October 3, 2015 |
Shanghai is one of those oddball films that just doesn't seem to fit anywhere. A derivative, muddled Casablanca -esque WWII spy thriller helmed by the reasonably accomplished Mikael Håfström ( Evil , Derailed , The Rite ), who specializes in crime thrillers and high-concept horror, it's not a good film, and it holds little prospect of commercial or critical success. Perhaps that's why it languished in film-industry purgatory for five years before the Weinstein Co. finally gave it a limited release this month.
September 2, 2013 |
Alfred Pick, 100, who escaped from Nazi Germany and became a Philadelphia druggist, died on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Paul's Run, a retirement community in the city's Bustleton section. His father, Salomon, and mother, Elsa, owned a general store in the town of Gleiwitz close to the border with Poland, until the family was sent to a Nazi work camp, Mr. Pick's son Robert of Cherry Hill said. Mr. Pick and a cousin eventually fled through Poland and Russia to Shanghai, China, his son said.
June 3, 2013 |
In 1973, when the Philadelphia Orchestra made history in China, Inquirer music critic Daniel Webster was there. Now David Patrick Stearns reports on the 2013 visit, building on this long relationship. SHANGHAI, China - Saturday was National Children's Day in China, and the Philadelphia Orchestra ended the first week of its 40th anniversary tour and residency on a kid-centric note. In the afternoon, two orchestra members faced perhaps one of the least predictable audiences of their careers at the "Angel Salon," the nickname of a weekly music class at which Beethoven is taught to autistic children.
March 15, 2013
Keith Li, the Hong Kong-based chief executive officer of Bosera Asset Management (International) Co., has died. He was 42. Li died March 11 in Hong Kong of an "acute illness," according to Suki Chau, marketing manager at the company. She declined to provide more details, citing privacy. Before joining the Chinese asset manager, Li was a managing director at E.J. McKay & Co., a Shanghai-based investment bank, and was a director at Citigroup Inc.'s private-banking arm, according to Bosera.
February 3, 2013 |
Thirty-four years and what looked like a century ago, I traveled inside what was then known as Red China. With official United States recognition approaching, the People's Republic opened its doors. Having studied in Taiwan, I received a limited visa and missed the Great Wall and other sites. After teaching Chinese culture for 30 years, I returned in November. What we saw on my return was more contemporary than I anticipated, and being there was inspiring. Here were 12-lane highways intersecting modern, crowded cities; stores with merchandise aplenty; and a fashionably dressed, vibrant people.
October 15, 2012
Novak Djokovic saved five match points in the second set before outlasting two-time defending champion Andy Murray , 5-7, 7-6 (11), 6-3, on Sunday in the Shanghai Masters final. In another entertaining matchup between the two U.S. Open finalists, Djokovic seemed headed for defeat when Murray was serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set. But the second-ranked Serb saved one match point in that game before breaking back for 5-5. He then saved four more in a tense tiebreaker and carried his momentum into the deciding set, breaking the Briton twice to earn his fifth title of the year.
August 20, 2012 |
BEIJING - With its sparkling domed skylight, polished granite floor tiles, grand piano, and string of retail outlets such as Timberland and Nautica, the Beijing South Railway Station could compete with the world's finest for modernity and cleanliness. It was here in December that we boarded China's new high-speed bullet train that whisked us off to Shanghai, more than 800 miles to the south, in just five hours. For efficiency and comfort at a relatively low price ($185 round-trip for second-class seats that were nicer than those on Amtrak's Acela)
May 3, 2012 |
Hello there In August 2003, Leah, who works in IT for an international pharmaceutical company with local offices, persuaded her employer to send her to London for nine months. The move was her second trip outside North America. About eight weeks later, she and a friend went to a cheesy dance club in West London. Leah had had just about enough of the place when across the dance floor, she saw a handsome man who also looked like he'd rather be somewhere else. Jonathan danced up to Leah and introduced himself.
December 15, 2011 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Since it started up in April, the San Francisco digital-publishing site www.Byliner.com has specialized in long-form-narrative nonfiction. It has compiled quite an archive - more than 60,000 pieces by more than 4,000 writers. Now, Byliner has broadened its scope to include fiction, and it drafted novelist Amy Tan ( Joy Luck Club ) to write its inaugural offering, her 14,000-word Rules for Virgins . This is the first piece of fiction Tan has published in six years, since Saving Fish From Drowning . Rules is described as "the sensual tale of an aging master courtesan instructing her beautiful young prótegée in the ways of love and business in 1912 Shanghai.
October 30, 2011
Shanghai is a city of unrelenting growth. A taxi ride from the airport reveals hundreds of bright yellow and red construction cranes whirling about its skyline. The parade of skyscrapers is measured not in blocks but in miles. All of Manhattan could fit in Shanghai's back pocket. The current population of Shanghai is estimated to be 23 million - up from 18 million only five years ago. This is a city that has more people than the entire continent of Australia. How does a visitor even begin to get a grip on this vast region?