Last year at this time, I was in Chengdu preparing for what we thought would be a week of stories about China. Stories about the glut of college students hitting the job market, about the gritty life of migrant workers, about the glorious cuisine of Sichuan, about China's love of basketball. Many of the things we'd worked on prior to the earthquake did make it to air eventually... even Melissa's kung-pao chicken lesson.
But here's one thing that did not - a short segment I produced to go with Robert's basketball story (he did get to interview Yao Ming, but did not end up spending time with a college basketball team).
Mark Hiew shooting hoops at Sichuan University
Who is Mark Hiew you're asking? Mark Hiew is a freelance writer and English teacher in Chengdu. He was born in a rural town in Australia, went to high school and college in the US, and moved to Chengdu sometime after graduation. He was a huge help to us last spring, introducing us to many of the young Chinese people Robert talked to in this segment. Mark's still in Chengdu, so hopefully we'll get to see him on this trip.