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Posters, traditional Chinese dancing, and a political prisoner: investigating Shen Yun’s religious connections

Posters, traditional Chinese dancing, and a political prisoner: investigating Shen Yun’s religious connections

Zoe Lusk, Caboose editor

May 10, 2019


Filed under Arts and Culture

You’ve seen the ads. For most San Franciscans, the words “Shen Yun” summon images of the inescapable pastel posters. This year’s advertisements, which feature a serene woman leaping with arms outstretched set against a glaring lavender background, seem to be on every bus, train, telephone pol...

20 Great Reads of 2015

20 Great Reads of 2015

Zachary Ngin, Book Critic

December 16, 2015


Filed under Features, Uncategorized

Here is a sampling of the best nonfiction articles of the year.       MEET THE AMERICAN VIGILANTES WHO ARE FIGHTING ISIS Jennifer Percy – The New York Times Magazine “Like Marlow on his way up the Congo, these men seemed to experience a disturbance in their Western consciousness. … These were ...

Book Review: Lost on China’s Whirlwind Roads

Book Review: Lost on China’s Whirlwind Roads

Zachary Ngin, Book Critic

December 1, 2015


Filed under Arts and Culture, Top Stories

Electricity flickers across the earth, triggering the annihilation of old China — 9.9 tons of dynamite. They are building a new Economic Development Zone in Zhejiang Province, and they’ve already leveled exactly 108 mountains and hills. A foreman says they’ve blasted 1.2 million cubic meters of thi...

Ai Weiwei’s exhibition uses Alcatraz to retaliate against lack of freedom of speech

Olivia Meehan, Staff Writer

January 15, 2015


Filed under Arts and Culture

52 years after it held America’s worst criminals, Alcatraz is now home to the internationally renowned work of China’s famous art activist, Ai Weiwei. In 2011, Weiwei was secretly detained for 81 days in China, due to vocal criticism of his government, and he is still unable to leave the country...

New Urban School academic initiative aims to create global citizens

New Urban School academic initiative aims to create global citizens

Sabrina Werby and Cody Siler, Staff writers

February 23, 2012


Filed under News, Top Stories

Urban’s curriculum committee is tackling the new frontier of global education as part of its Vision 2013 initiative. Over the next few years, students can expect to get Skype buddies, study global issues such as poverty, and travel to foreign lands — though trips may take place more often via a keyboard...

Prominent Chinese artist detained

Prominent Chinese artist detained

Cody Siler, Staff Writer

April 7, 2011


Filed under Arts and Culture

Ai Weiwei, a prominent Chinese artist and architect, has disappeared since being detained by the authorities at the Beijing Airport on April 3. Ai, whose “Sunflower Seeds” installation is on display at the Tate Modern gallery in London, has been called China’s “most famous artist.” Ai h...

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