| Aug 12, 2008
Our Western reporters seem shocked, amused, even smug about discovering modern China's repressive practices. In her recent Op/Ed article, "Beijing reality show," Heather Havrilesky believes that because China oppresses its 1.3 billion people, the Olympics...
| Oct 23, 2011
For Piri Thomas, being a dark-hued Latino in 1930s New York was far from the best of worlds. His siblings were fair-skinned, like his Puerto Rican mother, but he took after his black Cuban father, whose unsettled feelings about race scarred both of them....
| May 9, 2007
Proposed: The Lexus LS600h L is the most complicated, most elaborate machine ever to take to four wheels. What "Ulysses" is to light reading and Confucianism is to the simple declarative sentence, this hybrid-powered limousine is nothing less than...
| Jan 23, 2014
Previews of Amy Chua's forthcoming book, "The Triple Package" (co-written with husband Jed Rubenfeld), detonated a social media uproar among Asian Americans. Many were infuriated by the New York Post's report that Chua, the self-styled Tiger Mom, was...
| Dec 6, 2013
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Jim Harrison introduced the character Brown Dog in his 1990 book "The Woman Lit by Fireflies," a collection of novellas. The novella is a favored form of his — and of mine — and it seems ideally suited to the misadventures of this shambling...
| Sep 21, 2008
Confucius recently received worldwide attention during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Beijing. Now the philosopher and teacher, who lived from 551 to 479 BC, gets the spotlight in the exhibition "Confucius: Shaping Values Through Art" at...
| Jun 23, 2008
LA JOLLA -- As your eyes plot the final few steps down the central staircase in UC San Diego's new student center, they land on a red terrazzo text panel that reads: "Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror." Not exactly a soft landing but...
| Apr 9, 2010
The Times' April 4 article on Beijing's funding of a Los Angeles-area school district's Chinese language and culture program was disturbing -- not because of the program itself, but because of the knee-jerk xenophobia of its most vocal opponents. As The...
| Mar 7, 2010
Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda
Graywolf: 100 pp., $15 paper
Despite being a poet, Tony Hoagland has maintained an unprejudiced relationship with language. With the same casual delivery as his contemporaries, Dean...
| Mar 25, 2011
In January, Chinese President Hu Jintao was in Washington. And while he and President Obama forged ahead on trade deals and wink-to-the-press bromides of cooperation, many Americans are not so optimistic about what China's rise means. In a recent poll,...
| Jan 30, 2011
A Family's Journey
Villard: 179 pp., $30
Where does memory end and myth begin? GB Tran's graphic novel "Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey" occupies the messy middle ground of that question.
Born in 1976 in South Carolina, Tran was...