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Arkhangai Aimag, Mongolia

In 1941, in conjunction with a massive literacy drive and political expediency, Mongolia had replaced its centuries-old written language with a modified version of the Cyrillic alphabet. Fifty years later, in classrooms all across the country, the ancient script was making a comeback.

 

Guangxi Province, China

Old and black and seemingly indestructible, bicycles are as much fixtures of Chinese life as electric light switches are of an American day, invisible in their ubiquity.

 

Bich Dong, Vietnam

It was an indecisive realm of mellifluous soil that parted before the advancing prow of our shallow skiff, a realm of waters so thick they are the liquid cousins of the land. … Everywhere, conical straw hats bobbed above backs bent in the perpetual planting and plucking of a life sustained from the earth.

 

 

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by bicycle across Mongolia, China & Vietnam