TAKING ON CHINA – a semi-finalist!!

A long time ago, I submitted TAKING ON CHINA: How I Freed My Husband From Jail – A Memoir by Karen Patterson (2020) to the North Street Book Prize 6th Annual Contest under the category of non-fiction. I found out the other day that although I did not win a money prize, my book wasContinue reading “TAKING ON CHINA – a semi-finalist!!”

Christmas Card Campaign for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor … #freechinahostages

VOA / Voice of America has suggested a Christmas Card writing campaign, started a few days ago. Feel free to write to the Chinese Ambassador to Canada, CONG Peiwu, at the following address: Ambassador CONG Peiwu, c/o The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, 515 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 5H3. ItContinue reading “Christmas Card Campaign for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor … #freechinahostages”

TAKING ON CHINA Now Available at these Bookstores in Calgary…

My book, TAKING ON CHINA: How I Freed My Husband from Jail – A Memoir by Karen Patterson – is now available at these fine bookstores. Pop in and pick up a copy: PAGES Books on Kensington – 1135 Kensington Road NW Calgary, AB – 403.283.6655 SHELF LIFE BOOKs – 1302 4th St SW Calgary,Continue reading “TAKING ON CHINA Now Available at these Bookstores in Calgary…”

CREATIVE MORNINGS: Karen Patterson

OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM: Where Canada and China Differ on Human Rights … I gave this talk about China, my book, human rights and the writing process on September 11th 2020, online zoom as part of the CREATIVEMORNINGS monthly speaker series. It was a good group and fun to talk about the book writingContinue reading “CREATIVE MORNINGS: Karen Patterson”

Biden/Harris provide hope to the 2 Canadian Michaels STILL languishing behind bars in Beijing …

Let’s see what happens, but the hope is that Biden/Harris will be able to help Canada to put the right amount of pressure on Beijing to release the 2 illegally detained Michaels, who have been behind bars with zero evidence of wrong doing for 700 days. In fact, Canada might need more than just Washington’sContinue reading “Biden/Harris provide hope to the 2 Canadian Michaels STILL languishing behind bars in Beijing …”

Interview on CKOM 650 – Saskatoon!

I will be on the John Gormley radio show on CKOM 650 on Monday August 10th at 12:05 pm MST/Calgary/Saskatoon time … I will be speaking about my book, TAKING ON CHINA: How I Freed My Husband from Jail – A Memoir by Karen Patterson, and Canada / China relations. Hosted by Mike Couros, asContinue reading “Interview on CKOM 650 – Saskatoon!”

Silence is an enabler of China’s human rights abuse

As a politician with firsthand experience of injustice, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s recent declaration that she will not remain silent on sexism because to be would “be a form of acceptance” struck a chord with millions globally, I among them. AOC as she is known – New York’s 14 th Congressional District congresswoman – said becauseContinue reading “Silence is an enabler of China’s human rights abuse”

What is the Magnitsky Act and why is it relevant now?

The present tensions, albeit escalating tensions on a daily basis, between China and the United States, calls for us to be familiar with the Magnitsky Act, as it might end up coming into effect sooner than later. I found this explanation on Wikipedia, so instead of re writing it, take a look here: “The Magnitsky Act,Continue reading “What is the Magnitsky Act and why is it relevant now?”