FROM Julie Makinen
Japan's obsession with LA, circa 1976, is back When it comes to fashion, art, and design, Tokyo has become one of the world’s trendsetters. But for a moment in 1976, Los Angeles was Tokyo’s muse. That was thanks to a Japanese pop culture and fashion magazine called “Popeye.” For its first issue, the editors put out a glossy anthropological survey of Los Angeles life, mainly youth culture: skateboarding, surfing and a lot of UCLA gear. That issue became a cultural sensation, and formed an idealized vision of LA in the minds of millions of Japanese people. It’s been 40 years, but that issue is back on newsstands after the publisher chose to reprint it , and again, it’s a sensation in Tokyo.
Survivors Pulled from the Rubble in Nepal Five days after a massive earthquake in Nepal, rescue workers pulled two more people from the rubble in Kathmandu. It was a rare bit of good news in a city struggling to cope with the disaster. It also followed suggestions by Nepalese officials that it was too late to find survivors and that international rescue teams should go home. Julie Makinen, Beijing Bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times , joins us now from Kathmandu.
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.”
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.