Mother Tongue

By Sophie Liu-Othmer

I speak Chinese to my dog

Baby, my precious son, my heart and liver*

How beautiful you are

Yellow coat, and those black eyes

Oh, they are even slanted like mine

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.

By Liu Wei, China Daily

Opening the Chinese movie market will benefit both China and the United States, a top U.S. film industry leader says.

Robert Pisano, president of the Motion Picture Association of America, told China Daily that discussions are ongoing between the Chinese and U.S. government on whether to further expand the fastest growing film market in the world.

Local artist Priscilla Briggs showcases work in St. Paul

By Anthony James, Staff Writer


Narrow hallways of the were packed on a sweltering Friday evening in the IFP headquarters, a local non-profit that supports local artists. On one of the painted white walls hung a photo of a brassiere billboard within one of China’s largest factory district. While the juxtaposition and tone of the ad signify modernity and life, the streets below it were stained with shoddy shantytowns along a trash-ridden highway.

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