November 11, 2014 |
China's global economic expansion has been slow to include a matching rise in cultural institutions among its exports, but Friday brought a major step toward changing that when a youthful orchestra from Beijing played an internationally televised concert at the Kimmel Center. The concert by the NCPA Orchestra had special resonance here, because the Philadelphia Orchestra played in 1973 in a nation that had once put its musicians in coal mines and closed universities and conservatories but was cautiously peering over its cultural wall.
September 11, 2013 |
SEVEN YEARS after Miss America hightailed it to Las Vegas, the mother (or is that big sister?) of all beauty pageants is back from whence she came. Of course, you'll be pummeled with a stiletto heel by a Miss America Organization staffer if you actually describe the 92-year-old extravaganza as a "beauty pageant. " It is, as MAO types are always reminding us, a "scholarship program," albeit one whose winners' attractiveness can be considered well above the national average. But there's no denying that the pageant was conceived in 1921 (no doubt with the blessing of vice lord Enoch "Nucky" Johnson)
February 3, 2013
Xu Liangying, 92, a renowned Chinese rights advocate, physicist, and translator of Albert Einstein's writings, died Jan. 28, in Beijing's university district, where he lived for many years. No cause of death was given. Mr. Xu began translating Einstein in 1962 after being forced to leave his job as editor of a leading science journal for criticizing the policies of the Communist Party led by Mao Tse-tung. He was the main translator of the three volumes of The Collected Works of Einstein in Chinese and initiated or wrote numerous letters and petitions defending human rights.
January 25, 2013
Q: What's "the Dow"? - G.W., Fresno, Calif. A: It's the Dow Jones Industrial Average, created in 1896 by Charles Dow, who also established The Wall Street Journal . The Dow is viewed by many as representing the entire stock market, but it's really just an index of 30 major American companies: 3M, Alcoa, American Express, AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, Caterpillar, Chevron, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola, DuPont, ExxonMobil, General Electric,...
September 2, 2012
By Gail Tsukiyama St. Martin. 288 pp. $24.99 Reviewed by Andrew Ervin The title of Gail Tsukiyama's charming new novel derives from a quotation from Mao Tse-tung: "Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend. " It's a curious source of inspiration, considering that Mao's administration seemed to do the exact opposite, and that the Chairman is both the primary antagonist of the book and a sinister force lurking behind the day-to-day doings of a humble Chinese family in 1958.
November 17, 2011 |
An open microphone recently caught French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama jointly trashing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Sarkozy scoffed, "I cannot stand him. He's a liar. " Obama trumped that with, "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day. " In one of the most bizarre op-eds published by the New York Times in recent memory, Paul Kane suggested that the United States could literally sell out its support for democratic Taiwan for about $1 trillion.
October 14, 2011 |
'Half the Sky: Women in the New Art of China," an important exhibition now at Drexel University, is the first independent show of Chinese women's art in the United States to have the range and depth of a survey. Featuring more than 70 works in varied media by 23 visual artists, the event is cohosted by its organizers, the National Art Museum of China and Drexel, which has a number of collaborative ties with Chinese universities. The national museum chose the show's theme, Drexel suggested its title, and together they chose the artists - some living in China and some in its diaspora.
June 17, 2011 |
Adrian I. Lee, 90, a longtime reporter and columnist for the Bulletin, died of a respiratory infection Wednesday, June 15, at Cathedral Village, a retirement community in Roxborough. Mr. Lee joined the Evening Bulletin in 1948 as a general assignment and police reporter. He later was a rewrite man, a national reporter, and an editorial writer, and was a conservative columnist when the paper closed in 1982. In 1998, Mr. Lee contributed an essay for a collection of reminiscences about the Bulletin, titled "I Loved Every Minute.
June 12, 2011
By Lisa See Random House. 354 pp. $26 Reviewed by Malena Watrous American literature is full of immigration stories, for obvious reasons. Less common are stories of new Americans returning to the countries they or their parents left behind, often at great expense and risk. This is what happens in Dreams of Joy . Lisa See's latest novel begins with a young woman's flight from Los Angeles to China, in 1957, right at the start of Chairman Mao's Great Leap Forward. Joy is a recent college graduate who got swept up in the rhetoric of an activist group that supported Mao and his revolutionary cause from afar.
February 4, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The Metropolitan Opera has always been more a point of arrival than origination for singers - or repertoire such as John Adams' Nixon in China . So let's not get soapbox-y about the fact that this groundbreaking 1987 opera - about Richard Nixon's even more groundbreaking opening of relations with Communist China - only made its Met debut on Wednesday, and be glad that it was heartily embraced rather than suffering the fate of Carlisle Floyd's...