Los Angeles Times

Julie Makinen

Writer

Julie Makinen is a reporter in the Los Angeles Times' Beijing bureau. She previously served as film editor for the Calendar section. In her more than 10 years at The Times as a reporter and editor for the Foreign, Business and entertainment sections, she's seen a lot, from war zones to red carpets. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she studied at Cornell, Stanford and UCLA. 

Recent Articles

  • No spoons allowed: Beijing is pressuring its 4-year-olds to eat only with chopsticks

    No spoons allowed: Beijing is pressuring its 4-year-olds to eat only with chopsticks

    When news surfaced last month that Panda Express was considering introducing a new half-fork, half-chopsticks plastic utensil known as the chork, reaction among American patrons of the Chinese fast-food chain was swift and largely enthusiastic: Finally, a common flatware for the both the deft and...

  • War can change what we eat. Just ask Hiroshima.

    War can change what we eat. Just ask Hiroshima.

    It’s midday on a Thursday and Yoshihiro Ueuchi is preparing to preach some culinary gospel. He puts on a white garrison cap embroidered with his name, sound-checks his microphone headset, and picks up his hera, or spatula. Arrayed around two pool-table-size teppanyaki grills, 18 acolytes in orange...

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