FROM Ellen O'Connell
Ivory Satao, thought to be one of the world’s largest living elephants, has been found dead, shot with a poisoned arrow, in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. It’s estimated that more than 20,000 elephants were killed by poachers in Africa in 2013, and that number is actually down from the previous year. Most of the raw ivory taken by poachers ends up in China. But the US is the world’s second largest market -- and California in particular is a big destination for contraband ivory products. We take a look at the Ivory market. Why has the demand for ivory increased lately?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.