What is this blog all about?

Let China sleep, for when the dragon awakes, the world will tremble is a saying that is attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte. Are we witnessing the awaking of China? Will a dragon emerge? During this one-year sabbatical leave, I will teach at a university in Shanghai and travel through China to assess potential answers to these questions. Follow my journey as I meet people, visit cities and sites, and reflect on my understanding of this complex country.