Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

Vol.107.3: PANDEMIC!!!

The novel coronavirus has provided me with the time and recommended social isolation to return to a subject that has interested me from my boyhood days. Call me wacky, weird, or wonderful, but Read More

Vol.107.2: THE WORST BEST CHOICE (?)

Joe Biden sent me an email today thanking me for helping him and his campaign. I never gave Joe a donation or even a word of support or encouragement.  Since well before his hair plugs I have Read More

Vol.107.1: AMERICAN JERKS

Normally, it’s the kind of flap that barely snares my attention. I first heard about it on NPR and then began seeing the book show up on some of the literary sites that I peruse as it got more Read More

Vol 106.8: THE FALL OF THE BREXIT EMPIRE

 

As the scarcely United Kingdom withers down to even less that its original geographic margins, snuggling itself into those cozy country villages of White folk within obeisant distance of some Read More

Vol.106.7: GOLD, FRANKINCENSE AND ZU-ZU’S PETALS [MR] Reprise of 12. 3.2006

An angel gets his wings                                  ©RKO Pictures

It’s that time of the year again; time for Zu-Zu’s petals.

But first, a few words on a Read More

Vol.106.5: CIVILITY AND SERVILITY: THE HONG KONG DILEMMA

 

Lady Liberty Statue at Chinese University Hong Kong

Each year since 1989 Hong Kong students and others have mostly peacefully and quietly commemorated the failed demonstrations for democracy in Read More

Vol.106.04: THE PARADOX OF CHRISTIANITY

Recently, I read a sample from a new book titled I Wish I’d Been There, by Byron Hollingshead, that is a composite volume of essays by “twenty historians bring to life dramatic events Read More

Vol.106.3: THE CORRUPTION OF IDENTITY, Part 2

 Hong Kong is like a girl in the engagement period of an arranged marriage being physically abused by a fiancé who grins back at her protests knowing that he can soon rape her with impunity.

In Read More

Vol.106.: ON CORRUPTION, Part 1

The Latin etymology of the word means “to break apart,” which, of course, aptly describes the process of an entity losing its integrity, like the putrefaction of an organic body. But, over Read More

Vol.106.1: LOST TRIBE FOUND: THE JEWS OF CHINA

 

Former Jewish residences in Shanghai. Photo by the author, ©1990  UrbisMedia-Ltd.

The synagogue, just a few blocks from where I live, looks at first, with its Paladian architecture and stained-glass Read More

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