On medieval maps, where the known world ended, monks used to name unknown places “Here Be Dragons”. More than half a millennium later, this still holds true. Where everything is different from what you’re used to, dragons are indeed what you’ll encounter. In perfect solitude.
It is a misconception that people around the world tend to be more alike. Only on the outside we look more like each other. We are and should be different. There’s nothing bad about that. Common ground is always within eyesight. At least, if that is what you’re open to.
I am Daan Bauwens and I like to surround myself with dragons of all sorts. I work my way through life with creative non fiction and investigative journalism. My mission to write about what I hold true – combined with providence – has led me to Milan, Tel Aviv, Casablanca, Diyarbakir, Brussels, Tokyo, Kyoto and now New York City. I was born and raised in the Kingdom of Belgium, possibly the most central country in the world. “The Chronicles” is a series of reflections on the Other. The dragon. Whether that applies to the ones surrounding me or me being the alien in their midst. The series consists – for the most part – of experiences that truly happened, described with detail from my own memory and experience. Beware: truth and facts are not always synonymous.
The Japan Chronicles is a collection of events happening to me while researching Japanese business culture and accidentally stumbling into Zen. These – often absurd and sometimes dramatic – events were recorded in 2012-2013 and are currently being turned into a novel that is set for publication in the course of 2016.
The New York chronicles are being experienced as we speak, on a one year stay in New York City researching multiculturality and racial tensions in the world’s most diverse city. I do take suggestions from readers on where to go to and what to experience.