Oh East is East, and West is West, and never the two shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth.” -Rudyard Kipling, “The Ballad of East and West”
Is Christianity a Western religion? That may not strike us as a significant question, may not register as something necessary to establish as true or false. But there are two reasons why it is important to dispel the illusion that Christianity is a “Western” religion.
Is Christianity a Western religion? What does it mean to have a “Western” and “Eastern” world?
Ironically, The very notion of a “Western” and “Eastern” world is itself a Western invention, a relic of colonialism,and a potentially oppressive ideology. At best, it’s a shallow and arbitrary view of the world. Continue reading →
You probably know this is a photo of “the wall,” the most famous section of the Viet Nam war memorial in DC. It was designed by Maya Lin, a Chinese American architect. The purpose of the design was to create the image (when seen from above) of a giant wound, not a sign of victory, but a sign of hurt, of pain. Many people objected to this “non-triumphant” design, as well as the idea of an Asian designing it (even though Lin was Chinese and not Viet Namese, and by heritage only, having no prior allegiances to another nation). I can’t think of a more appropriate way to go about it. Continue reading →
Since I was a huge 007 fan as an adolescent, every 007 movie revives that in me. So I couldn’t resist thinking of what the next 007 movie should be and why.
We know Casino Royale with Daniel Craig rebooted the entire franchise with a fresh take that is actually more true to Ian Fleming’s novels than any of the previous twenty-one. Casino itself was based off the first novel and was pretty true to the story. With Quantum they wrote an original story as a sequel to Casino named after the title of another Bond story. Skyfall is yet another original, and forms somewhat of a trilogy, since (I won’t give it away) the movie brings a sort of closure to a certain character’s storyline, and embarks a new era for Bond. Continue reading →