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Where realism and idealism meet Tony Brasunas, author of Double Happiness

About Me

After being censored by Huffington Post in 2016 for covering the Democratic Primary from the wrong perspective, I’ve been researching and working on my new book, Red, White, & Blind: The Truth About American Censorship and the Rise of Independent Media.

Red, White, & Blind

The underlying story on censorship, disinformation, and propaganda in this country is fascinating, and I think the book will spark some great, fruitful conversations. I’m delighted to announce that the book is forthcoming in September of 2022.

I was born in Iowa, grew up in an intentional spiritual community in West Virginia that many called a hippie commune, and attended a public high school in Atlanta. After studying at Amherst College in Massachusetts, at twenty-one, I boarded a plane for the People’s Republic of China, and the time that I spent there pushed me in a thousand ways, turned me inside out, and transformed my life.

Double Happiness

My first book recounts my experiences teaching and traveling in China. Double Happiness: One Man’s Tale of Love, Loss, and Wonder on the Long Roads of China aims to share with others the inward and outward discoveries that changed my life and made me a happier, more confident, more curious, and more self aware person.

The book took me ten years to write. It is a China travel memoir and much more. If you enjoy adventurous travelogues or stories of personal transformation, you might just love the journey that unfolds in Double Happiness.


I returned home from China with new eyes, a broader mind, and a deeper heart.

Ever since I’ve seen my family, my community, my city, and my country differently.

My writings shifted to politics, culture, media, and current events, but I’m always driven towards seeing and speaking the deepest truths I am able to see. So many other brave writers inspire me today, and I consider it an honor to be able to lend my words in support of those working hard for the future of our democracy, our species, and our planet.

Tony Brasunas When I’m not writing, I’m engineering front-end internet applications here in the Bay Area, playing guitar and soccer with friends, and traveling as often as I can with my wife.

For more biographical information, and high-resolution photos, visit the Double Happiness media page.

For my latest political and social writings, visit the Red, White, & Blind page.