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May.11.2008
The man who loves her is an artist. He managed to shoot this picture of Laning, my mother, with a broken, old Leica more than fifty years ago. My mother was born to a Hakka father and a Fujianese mother. Her ancestors had crossed the Strait from Fujian and Canton to eke out a living on the...
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May.02.2008
 This is in response to the post of friend and creator, Jessica Barksdale Inclan--"Things That Hurt." I’m currently reviewing a novel for the Washington Post. When I was offered the assignment, I emailed the senior editor, Ron Charles, to say, “As soon as I receive my review copy, I...
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Apr.24.2008
I’d like to get something off my chest, but first I would like to tell you about what I read. I like literature the majority of people consider tedious and boring. I like to gnaw on one volume for a long period of time. I like quiet books without a lot of plot but with each sentence muscular,...
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Apr.15.2008
I swoon when I listen to him. Have I got your attention? Who is he? The irresistable Melvyn Bragg, host of the weekly BBC Radio 4 program, IN OUR TIME. Do your heart and brain a favor and read on. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/inourtime/inourtime_archive_home.shtml I’ve had a love...
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Apr.10.2008
Shame on the Chinese Americans who waved the flag of blood during the non-run of the Olympic torch in San Francisco yesterday. That standard represents tens of millions of death in peace time! How can anyone take pride in a Chinese regime that has bulldozed homes of hundreds of thousands in the...
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Apr.05.2008
This was not a job I thought I would relish after Jessica Inclan said in an earlier post that we never, ever leave high school, but I've grown excited about the prospect of reconnecting. I had a feeling it would fall partly on me to help round up classmates for our--gasp!--thirtieth high school...
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Mar.27.2008
Switching from my computer to my painting table helps to keep my attitude about writing fresh. I have to relearn how to write once I return to the keyboard. The same for my painting. Once I have been away from the tubes of paint and the cold press paper for a period of time, when I return, I am...
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Mar.23.2008
I spent three years traveling in China and fell in love with the countryside, the country folk. When I journeyed deep into the green of Hunan on a sketching trip, two old brothers invited me into their cottage and gave me just boiled water to drink and a fan with which to cool off. They merely...
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Mar.17.2008
My father has been telling me stories about old China for nearly two decades. It took me eleven years to write my third nonfiction manuscript, and now I am turning the words into images, instructed by my imagination and the parameters of the comics/graphic novel format. Below, in the first panel,...
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Mar.13.2008
It is probably 2 A.M. and I am at work on my graphic novel. (Yes, I am a night owl.) This is a photo journal of my day's work on one page of the graphic novel, "Forget Sorrow: A China Elegy." I received notes yesterday from my editor, Alane Salierno Mason, at W. W. Norton and Company...