By the time Maria Arcega-Dunn had learned to read, she was nicknamed “the town crier” by her family. “I was relaying stories and communicating at a very early age,” she said.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mellissa Fung says captors kept her blindfolded for four weeks in an underground cave so low the Asian Canadian journalist could barely stand. Chains bound her hands and feet during her last week as a prisoner.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Activists opposing Myanmar’s military-run junta will lose a powerful ally in January when first lady Laura Bush moves out of the White House.
Alex Kuo’s latest book, “White Jade and Other Stories” rides a rocky divide. Writing from a ChineseAmerican perspective, the short pieces that make up this collection support his personal political agenda. As such his voice does need to be heard, but literature does not sit easy with work that is one-sided, driven by emotion instead of reason and flagrantly guilty of the twin sins of omission and distortion.
Thirty-five-year-old Japanese animator Makoto Shinkai often gets called “the new Miyazaki.” Having learned this, you should forget it. Hayao Miyazaki represents the gold standard of Japanese anime to the West.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian state has defended its decision to give an honorary title to an Indian movie star, news reports said Oct. 12.
Mandarin Advantage released its first DVD that teaches children 3-8 years old Mandarin Chinese. “Journeys to the East – The River Dragon King” makes learning fun by engaging children in an exciting adventure to ancient China where they meet the River Dragon King, rebuild a Terracotta Warrior, and fly on a magic flying cloud. Chinese vocabulary is introduced incrementally throughout the adventure so that children learn without realizing that they are “learning.”
If ever there were a situation where the phrase “you can’t go home again” would apply, it would be in Many Ly’s second novel for young adults, “Roots and Wings.” Though the phrase should probably be altered to “you can go home again, but prepare to be reminded of why you left.”
Take a stroll on East Pike Street in Capitol Hill and one might walk right on by the Rock Paper Scissors store with its nondescript facade. The face of this business may be understated (with only a logo indicating its existence), but the heart and vision that lie within the storeowners radiate more than any neon sign.