Links

LINKS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ME, OR THE TREK:

Ungern and Sternberg: This is my webcomic/art site. I update it very sporadically when I come out with new material that’s worth showing to people, but there’s lots of cool old stuff on here. Also worth checking out is www.twosmallblocks.com, an art site I had mostly in highschool and shortly after, which has really old stuff.

Photography: My Picasa page. This is mostly filled up with research photos to do with Yu County but there’s some assorted galleries of other stuff as well.

 

FRIENDS/PEOPLE I’VE MET:

Agustinus Wibowo:  Agustinus is a guy I’ve bumped into a few times in far flung places. He is from Indonesia and speaks twelve languages, including English, Chinese, Farsi, Pashto, Russian, Kyrgyz and Uzbek. He’s a great photographer, wrote two books in Indonesian on Afghanistan and Central Asia, and has generally done some amazing things, my own favorite being a particularly epic trip hitchhiking on military horse-caravans up the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan. He is also just a really nice guy and I recommend a look through his pictures and stories.

Ray Kreisels: I ran into Ray in a hostel in Urumqi. Ray speaks good Chinese and Tibetan and has spent his life alternately working for Silicon Valley IT companies, living in Darjeeling and Dharamsala, and wandering by foot and bicycle across remote stretches of the Himalaya. Particularly mind-blowing were his 2004 Pilgrimage Journeys around Tibet, during which he became the first Westerner to ever complete the Tsari Kora (if you don’t know what this is, trust me, it’s badass and dangerous as hell) and reached Lapshi across the mountains from the north, all the while illegally criss-crossing the Sino-Indian border (not to mention the Himalaya) on foot. An epic guy.

Charlie Walker: Had the honor of having dinner with this chap once in Beijing. He’d just got back from walking from Beijing to Ulan Batur across the Gobi desert, as part of his seven year bicycle/foot/horse journey around the world. He’s still at it and his blog is great fun – I recommend the pictures, they’re getting better and better.

Tian Shan Glaciers Project: Run by one Ann Piersall, known affectionately to the foreigners of Naryn Oblast as “Glacier Annie”. She has an awesome and informative blog about her year in Kyrgyzstan doing glacial research in the remote At-Bashy Range on a Fulbright Grant. I bumped into her in Naryn once and afterwards she was really helpful in responding to emails. Also she’s just badass and her blog is interesting. Now she’s a climbing guide in Denali.

Michael Woodhead: I’ve corresponded with this guy a few times over the years, and his blog is definitely worth a look for anybody interested in Tibetan travel. He’s been following the footsteps of Joseph Rock, the early 20th century American explorer and botanist who wandered all throughout the Tibetan borderlands in what’s now Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu. Michael has published a book, which you should buy.

Matthew Niederhauser: I met this guy a long time ago; he and his friends once gave me an oddball lift to Kailash in the west of Tibet. (It involved a jeep with an exploding radiator, and a daring repair-job utilizing a metal flashlight the Huizu driver bought from some nomads nearby, some wire, and water out of a puddle.) He is an really great photographer based out of Beijing and his photoblog is one of the most interesting things to do with China I’ve seen on the web.

Alex Kim: Alex is a buddy of mine from Harvard who is interested in marine biology, human population genetics, Central Asian linguistics, pseudo-histories and conspiracy theories, and pre-Columbian exchanges between Asia and the Americas. He speaks French, Korean, and Uyghur. Alex is amazing.

 

ASIATIC HISTORY/ART/ LITERATURE NERDS on the WEB

Shams-i-Bala and the Historical Shambhala Kingdom: As the title suggests, this site tries to demonstrate that Shambhala was actually Balkh.

Ethnic ChinaLit: Writing by & about the non-Han Peoples of China: The website of Bruce Humes, translator and literary commentator.

Xuan Tian Shang Di 玄天上帝: Sadly no longer publishing, this is a site by a fellow obsessed with the High Emperor of the Dark Heavens, a Daoist deity.

Quadralectic Architecture: A Panoramic Review: I have no idea what this person is talking about, but it involves some Asian architecture and also the number four.

Asianart.com: The On-line Journal for the Study and Exhibition of the Arts of Asia.

Bibliography on Religious Culture in 20th Century China: Useful list put together by Barend ter Haar, a professor at Oxford.

The Somewhat Less Than Critical Commentaries: “A series of websites devoted to Chinese classical novels, created by David Keffer.”

Heathen Chinese: “Diasporic Chinese polytheism, mythology, history, and worship.” A lot of interesting stuff about Chinese folk religion.

Radium Tam: Radium Tam blogs about Chinese architecture and preservation. She’s badass.

Early Tibet: “Notes, thoughts, and fragments of research on the history of Tibet”. The blog of Sam van Schaik, author of a recent popular history of Tibet.

Thor Bu: Curiosia Indo-Tibetica: “Textual and visual odds and ends from India, Tibet, and around.”

The Lost Yak: Blog of a graduate student in Tibetan studies at UVA.

Tibet Archaeology: John Vincent Bellezza’s website. Changtang and Zhangzhung archaeology. Badass.

Chinese Manuscripts: “Chinese paleography and epigraphy”. Lot of stuff about Dunhuang texts here.