'20th Century Women': Smoke signals from the late 1970s

Jun 7, 2017

'20th Century Women': Smoke signals from the late 1970s

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American culture in the mid-20th century begs a multitude of descriptions, but if I had to sum it up in one word, it would probably be “smoking.” People chain-smoked through the Vietnam protests, Watergate scandal, Stonewall riots and innumerable other events, both historic and ...

High infidelity: Ayumi Ito reprises her role in 'Hirugao'

Jun 6, 2017

High infidelity: Ayumi Ito reprises her role in 'Hirugao'

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A Japanese drama that instigated a nationwide debate about female infidelity and societal values, “Hirugao: Love Affairs in the Afternoon” has been made into a heart-wrenching movie that aims to have audiences reaching for the tissues. Set three years after the television series ended, ...

Sewing words for thought

Feb 19, 2013

Sewing words for thought

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Some words can evoke powerful images, values and stereotypes that have crept into our subconsciousness to sometimes dictate the way we think or behave. For Ruri Clarkson, this is something that needs to be challenged in Japan, and which she does herself with art.