May 26, 2009 |
Lisa See knows about worshipping ancestors, a Chinese ritual that continues long after the death of a relative. Although just one-eighth Chinese, dating from a paternal great-grandfather, See has devoted a lifetime to writing of that lineage, in novels so intimate and heartbreaking you can wrench a lifetime of emotion out of yourself just by reading. Whereas her previous two novels, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love, took place in 19th- and 17th-century China, her latest novel, Shanghai Girls, comes perilously close to the present, beginning in Shanghai in 1937 and ending in the Chinatown of Los Angeles in 1957.
August 22, 1997 |
As part of a nationwide tour, Penor Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, visited the Shambhala Center Tuesday and Wednesday to give lectures on meditation. The Nyingma lineage is the oldest of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. A native of East Tibet, Rinpoche entered a monastery as a child. He fled Tibet for India in 1959 following an uprising against China.
December 18, 2005 |
Don't think for a minute the blue-blooded cashmere-and-pearls-ladies-who-lunch set isn't around anymore. But among chapters of Daughters of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Society, and other heritage societies, growing contingents are more blue collar than blue blood - retired factory workers, people who live in mobile homes, farmers' wives, those of every race and creed - being counted in the ranks. Experts say the Internet and a resurgence in patriotism after 9/11 have helped a spike in interest in the sort of historical organizations that limit membership to descendants of Mayflower Pilgrims, Revolutionary War participants, or Civil War soldiers.
November 8, 1995 |
Musical lineages are intriguing. Sometimes, by tracing a line from teacher to performer, you can detect the evolution of a musical style. Pianist Claudio Arrau used to point out that his teacher had studied with Johann Hummel, a student of Beethoven. The unspoken "ergo . . . " was always impressive. The Contemporary Players fashioned a lineage program Monday by focusing on Ralph Shapey, a 74-year-old composer who grew up and studied here. Shapey had studied with Stefan Wolpe at the Settlement School.
September 15, 1987 |
One is a teacher, another a school child. One runs a trucking company, another sings opera, a third works with health clubs. They speak in the mellifluous tones of the Deep South, the clipped twang of New England and the proper diction of London. What the hundreds of members of this diverse group share is heritage. They are descendants of the 39 signers of the Constitution, the closest thing to aristocrats in a country that professes to reject royalty. If this is a melting pot, they are chunks of the earliest ore. Many of them will descend on Philadelphia this week as part of the "We the People 200" celebration of the Constitution.
August 9, 1990 |
The closing mainstage attraction of Black Theater Festival '90, which premiered last night at Theater Center Philadelphia, is a winner in every respect. The direction is exceptional, the acting exemplary, the playscript by Marian Hammonds Warrington simply magnetic. "The Mayor's Wife" ranges widely over one young woman's peregrination from unwanted child to the attempted murderer of an unfaithful husband, from lost soul to an epiphany of her rightful place in a long and courageous female lineage, from a pawn of the will of others to a strong sense of self.
January 17, 2005 |
How does African dance look when standing on the shoulders of ancestors but moving into the 21st century? Kariamu & Company: Traditions, in performance Friday at Conwell Dance Theater at Temple University, presented an answer in works by Kariamu Welsh, Saleana Pettaway, and Ghanaian guests F. Nii Yartey and Joshua Ashai Trebi. Their contemporary dance rooted in tradition uses storytelling and dynamic play between movement and rhythmic music, while staying open to new cultural influences and movement languages.
March 16, 1987 |
Robbins Lee Mitchell 3d is in one of those ticklish situations. On the one hand, he was recently convicted of criminal trespass. On the other hand, there's the issue of sovereign immunity - which comes into play whenever a government attempts to prosecute the King of England. "We have styled ourselves Henry X," says Mitchell, who discovered his remarkable birthright a decade ago. "We are of the position that Her Majesty's ascent has been illegal since 1485. " Mitchell, 40, tall and lean with Prince Valiant bangs and a narrow, equine face, doesn't actually claim to be king - yet. He is "heir presumptive," owing to a family tree he has found to outmatch Prince Charles', limb for limb.
June 18, 2000 |
The old cliche is that men can't express their feelings. Don't believe it. The Inquirer placed blank notebooks in or near the birthing units at a few area hospitals, and asked men to record their thoughts as their children were being born. The responses - from the Memorial Hospital of Salem County in Salem, N.J., Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, and Doylestown Hospital - are eloquent and earnest. The men write what's in their hearts at the precise moment a father's twin companions - unconditional love and unending worry - introduce themselves, and settle in for the long haul.
March 18, 2011
CLEVELAND - Jay Wright used to brag about how his big-time program did not include big-time pressures. He could screw up a game on Sunday and not hear about it on Monday thanks to the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, Sixers. OK, so maybe not the Sixers. Anyway, those days are gone. These days, Wright's bragging, if you can call it that, is about his Villanova team holding it together amid the adversity and scrutiny produced by a five-game losing streak. He employs words like "psyche" and "perspective," and deftly digs at criticism by lauding how players, like embattled senior guard Corey Fisher, have handled it. Clearly, he is grasping.