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October 5, 1993 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After five hours of chanting, Pyotr Yukhlymov's voice is a reedy rasp as he jumps and shuffles before the stuffed head of a bear, its eyes covered by coins. Amid wood-fire smoke and swarming mosquitoes, a dozen almond-eyed women in bright head scarves look on as he asks the bear, his blood brother, to forgive him for killing it. This is the famous Bear Game, a favorite ritual of the Eskimo-like Khant people who have lived for as long as anyone can remember in these deep, cold reaches of Siberia.
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June 12, 2005 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
The young Chinese man in a dirty black jacket had a lonely, mournful air about him, but he spoke softly of big dreams. Zheng Chao was drawn to Siberia's vast expanse of black earth four years ago, part of a growing wave of Chinese peasants using their greenhouse skills to grow vegetables for Russians in a land where winter lasts half the year. The 26-year-old gets paid only once a year. But he saves it all.
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May 18, 1997
Jonathan Kirsch's article "Literary L.A." (Book Review, April 20) and Anna Sklar's response to it (April 27) touched off a tempest in a not-so-mini teapot. Is the hoopla of the recent book fair at UCLA an expression of nothing more than a gathering of "mutual admirers," as Sklar claims, or the "renaissance" of Kirsch's vision? Josh Getlin's "Writing L.A." and Steve Wasserman's "Culture Shock" (Book Review, April 27) suggest that something more than a "two-day mutual admiration fair" is going on. I hope I can act as an honest broker here by offering a third view that incorporates the truths voiced on both sides.
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