life.

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Chattra Sagar

On that same journey in India, we find a remarkable village, with a tented hotel on the shores of a reservoir, and centuries-old images.

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Promises in the Wind

On a brief visit to Hong Kong to advise government on research strategy, the tension with the mainland is palpable; soon to lead to unrest and student occupations.

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The Marshes of Pudong

Our first experience of China came in 2005: Shanghai, a city of old European concessions, now alive with power and money, especially on the Pudong side of the Huangpu River.

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The Tiananmen Shroud

Back to China and the contrast that Beijing, with its historical and political power, has to offer, compared to Shanghai, with its financial prowess.

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Kazakhstan Crossroads

A short visit to Kazakhstan, to give some lectures, just before the long hard winter set in, revealed just how far this former Soviet country, in the Steppes of Asia, has come since independence, but raised questions about contrasts between old habits and oil-fueled progress.

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- David F  Williams