March 11, 2011 |
Strong aftershocks and a second sizable earthquake rattled Japan through the night after the island nation's worst quake in recorded history, but the tsunami waves that drowned hundreds in northeast Japan mostly spared other countries around the Pacific Rim. Tsunami warnings had been issued for the entire Pacific basin after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that toppled thousands of buildings and sent a 30-foot wall of water across the coastal area...
June 21, 2010 |
Last week in New York, I saw a Japanese tourist on the corner of 5th Avenue and 79th Street wearing a T-shirt satirizing the "I heart NY" marketing meme. His version read, "Heart Your Own City." That's great advice. As the home of the film industry along with huge chunks of the music and television industries, Los Angeles is always going to be a player among U.S. cities. But recent trends in politics and media have increasingly made Washington and New York the locus of much of our national culture.
February 26, 2010 |
Tears again filled the house that two days ago held so much pain. Only this time, they were tears of amazement, of wonder, of joy. This time, a figure skater wept gold, Korea's Kim Yuna setting a world record in both points and strength of standing ovation, spinning into history with an Olympic championship that will reverberate from Seoul to Los Angeles. Did you see it? Could you feel it? The breeze from hundreds of Korean flags that filled the Pacific Coliseum is still whipping through these Pacific Rim streets.
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February 16, 2010 |
Lucie Cheng, a UCLA sociologist whose imaginative scholarship on Chinese Americans and other Asian immigrants helped propel the field of Asian American studies in new directions, examining such issues as class and gender in immigrant societies, died Jan. 27 in Taipei. She was 70 and had battled cancer for several years, a UCLA spokeswoman said. Cheng was director of UCLA's Asian American Studies Center from 1972 to 1987 and founding director of its Center for Pacific Rim Studies, which opened in 1985.
November 14, 2009 |
Rolling out his approach toward the Pacific Rim, President Obama stressed in Tokyo today that he wants a cooperative relationship with China in which the two nations act as responsible global powers, setting aside differences to cope with climate change, nuclear proliferation and economic instability. Obama said the U.S. has no wish to "contain" China, a strategy that grew out of the Cold War era when the American government strove to block the spread of communism. "I know there are many who question how the United States perceives China's emergence," he said.
November 30, 2008 |
Remember the Pacific Rim? The term isn't heard much in art circles anymore, but in the last dozen years of the 20th century, it was everywhere. The 1980s had seen the prominent return of European art (especially from Germany) and the lively resurgence of Los Angeles art to a contemporary scene long narrowly centered in New York.