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Review: Golden Chopstix

Since the Chinese invented gunpowder, the toothbrush, and paper money, we might as well also credit them with Spanish tapas and Scandinavian smörgåsbord.
Some yummy dim sum
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 15, 2013
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Review: Somewhere Between

Upon her adoption of a Chinese baby girl, filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton wondered how, in years to come, her daughter would view her racial identity.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 19, 2012
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The newest best reason to go to Brunswick

Early this year on this page I urged Mainers to stop complaining about our choices for Chinese food — to cease wishing for "a transcendent Chinese place that surprises and delights."
The Tao of deliciousness
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 28, 2012

Trade search or junket?

Isn't it wonderful that the government that has cut every human-services program it can and has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to further cut MaineCare and health programs for fellow citizens has somehow now found the capital to send a g
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, September 14, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 14, 2012
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Review: The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Swords aren't the only things flying in Tsui Hark's splendidly absurd wuxia — the first Chinese martial-arts film in 3D.
The first Chinese martial-arts film in 3D
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 31, 2012
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Review: Double Trouble

David Chang's inept martial arts comedy confirms the genius of Jackie Chan.
Inept martial arts comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 08, 2012


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Review: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Chinese activist Ai Weiwei combines the chutzpah of Michael Moore, the antic iconoclasm of Duchamp, and the humility of Gandhi, and it's not enough.
China's most famous artist
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 20, 2012
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‘Taoist Gods’ and ‘Immortals’ at Brown and RISD

As China marked the beginning of the Year of the Dragon with lion and dragon dances and fireworks last week, Brown University's Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology was debuting "Taoist Gods from China: Ceremonial Paintings from the Mien".
The language of aesthetics
By GREG COOK  |  February 03, 2012
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Review: China Taste

It's often claimed that there is no good Chinese food in Portland. But when four Maine Chinese buffet restaurants were raided by federal agents for deplorable working conditions, money laundering, and other alleged crimes a few months back, it put things
The family-run place you're hoping for
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 27, 2012
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Review: The Viral Factor

Made for a modest budget of $17 million — and feeling like it (who needs convincing explosions in an action movie?), Dante Lam's latest still gets the job done from a run-and-gun standpoint.
Run and gun
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 20, 2012
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From Cheers to China with Greg Luttrell

It's a Saturday afternoon in Jamaica Plain and Greg Luttrell is sipping a house special at Canary Square.
Custom fit
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 09, 2011


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Chinese bronzes from thousands of years ago at Bowdoin

Chinese bronzes are often felt, quite rightly, to fall within the purview of scholars and collectors who delight in detailed changes from one period or region to another.
Alive with the past
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 09, 2011
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Review: My Thai Vegan Cafe

It's not easy being vegan.
Vegan Thai cuisine even omnivores can love  
By MC SLIM JB  |  October 14, 2011
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Review: 1911

Few in the West know about it, and are likely to be more confused by this bombastic, incoherent, though occasionally eloquent period.
Jackie Chan, deprived of his comic and physical skills, falls flat
By Peter Keough  |  October 07, 2011
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In his new graphic novel, Craig Thompson wins an argument with God

This book is a gorgeous object; to make it, Thompson apparently covered himself in honey and rolled around in a thousand years of Arabic calligraphy and Islamic art, and the result is breathtaking — the amount of ink expended on one resplendent panel aft
Illuminated manuscript
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  September 02, 2011

Review: Sura

There are nearly three dozen Chinese restaurants in the Providence vicinity, but Korean? Not so much.
East meets East
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 05, 2011


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Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Two intense friendships intertwine in Wayne Wang's elegant and engrossing adaptation of Lisa See's novel. Actresses Li Bingbing and Gianna Jun play dual roles: modern Chinese women Nina and Sophia and their 19th-century counterparts, Lily and Snow Flower
Chinese women of the past and present
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 22, 2011
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Oh, the Humanities

The data contained within the following illustration represents the most common words found in the titles of more than 150 doctoral theses in the humanities and social sciences published in 2010.
 A word cloud representing 6,574,357 hours of scholarship
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 29, 2011
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Review: Figa

In the not-so-distant future, thanks to poor management and changing weather patterns, we are likely to face crippling shortages of fresh water.
Figa opens at last, with influences delicate and broad
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 22, 2011
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China Syndrome

Massachusetts has successfully jumped way out in front of every other state in the race for a share of the emerging trillion-dollar clean-energy market — which might end up meaning nothing, as the United States pisses away its chance to be part of that
Ian Bowles reflects on moving Massachusetts into the lead on clean energy -- and how the feds might have thrown it all away
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 18, 2011
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Opera from BLO, the Met, and Teatro Lirico, plus top-level conducting at the BSO

Opera in Boston is now back in full swing. Boston Lyric Opera, with a company of singers and designers largely new to Boston led by Boston Classical Orchestra music director Steven Lipsitt, gave a memorable production of the opera that composer Viktor Ul
Good works
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 18, 2011


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Found in translation

When Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young boys moved from Maine to Beijing in 2008, she had plans to write about her experience as a mother in that huge, foreign world.
Local book launch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 04, 2011
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Slideshow: Treasures from the Forbidden City

The Emperor's Private Paradise at the Peabody Essex Museum, now through January 9, 2011
The Emperor's Private Paradise at the Peabody Essex Museum, now through January 9, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 24, 2010
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An Emperor's heaven on earth

Salem's Peabody Essex Museum has pulled off the curatorial coup of the year with "The Emperor's Private Paradise," which reveals to the public for the first time 90 "treasures from the Forbidden City," the Chinese imperial palace in Beijing.
The Peabody Essex Museum scores a curatorial coup
By GREG COOK  |  September 24, 2010

Review: Wu's

When I heard that Wu’s was the favorite restaurant of a vegetarian acquaintance, I thought we might give it a try.
Turning up the heat in Westerly
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2010
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Review: The Karate Kid (2010)

What happens when Will Smith wants a franchise for his boy.
Shouldn't it be "The Kung Fu Kid"?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 11, 2010


Secret desires

Everywhere I go, people keep asking me, “Who’s going to win the election?” Often, my answer depends on my mood (which ranges from bad to horrendous).
Who's going to win the election?
By AL DIAMON  |  June 04, 2010
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Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD  |  May 28, 2010
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Sichuan Gourmet

I’ve been miffed for some years that Boston’s suburbs had all the best Sichuan restaurants.
Traditional Sichuan flavors to reawaken your jaded palate
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 28, 2010
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Cape Wind: It’s Complicated

Thousands of years ago, the terrain beneath what is now Nantucket Sound was dry, and populated by the ancestors of the Wampanoag people, who continue to revere it.
Obama gave the project a green light, but now the real fight begins.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  May 07, 2010