Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei

| Jun 13, 2015

Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei

When my parents were young, action movies were about gunslingers, sheriffs and saloons. For my in-laws in Osaka, however, cinema was more about swords and samurai. Usually set in the Edo Period (1603-1868), jidaigeki, or period dramas, follow the sagas and clashes of Japanese ...

Don't text 'beer' in Korea: Words that trigger teen alerts

May 19, 2015

Don't text 'beer' in Korea: Words that trigger teen alerts

“Smart Relief” is a mobile app for parental control of Android smartphones. South Korea’s government funded the app, which alerts parents to possible bullying based on its monitoring of phrases and words used in smartphone messages and in online searches. The developer says it ...

Giving parents credit where rent is due

| May 2, 2015

Giving parents credit where rent is due

by Michael Hoffman

We choose our friends but we don’t choose our parents. Nor do they choose us. It’s a pretty fraught relationship, sometimes, that between parent and child. Perhaps “love-hate” best describes it — hopefully with love dominant. Confucius said — and what Confucius said is ...

Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to baby girl

May 2, 2015

Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to baby girl

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a baby girl, royal officials said Saturday. Kensington Palace said a brief statement that Kate “was safely delivered of a daughter” at 8:34 a.m. London time, less than three hours after she was admitted to ...

Mar 10, 2015

Telling kids they're special may foster narcissism: study

Children who are told they are special by their parents are more likely to become narcissists, according to a study that aimed to uncover the origins of extreme selfishness. The research, published Monday in peer-reviewed U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ...