Author Profile: Kelly West

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I'm a graduate student in photojournalism, trying to learn as much about multimedia as possible. I love visual storytelling, meeting new people, and queso.
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Slacklining: Achieving a balance in Beijing –      for fun, exercise and existential delight

Slacklining: Achieving a balance in Beijing – for fun, exercise and existential delight

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[13 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

And you thought walking a tightrope was hard. The sport of slacklining developed in the 1980s in the United States and is gaining popularity around the world. It has been slow to catch on in China, however, a country not known for freedom of expression or citizens trying their hand – or feet – at out-of-the-ordinary sports. But at least one Beijinger, Rio Zhang, is trying it out, and he talks about his experience with this extreme pastime.
Says Zhang: “I think when you try to balance your body, it helps to balance your mind.”

Beijing musicians: Not so far from home

Beijing musicians: Not so far from home

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[8 Jun 2009 | One Comment | ]

East Gulou Road in central Beijing is the place to find struggling musicians.