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BOOKS
February 16, 1992 | Charles Solomon
The stories in this exceptional anthology suggest that the transition from traditional Chinese culture to Marxism has done little to improve the status of women. The authors describe the struggles that women must undergo in their efforts to find fulfillment in a career and/or love under a dehumanizing regime that regulates the most intimate details of life, reducing human feelings to so much paperwork.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1986 | ELIZABETH LU, Times Staff Writer
When asked to translate "I got wonderful vibes" into Chinese during a trilingual church service Sunday, Elder Samuel Cheung was at a loss for words. Church members, representing three congregations attending a joint service of the Chinese Christian Alliance Church in Canoga Park, laughed good-naturedly, sympathizing with Cheung's predicament. The members, the majority of whom are Chinese, knew only too well how frustrating it is to struggle for the right expression in a second language.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1992 | IRENE F. CHANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For recent Asian immigrants and longtime Asian-Americans lining the streets of Alhambra and Monterey Park on Saturday, the first Chinese New Year parade to pass through both cities was much more than just an excuse to party. The celebration sponsored by the two San Gabriel Valley cities signaled an official recognition of the profound impact Chinese culture has had on the once-homogeneous bedroom communities.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2008 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
BEIJING -- Two very different groups of architects are responsible for most of this city's recent growth: foreign firms cashing in on the Chinese boom and local design institutes affiliated with various universities. Sometimes they work together.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The Chinatown Neighborhood Assn. of San Francisco is taking California Gov. Jerry Brown to federal court, accusing him of approving a ban on shark fins that is unconstitutional and discriminatory toward Chinese culture. In October, Brown signed a law prohibiting the possession, sale and distribution of the product, a delicacy long used in Chinese cuisine, specifically in soup. Supporters of the ban say that the fins are cruelly obtained -- fishermen often slice them off live sharks, which are then dumped back in the ocean due to the low demand for other shark meat.
OPINION
May 31, 1992 | Ross Terrill, Ross Terrill is the author of a newly enlarged edition of "Madame Mao," and of "China in Our Time," to be published next month by Simon & Shuster, on which this article is based
The progress of China and its relations with the non-Chinese world have repeatedly been hindered by two blind spots. A lack of individual autonomy has made the Chinese people conformist and vulnerable to collectivist passions. An obsession with Chineseness has made them self-conscious in the face of the foreign world.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 1988 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
Zhong Kui, a fearsome-looking guardian spirit of the underworld, is one of the most beloved figures of Chinese folklore. An ugly but warmhearted Chinese equivalent of Superman, he is a defender of justice and righteousness who punishes wrongdoers and protects the weak. Zhong Kui now appears in a new film from Shanghai Film Studios that tells the largely true-to-life story of a famous actress, Pei Yanlin, who in 1985 became the first woman to perform the role of Zhong Kui on stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2012 | By Allan M. Jalon
SANTA BARBARA - Chinese scrolls often show landscapes of mountains, deep-cut gorges and paths that spiral through them and past caves in foliage. On these paths, often barely visible, smallish robed figures walk alone or sit in a group. Even people relatively familiar with this kind of art have peered at the finely drawn figures and wondered: Who are they? What are they up to? The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is offering an unusually comprehensive answer to such questions with a far-reaching show called "The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in 17th Century China.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1993 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chinese-American community leaders this week called on the Taiwanese government, local schools and Asian-American social service agencies to stem the tide of "parachute kids"--youths who are dropped off to live and attend school in the United States while their wealthy parents remain in Asia.
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