A Cultural Backbone

The lights have bewitched some in Shanghai. Those who are between the wealthy and the poor flaunt their knowledge about the city’s growing prosperity. They point out the magnificent glass department stores filled with designer brands, describe the new communities possessing utopian names, and compare the optimistic environment with America. It can’t compare, they say. … Continue reading

Music / Travel

The Essence of a City

New York may be known for its skyscrapers, but what makes other cities great? This past Tuesday 黃介文 interviewed a pop singer/composer who grew up in Taiwan but now lives in mainland China. What, 介文, asked him, has changed about Taiwan since your last visit? Actually, he said, nothing much. Cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and New York … Continue reading

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A Passage to India

An attractive cover always draws my attention. Besides, A Passage to India was written by E.M. Forster, an excellent writer. The book wrestles with the cultural differences between the East and the West, particularly during the British rule of India. As an American Born Chinese, I can identify with both sides of the struggle. Each … Continue reading