There's a new employee at Beijing Review, and it's not me. The magazine is in the process of hiring more foreign experts. The new guy, Joe Kirschke, called me over the weekend - he too was looking for a place to live. 

We talked for a while and eventually asked me where I was from. I told him Pennsylvania, the Northeast. He said he used to work in Schuylkill County, my home county, for the Pottsville Republican. He covered TAMAQUA SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS!

 I almost had to put the phone down. Here, in China, thousands of miles from home, I'd found someone who had not only heard of Tamaqua, but had covered meetings in the area. Small world.

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