Friday, December 7, 2012


Accidental Asian
In these compellingly candid essays, Liu reflects on his life as a second-generation Chinese American and reveals the shifting frames of ethnic identity. Finding himself unable to read a Chinese memorial book about his father's life, he looks critically at the cost of his own assimilation. But he casts an equally questioning eye on the effort to sustain vast racial categories like “Asian American.” And as he surveys the rising anxiety about China's influence, Liu illuminates the space that Asians have always occupied in the American imagination. Reminiscent of the work of James Baldwin and its unwavering honesty, The Accidental Asian introduces a powerful and elegant voice into the discussion of what it means to be an American.  
 - amazon-
Atomic Obsession nuclear alarmism from Hiroshima to al-Qaeda
Examining the entire atomic era, Mueller boldly contends that nuclear weapons have had little impact on history. Although they have inspired overwrought policies and distorted spending priorities, for the most part they have proved to be militarily useless, and a key reason so few countries have taken them up is that they are a spectacular waste of money and scientific talent. Equally important, Atomic Obsession reveals why anxieties about terrorists obtaining nuclear weapons are essentially baseless: a host of practical and organizational difficulties make their likelihood of success almost vanishingly small.  -amazon-

Good King Wenceslas
Beautifully illustrated in rich, glowing colours, this is the exciting story behind the well-known carol of Good King Wenceslas. The words and music of the carol are also included.   - amazon-

Charles Barque and Jean-Leon Gerome
If you're serious about classical realism, or just improving your own drawing ability, I highly recommend this book. Justin C. Henry  - amazon-

Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit
Dancing in the Street, by Suzanne E. Smith, explores 1960s Motown music and culture against the backdrop of Detroit itself. She contrasts the racism that greeted migrating black auto workers with the shrewd way Motown created upbeat music that seemed to erase color lines. As Smith sees it, music and culture had to meet.
--David Hinckley (New York Daily News 20010110) -amazon-

  • The Dwarf / Cho Se-hŭi ; translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton.
  • Author:Cho, Se-hŭi
  • ... The movement among different characters is subtle and imaginative, and the different perspectives are illuminating. One strength of the book is the interesting window it provides on Korean society in the midst of wrenching industrialization, but in my mind this is linked to the book's only real weakness as well: we don't really need the gross details of the degradation of the human and natural environment, or the soaring rhetoric of those defending the workers against the evil capitalists, rubbed in our faces quite so explicitly. Overall, though, I recommend this book highly.  R. Pittman -amazon-
    ...Fog of War shows that in reality the momentum for civil rights was not so clear cut, with activists facing setbacks as well as successes and their opponents finding ways to establish more rigid defenses for segregation. While the war set the scene for a mass movement, it also narrowed some of the options for black activists. This collection is a timely reconsideration of the intersection between two of the dominant events of twentieth-century American history, the upheaval wrought by the Second World War and the social revolution brought about by the African American struggle for equality.-amazon-

Funk The Music, The People and The Rhythm of The One
Funk: It's the only musical genre ever to have transformed the nation into a throbbing army of bell-bottomed, hoop-earringed, rainbow-Afro'd warriors on the dance floor. Its rhythms and lyrics turned bleak urban realities inside out with distinctive, dance able  downright irresistible music.  -amazon-

Garlic Ballads: A Novel
The Garlic Ballads is a powerful vision of life under the heel of an inflexible and uncaring government. It is also a delicate story of love between man and woman, father and child, friend and friend—and the struggle to maintain that love despite overwhelming obstacles. -amazon-

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