Austin Shiner
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SHINER: Gay night in Singapore

“You know that Sunday night is gay night, right?” My friend wanted to make sure I knew what I was getting into. I didn’t, but […]

Group says Yale invests irresponsibly

Organizers of the Responsible Endowment Project on Monday accused Yale of placing endowment dollars in ethically questionable investments and called on the University to curtail […]

Media Slave

By Austin Shiner BEIJING, China, 12:37 p.m. — My close range perspective has defined my Olympic experience. Although I’ve seen the athletes and venues in person […]

American palate

By Austin Shiner BEIJING, China, 11:03 p.m. — I don’t care for McDonalds. Everything on the menu tastes the same: soft textured protein and carbs, occasionally with a […]

Sexed-up karaoke: awkward

By Austin Shiner BEIJING, China, 7:31 p.m. — “Which do you think is the prettiest?” I was shocked. “They’re all very attractive,” I said with […]

Olympic machinery

By Austin Shiner BEIJING, China, 12:30 p.m. — The Olympic Green Archery Field was somewhere in North Beijing — that I knew. The hundreds of blue […]

Rainy day (with presidential entertainment)

By Austin Shiner BEIJING, China, 9:54 a.m. — Late summer usually brings heavy rains to Beijing, yet the first three weeks of my stay saw zero […]

Without a hitch

By Austin Shiner BEIJING, China, 12:01 a.m. — John Williams’ “Olympic Centennial: Summon The Heroes” makes me cry. Every time. This Olympics was no exception […]

Hong Kong stops, only when it rains

By Ruth Kim HONG KONG, China, 5:28 p.m. — There’s been a lot of rain these two past months in Hong Kong, but those storm […]

Games Time

By Austin Shiner BEIJING, China, 4:03 p.m. — Four hours and counting. This city is ready — you may have read that surface-to-air missiles guard […]

Gastronomic Globalization

By Austin Shiner BEIJING, China, 3:16 p.m. — Culinary variety indicates globalization. It makes sense: restauranteurship is a good option for immigrants adjusting to a […]