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

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

Vol.105.7: LET HONG KONG BE HONG KONG (PART 2): AN OPEN LETTER TO XI JIN PING

 

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Dear Jinping (if I may presume the familiar),

Have you read through Part One of this posting? Hopefully you have an attention span that it exceeds that of the current President of Read More

Vol.105.7: OUR BETTER ANGER

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Read More

Vol.105.6: Rockets Into Russia

I begin this post with a confession, or maybe it’s just an admission. But it’s controversial and I’m taking the chance that some readers might be pissed off at me. But in the interests of Read More

Vol.105.5: THE FARMER AS WELFARE QUEEN

  

Last week Trump announced his promise to give another $19 billion in support to the farmers who have been economically injured by his trade war with China.  That gift, of course, is likely Read More

Vol.107.4: KLEPTONOMICS II, Mêiguórén Gönggòngxíngzheng

Or, how I (accidentally) prevented the People’s Republic of China from ripping off my “intellectual property”.

We all know that among the complaints that the US likes to lodge against Read More

Vol.107.3: LAND OF KLEPTONOMICS

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One aspect of the rationale for Donald Trump’s ramped up the trade war with the PRC is that the Chinese are deceitful thieves (see, it takes one to know one) it is time to reconsider Read More

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