China has fascinated me ever since we studied the building of the Great Wall and the history of the Long March at School. So when I got the opportunity to study Chinese History at SOAS I grabbed it.
My name is Adam. I have a degree in Chinese History from SOAS (The London school of Oriental and African Studies), and a Masters in International Politics focused on Chinese Foreign Policy from the same university.
My degree specialized in Chinese Modern history from the Opium Wars to the Cultural Revolution. I wrote my thesis about the causes of the Opium Wars. However, a lot of my research was on the rise of the Chinese Communist Party and how it took power by surrounding the cities from the countryside.
My Master’s degree focused on the modern day workings of the Chinese Communist Party and my thesis was about Cross-straits relations between China and Taiwan.
I began studying Chinese at the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas in Madrid in 1994 with Profesor (esp) Li. At SOAS, I continued with my Chinese languages with the renowned professor Ping-cheng T’ung. In the evenings, I went to evening classes at the University of Westmminster and had extra classes with the wonderful teacher Lillian Chen.
I received a scholarship from Taiwan 台湾 to study one summer at the Political University (政治大学(政大 ) in Taipéi 臺北市 (Táiběi Shì 台北).
Margie and I have travelled to China 16 times. The first time was for 6 months in 1990/1991 and since 2000 we have visited China almost every year for two months (See maps). My travelling companion and collaborator is Margie. Danny is our invaluable help with any technical difficulties with Holachina.com.
As for China, I guess we kind of like the place!
I am Margie, Adam’s wife and travelling Companion. Like Adam, I share his interest in China and share his curiosity to explore all parts of this fascinating country.