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Tom Carter was born and raised in the City of San Francisco but has called China home since 2004. An inveterate vagrant who flirts with pictures and words, Tom spent 2 straight years backpacking a groundbreaking 35,000 miles across all 33 Chinese provinces, and was named “one of China’s foremost explorers” by The World of Chinese magazine. His first book, CHINA: Portrait of a People, has been hailed as the most comprehensive book of photography on modern China ever published by a single author. His forthcoming anthology, Unsavory Elements, focuses on the lives of foreign expats in China.

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Entries by Tom Carter

Shanghai's Disappearing Doorways

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 9:59 AM

Infamed for centuries as a Gateway to China for its prime port location at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai's renowned as an international settlement and commercial hub are directly attributed to the municipality's distinctive "open-door policy."

And yet, it is this same progressive thinking that has, in recent...

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Shanghai Girls Gone Copy-Catty

(4) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 2:08 PM


In a culture not especially heralded for its innovation nor respect of intellectual property rights, mofang (copycatting) has become China's ultimate cliché. But what does it say about the state of literature when writers are so desperate for readers that they resort to...

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Of Peasants With Pitchforks: Inside China's Villages

(13) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 12:01 PM

For the past few years I have been living in a farming village in southeast China. It is the same village where my wife, who is Chinese, was born. It is the village where we were married last year, and it is the village where our firstborn was recently delivered....

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