CBC’s Homestretch Interview …

I just received word from the producer of CBC’s HOMESTRETCH afternoon program that I will be chatting with Doug Dirks on Friday July 24th 2020 around 3:30 pm or so about my book, TAKING ON CHINA: How I Freed My Husband from Jail – A Memoir by Karen Patterson. You can tune in on https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio?radio_one=calgary&cbc_music=edmontonContinue reading “CBC’s Homestretch Interview …”

MAOISM: A Global History by Julia Lovell (2019)

Not a short read, by any stretch, but what I feel to be an important read … very thorough on the history of Maoism outside of China’s borders, debunking the myth/impression that China keeps to herself – India, Indonesia, Cambodia, countries across Africa, Nepal, Europe and Peru – among others – have been influenced byContinue reading “MAOISM: A Global History by Julia Lovell (2019)”

Front page of the National Post: June 25th 2020 …

In late June 2020, I received an email from a journalist with The National Post who was interested in interviewing me for a front page story he was running on China, Canada and the 2 detained Michaels in Beijing. He wanted my opinion and my book to feature in the article. Naturally, I agreed toContinue reading “Front page of the National Post: June 25th 2020 …”

Betwixt and Between: there are more options to breaking the dead lock

My thoughts on this whole situation this morning are as follows. Perhaps Canada can find another ‘Achilles tendon’ of China and go after that WITHOUT having to release Meng Wanzhou … releasing Meng now is not a smart move for a myriad of reasons, one of which is because our next door neighbor to theContinue reading “Betwixt and Between: there are more options to breaking the dead lock”

Do Chinese ‘activists’ want to seek asylum or stay in China?

Yes, he does, and it is a mis-interpretation that all activists or those illegally detained etc want political asylum out of China … in fact, it is China reform (be it political [but not necessarily democracy], and the legal system renovated, etc) they want, not to leave their country. He has a tough decision toContinue reading “Do Chinese ‘activists’ want to seek asylum or stay in China?”

Human Rights Video – Showcasing Wu Yuren’s struggle and detention …

Shannon Van Sant (US documentary maker) has recently won the Amnesty International’s Award for Best Human Right’s documentary, with her version of the land claim struggle faced by many artists in mainland China in the recent times, including Wu Yuren, Gao Brothers, Ai Weiwei, Guo Jian and others. Take a look! I cry everytime IContinue reading “Human Rights Video – Showcasing Wu Yuren’s struggle and detention …”