November 4, 2012 |
Flight Behavior A novel Barbara Kingsolver Harper: 436 pp., $28.99 Strange things are happening in Appalachia. The natural world as we know it is coming to an end, overheated by human greed. "Global warming" is a dangerously loaded expression in the rural, Republican-loving, God-fearing Tennessee of Barbara Kingsolver's didactic and preachy new novel, "Flight Behavior. " The people of the fictional Feathertown have been taught by talk radio that it's a big-city scam concocted by Al Gore.
December 22, 1996
Re your article "Cultures at the Crossroads" (Dec. 13), I can't believe that this is the second story I've read sympathetic to the men who married 13- and 14-year-old brides, because, after all, it's OK in their culture. In many places in Asia small children are working more than 12 hours a day. Tell me, will we let anyone do the same to their children here? In some places in Africa, genital mutilation of young girls is the cultural norm. Should we find that acceptable too? It's not an issue of cultural conflict at all. It's an issue of human rights and constitutional rights.
November 19, 1989
In response to "Cultural Conflict" by Itabari Njeri (View, Nov. 8): As a Korean-American, I was furious after reading the article. Not only was it biased, but it also did not cover the heart of the issue: the "conflict" between blacks and Korean-Americans. The story was filled with how badly blacks are treated by "Korean merchants." Korean merchants were portrayed as mean old people who start cussing at blacks the minute they walk into their stores. But I did not see even one sentence on how Koreans are treated by blacks in the black community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2001
The cultural conflict as described by Neal Gabler in "A False Peace" (Opinion, April 9) is a "dynamic and continuous process" between the construction of conservative taboos and the transgression by popular culture of those constructed taboos. This symbiotic relationship is necessary for our society's direction. Gabler's analysis itself underscores the absence of any cultural ideals we are to aspire to besides a juvenile response to unthinking reaction. This desert of imagination is the root of the "wars" Gabler finds so important.
February 19, 2006 |
IN Demian Flores Cortes' hometown of Juchitan, in southern Mexico, women hold most of the economic and social power. In his adopted home of Mexico City, machismo still rules. In Juchitan (pronounced hoo-chee-TAHN), the favorite sport is baseball. Here in the nation's capital, it's soccer. In Juchitan, many natives still converse in the indigenous Zapotec tongue and commune with ancient pre-Hispanic gods.
January 3, 2009 |
In the heart of the Ethiopian community here, a group of friends gathered after work in an office to chew on dried khat leaves before going home to their wives and children. Sweet tea and sodas stood on a circular wooden table between green mounds of the plant, a mild narcotic grown in the Horn of Africa. As the sky grew darker the conversation became increasingly heated, flipping from religion to jobs to local politics. Suddenly, one of the men paused and turned in his chair.