Julie Makinen is a former reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times.
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Some water from the crippled Fukushima complex is being released to make room for more severely contaminated water in a government-approved measure. Officials say the move does not pose an immediate threat to humans.
March 20, 2019
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 the less dexterous devotees of tangy orange chicken.
Sept. 8, 2016
For more than a century, Chinese typewriters have been objects of curiosity, confusion and even a fair bit of ridicule — after all, how do you type a language that has no alphabet?
Sept. 3, 2016
In April 1960, not yet finished with high school, 17-year-old Eiko Kawasaki boarded a Soviet ship called the Kryl’ion in the Japanese port of Niigata and set sail on the journey of a lifetime, to a place she was told was paradise: North Korea.
Aug. 24, 2016
For American film and TV show creators and distributors, it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing in China recently.
Aug. 22, 2016
Since being dispatched from North Korea to London as a foreign service officer, Thae Yong Ho had developed some very un-North Korean tastes, friends say.
Aug. 17, 2016
Mired in the dog days of summer with no major foreign or domestic releases driving audiences to theaters, China’s box office crown last week went to the holdover adventure fantasy “Time Raiders.”
Aug. 15, 2016
A week into the Rio Games, NBC and some other U.S. news outlets have taken a drubbing for a sexist approach to female athletes.
Aug. 11, 2016
For five days last week, the confessions poured forth from Chinese human rights activists and attorneys rounded up last summer and held incommunicado for a year.
Aug. 10, 2016