September 10, 2009 |
The beginning of school has been busy for the Clarksburg High School marching band. Band members have had many practices, in addition to classes. On Friday, the band performed at the Coyotes' 15-8 victory over rival Seneca Valley. And Wednesday, the band was set to travel to China to perform in the Shanghai Tourism Festival parade Saturday. "This will be a once-in-a-lifetime event for the students," said Music Director Chuck Orifici. "They will be taking part in an event with 2 million people along the parade route and 2 million...
July 18, 2011 |
SHANGHAI — Doughnut shops, once a rarity here, have proliferated across the city, with a huge number of rivals — including American giants Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme — now battling for supremacy in the race to give Shanghai's middle-class consumers their morning coffee-and-sugar fix. The opening of so many doughnut shops in so many locations is a testament to Shanghai's growing affluence and the belief that young Chinese with more disposable...
November 3, 2009 |
Nien Cheng, 94, whose memoir "Life and Death in Shanghai" was widely praised as one of the most riveting accounts of the Cultural Revolution, died Nov. 2 of cardiovascular and renal disease at her home in Washington. At a time when China's Communist leader Mao Zedong was trying to purge political rivals and reassert his authority, Mrs. Cheng, the wealthy widow of an oil company executive, was one of untold numbers of professionals who were evicted from their homes by the Red Guard.
April 6, 2009 |
SHANGHAI -- Jiang Xiaoyun stared wide-eyed at the pink cupcakes, pink T-shirts, pink purses and pink dolls in the towering new six-story Barbie flagship store and declared the place a dream come true. "I just thought, 'Wouldn't this be great if this was my home?' " Jiang gushed as she and her cousin snapped photos of themselves with mannequins and talked about how wonderfully "princess-y" everything was. In the United States, Barbies and Barbie products are considered toys and are marketed primarily for girls 8...
February 8, 2013 |
This wonderful book — "wonderful" literally, in that it is full of wonders — has taken an inexplicably long time to reach these shores. Published in England in 2008, a year before J.G. Ballard 's death from especially virulent prostate cancer, it only now appears in the United States, despite the immense popularity of his heavily autobiographical novel "Empire of the Sun" (1984) and Steven Spielberg's even more popular (if considerably less successful artistically) film...
July 5, 2012 |
For three decades, China has enjoyed astronomical growth through massive government investment and by becoming the world's exporting powerhouse. But those days are coming to an end, and the government is looking to Chinese consumers to drive future expansion. But a tradition of thrift and a historic mistrust of officialdom is thwarting efforts to persuade the Chinese to spend more, experts say. And with China's economy in the midst of a major slowdown , the government has not yet moved...