Umi, the kiss of the ocean by Julie O’Yang **Short sotry first published in Japan Anthology, Pirene’s Fountain, Chicago, 2011. See cover below. His name was Kawa, meaning river. Today Kawa gave a party to celebrate his 9th birthday. It was not the kind of party he had expected, since everyone told him 9 is […]

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*In memoriam of the May 4th Movement* May Fourth Movement, intellectual revolution and sociopolitical reform movement that occurred in China in 1917–21. The movement was directed toward national independence, emancipation of the individual, and rebuilding society and culture. In 1915, in the face of Japanese encroachment on China, young intellectuals, inspired by “New Youth” (Xinqingnian), […]

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