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

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

Vol.107.2: THE POWER OF TRUMP

I watched dumbfounded as Texas Senator Ted Cruz (always dumbfounding to watch) gave a passionate defense of President Donald Trump from the Senate floor las week. I could not help reflecting back Read More

Vol.107. 1: LADY’S OF PARIS

 

There have been several Quasimodos, even a cute Disney animated version. The best known were played by Lon Chaney Charles Laughton, Anthony Quinn, and Anthony Hopkins. The movie lore is that Read More

Vol.106.7: CONFESSIONS OF A COLLEGIATE CHEATER

It has been nearly sixty years of carrying around the guilt of it.  Me, a (now emeritus) professor, an academic cheater, one who has committed the mortal sin of academe.  (You were already Read More

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