Leslie Forman


September 7, 2011

Joe Biden stares down Speedo-clad wrestler and names a horse in Mongolia! A quick look at Mongolia’s democracy, urbanization, and political risk.

From Google Analytics I’ve learned that lots of readers come to leslieforman.com to learn about Mongolian politics, especially the nature of its democracy, freedom of speech, and relations with the United States. So far, the lone post I have to answer these fascinating questions is this one, about George W. Bush’s visit to Mongolia in […]

July 19, 2011

My 7 Links: A Look Back at “Beyond China’s Single Story”

There’s a meme going around the Internet, especially in the travel realm. Writers from near and far are sharing links from that fit into the following seven categories. Two bloggers, Margaret at Cachando Chile and Suzy at SuzyGuese.com, tagged me. So, without further ado, here are my seven links. My Most Beautiful Post: The Mongolian Ger as […]

October 10, 2010

On “doing well & doing good” – a reaction from Mongolia

This adorable little girl lives at the ger camp in the Semi-Gobi Desert, the place where we rode camels.  I chose her photo to illustrate this post, because I think her stylish coat and practical boots exemplify the type of consumerism that improves the lives of everyday Mongolians. While I was in Mongolia, the insightful […]

October 6, 2010

George W. Bush, Liberty, and Freedom in Mongolia

President George W. Bush shakes hands with a Mongolian cultural performer. Photo:  Reuters For perhaps the first time in my backpacking life, I did not need a visa, but my fellow travelers from other countries did.  This is because the United States of America and Mongolia are friends.  When I visited the National Museum of […]

October 4, 2010

The Mongolian Ger as a Yanic Symbol

I met Sara in 2004 when she joined Gamma Phi Beta at Cal and became my first little sis.  An architecture major passionate about design and creativity, Sara often joked that the world of architecture had too many phallic symbols and not enough yanic symbols.  I remember her defining yanic as the female equivalent to […]

October 4, 2010

Chinggis Khaan, Conquerer of the World

In Mongolia, one name is ubiquitous: Chinggis Khaan (yes, that is the most commonly used transliteration.)  His name and face grace vodka bottles, energy drink cans, the international airport, cigarette packages, and so much more.  And there is no better place to feel his presence than the Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex. Photo from New York […]