Personal News

I had planned to continue with my series of misfortunate events in my “Beijing Diary” feature. However, last week I lost my uncle, Howard Nevison.

He had an impressive career in music, in Opera, and as a Cantor, in North America, Europe, and Israel. He had also been accused (falsely) of a monstrous crime, hideous enough to have destroyed his career and his name.

Uncle Howard was always supportive of my creative and artistic endeavors. He was an emotional support when my father died, and even supported me financially in times of duress.

I don’t want to say much more, except that I never recognized any evil in him. To me, he was simply my beloved uncle.
I will miss him.

And it pains me that I am trapped in China, unable to have attended his funeral, or sit shiva with my family.

You can read more about his life and career here.

Regular service will be resumed next week.

About Michael Butchin

I was born, according to the official records, in the Year of the Ram, under the Element of Fire, when Johnson ruled the land with a heavy heart; in the Cradle of Liberty, to a family of bohemians. I studied Chinese language and literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. I spent some years in Taiwan teaching kindergarten during the day, and ESOL during the evenings. I currently work as a high school ESOL teacher, and am an unlikely martial artist. I have spent much of my life amongst actors, singers, movie stars, beautiful cultists, Taoist immortals, renegade monks, and at least one martial arts tzaddik. I currently reside in Beijing's Dongcheng district
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