October 4, 1992 |
"The East is not much less than half the world, an infinity of an infinity of objects and vantages, every single one complex with meanings. . . ." writes artist Leo Rubinfien in "A Map of the East," the just-published book of his Asian photographs. "It is for this reason that you cannot begin from trying to describe, to merely describe, but must attempt to evoke, always evoke." What Rubinfien has sought to evoke in his images is what he reluctantly calls "innocence."
February 11, 2001 |
Ryo Kawamura rode his first motorcycle at age 13--without a license. Soon he was stealing bikes and rebuilding them, taking his flashy, souped-up wheels out for wild rides with friends. "Riding strange bikes, making a big noise--it's fun," says Kawamura, now 25. "It's a kind of release."
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September 18, 1986
The past, though it may be dead, is seldom allowed to rest undisturbed. History is constantly being reinterpreted, sometimes to the improvement of understanding, sometimes--as political fashions change--to support a cause. Every country of course seeks to portray its past in the best possible light, as a means to inspire patriotism and to encourage national self-esteem.
December 11, 1987 |
When Honda opened its U.S.-based car manufacturing plant in 1979, some Japanese employees were in for a surprise--Christmas in the United States. "Not all Japanese are Christians," said Koichiro Shinagawa, director of the Honda of America Family Center, which helps Japanese auto workers and their families ease into American life. However, many Japanese were already aware of Christmas customs, learned years ago from Western missionaries, he said.
August 22, 2000 |
Is it literature, or pornography dressed up as cherry-blossom art? Is it a mature, modern interpretation of a classic Japanese lovers' tale, or a stereotype-laden tour of the dark side of sexual passion? American readers will be able to decide for themselves this month when "A Lost Paradise," an English translation of the controversial Japanese blockbuster "Shitsurakuen," hits U.S. bookstores, one of the few Japanese titles to make it across the Pacific this summer.
January 26, 2005 |
When Bruce Lee died in 1973 after making "Enter the Dragon," the Kung Fu master was mourned by millions. But it wasn't just movie fans who lamented the death of Asia's first global superstar. Judging from the "Black Belt" exhibition on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Lee also had a profound impact on an entire generation of artists. David Huffman, for example, gave up on his childhood dream of becoming a professional martial arts fighter to become a painter.