月曜日, 3月 28, 2005

Just Saw the Grudge...

I can't believe I spent an entire month living in one of those freakishly old tatami-mat, creaking-doors, cramped Japanese traditional rooms. In Kyoto, where people like to walk around in wooden clogs with a lantern in the middle of the night. (True story. They'd go past our window and freak us out every night.) And I'll be spending this summer in some remote fishing village, with enough flashbacks to the Ring (Japanese version.)

o_O

日曜日, 3月 27, 2005

Standing up for peace:
According to the Associated Press, about 1 million people took part in the march, while organizers said about 3,500 tour buses carrying participants coming from around the country poured into the capital city. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), one of the organizers, said that more than 1 million people took part in the march yesterday.

Before Chen's appearance on stage, the atmosphere climaxed when the leaders of civic groups and political leaders led the participants in singing songs in chorus in various languages to highlight the people of Taiwan's hope for peace and democracy.
As the melodious notes of She's our baby, sung in Hoklo, Friends and We are family, sung in Mandarin, Hakka's true colors, sung in Hakka, and We shall overcome sung in English, wafted through the warm air of the spring afternoon, many of the people singing had tears in their eyes.
Although the participants in the march were of many different ages, ethnic groups and nationalities, they all said that they did not approve of China's threatening Taiwan with the Anti-Secession Law.
"The purpose of the march is for us to come out and say aloud that we are firmly opposed to China's Anti-Secession Law, and that we want peace and we don't want war," said a pharmacist surnamed Yeh (葉), who works in the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital "Today's march also symbolizes a non-violent movement and shows our love of the land."

水曜日, 3月 23, 2005

At a small table in Eliot Square's Cafe Paradiso Sunday afternoon, sixth-year doctoral student Lauren J. Willig is sipping a latte and marking up a thick sheaf of papers with red ink. But she's not poring over the rushed contentions of a new batch of undergraduate midterms, or a draft of her dissertation on British history of the Tudor-Stuart period, or even a judicial opinion for her second year at Harvard Law School....The racing, racy historical narrative is driven by plucky characters with dual lives like 20-year-old Amy Balcourt, a.k.a. The Pink Carnation, who abandons a peaceful life in the British countryside to avenge her guillotined aristocrat father. Witty, rapier-wielding Lord Richard Selwick, a foppish Egyptologist at home in England, ventures into Bonaparte's sanctum and dons the dashing mask of The Purple Gentian to save fair Brittania—and win Balcourt's quivering Regency-era heart.

"This wonderful marketing person [at Dutton] came up to me and said, 'So, for Richard, Orlando Bloom?'" Willig remembers. "We toyed with the idea of Anne Hathaway for Amy...We couldn't find a role for Colin Firth, which was distressing."

Forget grad school...this is what I'm going to do after college. :p