| Jun 24, 2011
An opening title card announces that the new film "Beginning of the Great Revival" was made "in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the birth of the Communist Party of China." Unfortunately, the movie never overcomes the dutiful weight that implies....
| Jun 26, 2011
Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned
John A. Farrell
Doubleday: 400 pp., $32.50
For five stormy, pivotal decades, Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) was a towering figure in U.S. jurisprudence and politics. He served as defense lawyer for the people...
| Jun 24, 2011
— Political films can be a tough sell in many countries, to say the least. But director Huang Jianxin is confident that he's sitting on a blockbuster with "Beginning of the Great Revival," a historical epic detailing the founding of China's...
| Jun 27, 2011
| 8:11 PM
Editor's note: Chriss Street originally published this book review on his blog, Chriss Street and Company.
There has been nothing more cowardly in my lifetime than the American government's dysfunctional response to China's economic imperialism. The...
| Jul 4, 2011
| 5:03 PM
I believe that due to American exceptionalism, the United States is on the verge of another dramatic period of economic growth. Our nation is far from perfect, but we learn from our mistakes, change dramatically and move on.
After three years of failed...
| Jul 17, 2011
Dr. Joseph Hittelman, a Los Angeles physician whose advocacy of reforms such as healthcare for the poor led to his persecution as a subversive during the McCarthy era, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 100.
| May 28, 2012
| 8:03 AM
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Woody Guthrie, American Radical
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Will Kaufman traces Guthrie's...
| Aug 6, 2011
Mo Lijun wears a cross around her neck and proudly proclaims, "I am Christian, now."
It's a new development for the 22-year-old from the Yunnan province of China. She is one of about 200 Chinese students working in Williamsburg for the summer, as part of...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 8:51 PM
Cuba's Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Maryland contractor Alan Gross to be released from a 15-year prison sentence for alleged spying.
The court claimed that Gross, of Potomac, who was arrested in December 2009 after distributing computer...
| Apr 3, 2011
Ever since the 1920s, Chinese film history has been grouped into large, monolithic blocks, as imposing as the Great Wall. There's the First Generation of silent-movie pioneers, the Fifth Generation of "post-Maoist humanists," the Sixth Generation that...
| Aug 13, 2011
| 3:30 PM
An exciting part of traveling abroad is getting your passport stamped. After a 20 hour journey to get to Kunming, I feel like I really earned that stamp. If only my Mandarin were better, I would have asked for two stamps.
The super long haul...