Thomas is a Canadian who works hard in international development (and exploitainment). His first post is in Vietnam where he is tasked with contriving convincing planning and progress reports to ensure that his federally-funded company continues to bank coin through “infrastructure development”. All the while, he falls in love with Vietnam, the people and their ways. Unrequited and unfortunately, his hard work begets hard time(s) as he is dismissed from his creative writing job, and thereby Vietnam, on charges of “immoral behavior”. A victim of love, he rambles throughout Asia, from country to country, and girl to girl, fueled by one bottle after another, trying his worst to emulate the frivolous meanderings of his far more successful author friend, Grant. Along this journey, from Thailand, to South Korea, to Indonesia, to Vietnam with double-backs, he strives to re-realize his long-lost goal of finding the one woman with whom he can finally settle down; a life-partner who will not only allow for his perverse proclivities, but also finally put them to rest. Could a final jaunt, this one to China – a land of over half a billion women – partner him with that one woman who can finally contain his affections?
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Gordon has been living in Asia for over 20 years working as an editor for magazines, newsletters and university theses as well as teaching at the university level throughout South Korea and China. He takes himself about as unseriously as the people around him do and the that is most definitely his most personal chicken-egg quandary. He writes mostly to entertain himself and to ward off the daily frustration of wading through oblivious throngs of people not so ensconced in their own pointless awareness of everything.