About Us

August 2nd, 2021

The mission of Hidden Harmonies is to articulate and seek out Chinese perspectives, smart perspectives, and translations of Chinese perspectives from around world. It is run by people who love China. It is about fostering a community of intellectual and influential citizens from around the world interested in China to comment, discuss, praise or critique (as the case may be) a world that is fast-changing.

All contributors write on a voluntary basis with no compensation; those who write are driven to do so by their conscience, and nothing else. We are completely unaffiliated with any government, political party, or movement. The root of Hidden Harmonies is FoolsMountain, which was previously known as (had its roots in) Blog4China.

Introduction in Chinese: 中国博客: “探索和谐”, 欢迎你


Allen [editor] – Born in Taiwan to a native Taiwanese family, Allen has made the U.S. his home since 1980. While Allen has been raised on a completely western education and was brought up in Taiwan to loathe the communists, Allen is nevertheless fascinated by and sympathetic to the changes going on in mainland China – changes that offer the first hope of real change for a wide swath of humanity formerly stuck in poverty. Allen has the heart of a Chinese, the education of a Westerner, and deep family ties in Taiwan – and hopes his perspectives will be among one of many bridges that will need to be built between the West and China in the 21st century.  Allen is co-founder to the blog.  (allen@hiddenharmonies.org)

Larry Romanoff (龙信明) [guest] is a retired management consultant and businessman. He has held senior executive positions in international consulting firms, and owned an international import-export business. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai’s Fudan University, presenting case studies in international affairs to senior EMBA classes. Mr. Romanoff lives in Shanghai and is currently writing a series of ten books generally related to China and the West. He can be contacted at: 2186604556@qq.com. He is also a frequent contributor to Global Research.

Black Phoenix [editor] – Black Phoenix was born in Shanghai, China but has since made the US his home. He has studied at both the University and Graduate School level in the US and worked as an engineer for a large international semiconductor company in the US. Black Phoenix currently practices law the US. A life-long student of human history, Black Phoenix hopes his unique perspectives will bring insight to many issues surrounding the rise of China (link.edout@hotmail.com).

Ray [author] – Ray is a 4th generation overseas Chinese born in Malaysia. He got an engineering degree from the US, and has extended family relation all the way from mainland, Taiwan, US, Canada, to Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and he has also worked and lived in several of those countries. He has no desire to see the decline of the west but is disappointed with the misrepresentation of China in the mainstream western press. He believed that a region which promotes freedom and equality should be held to the standard they advocated and want to see relationship between countries progress in a positive non-confrontational manner. He sincerely believed that a more balanced view is required in the western press.

Maitreya Bhakal [author]: Maitreya is an Indian commentator who writes about China, India, US, and global issues. He tweets at @MaitreyaBhakal and writes occasional opinion pieces at RT (Russia Today), China Daily, CGTN, and other outlets.

Mr. Unknown [author]: At a young age, Mr. Unknown immigrated to the US from China with his parents. He has had an unusual combination of experiences ever since – an enlistment in the US Army after high school, and a business development job in Russia after college. These experiences prompted him to reexamine pervasive political dogmas in modern western societies. Mr. Unknown recently completed his graduate studies in business and environmental science. He is a finance analyst at a tech company, and hopes to advance his career in China and/or the former USSR at some point.

Recent Emeritus Contributors:

YinYang (阴阳) [editor] – In Chinese philosophy, Yin and Yang (阴阳) represents duality. Rather polar opposites, they are complementary. Everything has a bit of Yin and a bit of Yang. Like a pendulum, there is no permanence. The Daoist symbol is also a great depiction. That said, YinYang seeks to understand our world in a non-permanent way. YinYang is co-founder to the blog. (yinyang@hiddenharmonies.org)

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