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pam-chun's picture
Jan.10.2014
In 1981, our no-frills flight from Hong Kong on a Russian air craft flew us direct to Beijing. The only locals on our flight were Chinese soldiers with Northern faces, heavy dark brows, square jaws, and scowling visages.  When we landed, they whipped on their long fur-lined army coats which...
kim-wong-keltner's picture
May.11.2013
When I was a kid, I was obedient and quiet. I automatically knew that talking too loud, making a fuss or being assertive would never fly. I did what I was told. I was a Chinese girl. I adhered to my parents' wishes that I get top grades and perform well in the activities they had chosen for me....
belle-yang's picture
Nov.30.2010
When my father left Taiwan in 1964, then an authoritarian state under Chiang Kai-shek, for Tokyo to study, the first thing he did was to write home to Manchuria.  His hometown Xinmin-"New People"-in Liaoning Province, was where his grandfather had been a prominent businessman in the grain...
grant-hayter-menzies's picture
Aug.27.2010
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous With American History by Yunte Huang (W.W. Norton, August 2010) http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Charlie-Chan/ Few remember her now—indeed, so obscure has she become that I can safely say that unless people have read my...
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Jul.23.2010
Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World By Robert Amos and Kileasa Wong TouchWood Editions, 160 pages, September 2009 (9781894898911) http://www.robertamos.com/legacy/Insidechinatown.html The first impression many foreigners took away from Chinese cities a century ago was that they could...
belle-yang's picture
Sep.13.2009
When my Chinese-American friends come down from the Bay Area for a visit to the Central Coast, they say, We'd like to stop by and say, hi, to your parents.  It truly warms the cockles of my heart.  Only my Chinese-American friends think to do this.   When I was invited to speak at the...
deborah-shlian's picture
Jul.25.2008
In a recent New York Times article, the reporter described two new drugs inclinical trials for Type 2 diabetes, both of which seem to have a remarkable and unexpected side effect, at least in animals – they extend the normal lifespan. These drugs activate sirtuin, an enzyme that behaves like a...
belle-yang's picture
Feb.06.2008
I was inspired to paint this piece, which you can see a few paragraphs below, because of a story my friend and art patron, George Ow, Jr., wrote for the Santa Cruz Sentinel. I can say I have shaken the hand that has shaken the hand of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of African American History...
belle-yang's picture
Feb.02.2008
Last Wednesday was the twenty-third day of the Twelfth Moon and for the Chinese, the beginning of New Year celebrations. My father took down the poster of the Kitchen God in a gesture of sending him up into the heavens to meet with the Great Jade Emperor. My father was born in Manchuria, and...