http://www.prx.org/pieces/46961


Ben came to Xining, China to play keyboard in his friend's nightclub. Xining, about 800 miles from Bejing, is the last big city in China going westward and is bigger than one might think. Not used to things like foreigners, the changing face of China had expanded the city at a rapid rate in the years prior to Ben's arrival.

In many ways, Ben found himself in a struggle much bigger than himself in Xining. After confronting a man who spit at him outside a local KFC, Ben found himself locked in a car for an hour and forty minutes as hundreds of people punched, kicked, tipped and pummeled the car, even tearing off pieces. Ben recounts the decision making and thought process that he and three other friends went through during the riot.