Directed by
Jason Reid
Produced by

The Fixer..

Christine Boyle: Born and raised in Lake City, Seattle. Home girl to the bone.  She has been an invaluable friend here in Peking.  Christine has helped the ManZou team line up interviews, cell phones, Skype, good food, bike shops, tourist sites, drinking establishments, new friends, cultural rules…just about everything.  She has made the transition from Seattle to China very easy. Thank goodness we have Christine!!!

She is a STAR!!

Christine is a STAR!!

Christine is here working on her fulbright fellowship, researching water resource policy in China. Also she is a Doctoral Student at the University of North Carolina. Our presence here in Beijing has distracted her from her hard work.

Tonight we are celebrating Mid Autumn Festival.  Having a great meal with new friends.

Red Jason..getting ready for a 1200 mile bike ride!

Red Jason..getting ready for a 1200 mile bike ride!

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One Response to “The Fixer..”

  1. nova Says:

    Great pictures and stories. Such an amazing trip so far….this is just the begininng…..!

Man Zou is a common phrase in Mandarin. It is more of a philosophy than anything. Man Zou literally translates to "Walk Slow."

"Slow and steady wins the race," they say. This is at the heart of the meaning of Man Zou. Walk slowly and you won't fall. Act carefully and you won't go wrong. A slow walker is faster than someone who walks fast but always has to stop and rest. Persistence is important in learning or doing anything.

To explain a little more in depth, read this quote from The Challenge of Trekking in China by Kyle Acierno:

"I recently underwent the most thorny, intricate, and demanding trek of my life. China is no walk in the park. The county is extremely diverse, and with diversity comes complexity. There is no smooth road laid for backpackers and attempting to do anything or get anywhere can be incredibly arduous...I really needed a break and I didn't know where I would be next. I sat down to a plate of rice noodles and peanuts. A hardy meal for a hardy man. A giant of a woman served me, but with her giant body came a giant heart. With a quick phrase that I have become accustomed to, she filled me with self-assurance that I needed for the rest of my trip. ?Man Zou!? she shouted with a big smile on her face. This literally translates to ?Walk Slow?. To me this means more then just ?be careful.? To me this means take the time to see the wonders of life. The power it gave me changed the rest of my trip. From then on everything went smoothly...I learned a lot from this Trek. I learned the beauty that exists just off the beaten track. I learned that anything amazing takes time. I learned just how much you could learn from people without even using language...By taking the time to notice all the small things in life you can really appreciate who, where, and what you are. Patience, persistence, and practice makes perfect."