Violin made from 3/11 tsunami debris leads Australian concert

National Mar 17, 2018

Violin made from 3/11 tsunami debris leads Australian concert

A violin made almost entirely from debris from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeast Japan in 2011 was the centerpiece of a commemorative concert Friday in Melbourne. The performance, "Resonance: A Tsunami Violin Concert," marked the seventh anniversary of the magnitude 9 earthquake that ...

Melbourne driver charged with attempted murder

Asia Pacific / Crime & Legal Dec 23, 2017

Melbourne driver charged with attempted murder

The man accused of deliberately plowing into Christmas shoppers on a busy street in the Australian city of Melbourne was charged on Saturday with 18 counts of attempted murder. The Thursday incident was the second serious vehicle attack in Australia's second biggest city this year. Police ...

Nine foreign nationals among 19 injured by driver in Melbourne

Asia Pacific Dec 22, 2017

Nine foreign nationals among 19 injured by driver in Melbourne

Nearly half the 19 people injured when a driver with no known extremist links plowed into pedestrians in the southern city of Melbourne were foreign nationals, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday. Police allege that the 32-year-old Australian man, a refugee from Afghanistan, had ...

Cultural disorientation is dancer Yumi Umiumare's artistic drive

People | WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN? Oct 21, 2017

Cultural disorientation is dancer Yumi Umiumare's artistic drive

by Andrew Eglinton

At a certain level, the act of resettling overseas unsettles the idea of home itself. It ruptures the narrative of belonging that we construct through attachments to people and places. For the immigrant, home is no longer an immutable fact, but a space between memory and desire — always elsewhere. This sense of estrangement is perhaps most strongly felt when returning "home" after a long period of leave. As Czech novelist Milan Kundera once put it, going back reveals "the substantial strangeness of the world and of existence." ...