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Dan Shapiro

Multilingual digital & print journalist, editor, producer, and composer; currently based in Los Angeles, with stops in Paris, Shanghai, San Francisco, Boston, New York, and New Jersey.

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RADII | Culture, Innovation, and Life in today's China
04/08/2019
Is this Female Fighter China's Best Hope for a UFC Title?

Don't call Zhang Weili the best mixed martial artist in China. She's too humble and too self-aware for such hyperbole. But the 29-year-old fighter from Hebei Province may just be the mainland's best bet to become China's first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) world champion.

Roadtrippers
10/31/2018
I conjured up a ghost-and nearly lost an eye-at LA's most-haunted hotel

I'm not exactly sure where this dark streak started. Somehow, though, it's led me here, submerged up to my chin in a bath of milk, salt, and sugar, chasing ghosts at the Chateau Marmont. The sweet and sticky finish from the white ceramic tub creates an afterglow on the skin that only the dead can see.

CNN
What's it like to eat at the world's best sushi bar?

Heralded as a Japanese national treasure, Jiro Ono, 86, is the first sushi chef in the world to receive three Michelin stars, and is the proprietor of the world's most celebrated sushi restaurant, Tokyo's Sukiyabashi Jiro.

NY Daily News
Mayweather vs. McGregor turned out to be more than just hype

LAS VEGAS - Looking in the rear-view mirror, the fighting world has been changed for the better because of what Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor achieved together. Capturing the attention of the entire world, Mayweather and McGregor made history with their "Money Fight" on Saturday night.

CNN
US baseball's opening day heads to Japan | CNN Travel

With professional football eclipsing baseball as America's pastime, and Japan's dominance at the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics (WBC), is it time to proclaim Japan as the world's ichi-ban baseball country? No doubt U.S.

Fightland
MMA in China Uncensored | FIGHTLAND

Starting a mixed martial arts organization is a risky endeavor. Promoters invest sizeable fortunes in advertising, building infrastructure, conducting detailed market research, and doing rigorous strategic planning to command market share. But in China, a country where thousands of ex-pats are currently faking it till they make it, why bother with the business plan?

CNN
China's first lady of tattoo

In a nation of 1.3 billion-plus people, Zhuo Danting (卓丹婷), is as original as they come. A tattoo artist by profession, 28-year-old Zhuo, a native of Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, is perhaps the most instantly recognizable resident of Shanghai: her fluorescent green, floppy mohawk and heavily-inked frame -- skull, neck, chest, arms and hands all covered with black tats -- distinguish her as a counterculture icon of sorts.

CNN
The Little Punk of Shanghai's rock scene

Trapped in between hundreds of drunk and sweaty Shanghai live music fans in Shanghai's intimate Yuyintang livehouse, and the metal pipe partitions at the edge of the venue's stage, a petite figure, barely five feet tall and 85 pounds soaking wet, thrashes her limbs about, dancing, frantically waving her body around, unflinching at the violent pressure from the wild mob at her back.

NY Daily News
Vegas black market cashing in on Mayweather-McGregor fight

LAS VEGAS - Beyond Floyd Mayweather's disclosed $100 million purse, and the $30 million Conor McGregor will take home, their August 26 super fight is having a drastic impact on the Nevada economy. And it's not all above the line.

Fightland
06/25/2014
Muslim MMA Fighters Balance Sport and Spirituality During Ramadan | FIGHTLAND

Sacrifice is a word often used by mixed martial artists to describe their journey towards professional success and athletic dominance, as they forgo society's status quo to escape the mundane existence of ordinary life. Fighters experience the elated highs of victory, but with the glory comes a price; they sacrifice family, relationships, and comfort, all in pursuit of grand dreams of having their hands triumphantly raised.

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