C-100 Governor and cellist Yo-Yo Ma won the nation's highest civilian honor on February 15. President Barack Obama gave Ma and 12 other exceptional people the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony held in the East Room of the White House.
By Anthony James, Staff Writer
Bale returns to China
Ending rumors that Leonardo Decaprio or Tom Cruise would take a role in Zhang Yimou's highly anticipated new film Jinling Shi San Chai (Nanjing Heroes), it was announced that the featured Hollywood A-lister would be Christian Bale. This would mark the return Far East of the critically acclaimed actor after his film debut in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun.
One Hundred Years of Modern Turmoil
By Raymond Lum
The Birth of a Republic: Francis Stafford’s Photographs of China’s 1911 Revolution and Beyond
By Hanchao Lu
University of Washington Press, 2010, 240 pages, US$40.00
Photographs of people taking photographs of other people are fairly common, but those of people sitting on top of or emerging from a camera are indeed rare and unusual. A nearly two-page spread (pp. 180-181) in this delightful and important book records the young male staff of Shanghai’s Commercial Press draped over and around, and even exiting from, a huge real or faux camera, and includes the photographer himself, the American Francis Stafford.
By Thomas Rose
Weiji, an idiomatic term that might be considered a concept rather than something definable, implies that when encountering difficulties there are often many options one can take. The idea of a crisis, real or insinuated can often take us from our normal course and redirect our attention to alternate ideas, requiring us to rethink our assumptions and open our minds to new opportunities. As such, the students from the Schools of Photography at the Beijing Film Academy and the Art Department of the University of Minnesota have constructed visual analogies to the concept of Weiji or Crisis = Opportunity.