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

Vol.84.6: Oh My City, Oh My Mayor, OMG!

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I really shouldn’t be weighing in on this for a couple of reasons (there probably are more than a couple), but things have been kind of quiet around here and

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Vol.81.6: Streets of Gold: Immigrants, the City and the Cinema, Part 4

The Joy Luck Club, Hollywood Pictures, 1993

The Joy Luck Club, Hollywood Pictures, 1993

Acculturation

The relationship between immigrants and American cities has, on balance, been a reciprocally beneficial one. Immigrants have found opportunity in the city

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Vol.81.5: Streets of Gold: Immigrants, the City and the Cinema, Part 3

Chaplin comforts fellow nervous immigrants prior to disembarkation. The Immigrant, Mutual Pictures, 1917

Chaplin comforts fellow nervous immigrants prior to disembarkation. The Immigrant, Mutual Pictures, 1917

The Golden Door

The drama of the American city was often a result of some of its internal contradictions. America might be the only nation in the world with a “welcome

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Vol.81.3: Streets of Gold: Immigrants, the City and the Cinema, Part 2

© 2006, UrbisMedia

© 2006, UrbisMedia

Cities were the first places to bring together peoples of different ethnic and racial backgrounds; hence the first places to test assimilation, tolerance, competition

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Vol.81.2: Streets of Gold: Immigrants, the City, and the Cinema, Part 1

I came to America because in the old country I had heard that the streets of America were “paved with gold.” But I learned three things after

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Vol.78.6: Love in [and] the City

© Vanguard Films

© Vanguard Films

A review of Portrait of Jennie and films of love found and lost in the City

Is it every lonely, searching urban man’s fantasy, on turning some city street corner, to

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Vol.75.6: “BACK IN THE DAY”; KODAK AND AMERICAN INDUSTRY

Kodaks (sic) sign photographed by author in Burg al Arab, Egypt. © 1991, UrbisMedia

Kodaks (sic) sign photographed by author in Burg al Arab, Egypt. © 1991, UrbisMedia

Their corporate image was only slightly less ubiquitous than Coca-Cola’s, eye-catching crimson and yellow brand. Kodak. For people around the world it meant snapshots

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Vol.72.4: LIFE OUT OF BALANCE

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[Note: This piece is Part II of The Sustainability of Shangri-La]

“We need a balanced approach,” to fixing our economic problems we heard the President saying

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Vol.69.1: SOMETIMES A LONELY CROWD

“The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces . . . .”

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Vol.68.4: THE DEVIL’S MONTH

(a reprise from DCJ Archives, 11.2.2003)

For a variety of reasons I’ve never cared much for the month of November. But rather than go into that, I enclose a piece from my travel archives about

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