混血儿 (hun xue’er = mixed-blood), real name Li Zhaohua, is an American journalist based in Oakland, California. He also spends time in Beijing. Half-Chinese and half-white, he finds “I’m genetically predisposed to the crossing of cultural barriers” a useful phrase in fellowship and job applications, but would rather jam an ice-pick repeatedly into his own leg than say something like that in real life.

He also blogs regularly on China Digital Times.

["Rice Cracker" comes from a colleague from Nigeria who, beer in hand at a spring pig roast in Berkeley, looked in the author's direction then asked the assembled crowd: "What do you call someone from Utah with a Chinese father and a white mother?"]