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By LESTER S. PICKER | March 9, 1992
When Alexis de Tocqueville visited America some two hundred years ago, he marveled at the volunteer spirit of its citizens and their passion for charitable works for the betterment of their communities. That spirit has grown to the point that today philanthropy is culturally ingrained into the American experience.But American-type charity has spread far beyond our borders. With globalization, the pace of change throughout the world has increased, bringing with it intense social problems. Many of these problems can be addressed more efficiently, and with greater permanence, through the application of charitable efforts.
February 3, 2008
DVD THE GOLDEN AGE / / Universal Pictures. Available Tuesday. DVD: $19.98. HD-DVD: $39.98. ....................... Ten years after first donning that imposing red wig, Cate Blanchett reprises her role as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. While the sequel lacks much of the crackling tension and intrigue that made 1997's Elizabeth so successful, Blanchett is no less impressive. Nominated for an Oscar for the role, she exudes intelligence and authority as she commands her court while still conveying a deep sense of regret and isolation in her private life.
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2010
Dressing like a rogue Catholic priest in search of demons and vampires created by Nazis might not immediately evoke thoughts of fashion — let alone pay homage to East Asian culture. But Marylander Andrew Swetz thinks he is doing just that each year as he dresses in Asian comic book-inspired outfits at Otakon, a three-day gathering of Asian culturural enthusiasts in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The event — said to be the oldest and second-largest of its kind — attracts more than 25,000 people, as well as a fair share of stares from puzzled tourists who likely don't understand why throngs of people are walking the streets of Baltimore dressed as anime, comics and video game characters.
By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,Sun Reporter | April 29, 2007
It started in 1995 when Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo proved a Japanese pitcher could succeed in the major leagues. Ichiro Suzuki eventually followed, and showed that a Japanese slap hitter can dominate here. Then came Hideki Matsui, who demonstrated that the Japanese can hit for power and drive in runs, too. And this year major league baseball has been smacked upside the noggin by Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka and his multitude of pitches and arm angles. A dozen years after the advent of Nomomania, the debate has ended.
By Lan Nguyen and Lan Nguyen,Sun Staff Writer | May 2, 1994
Worthington Elementary School students who are studying about Japan are getting first-hand lessons.Yuriko Yamaguchi, a 28-year-old teacher and native of Japan, is at the Ellicott City school to teach third-graders about Japanese life and culture as they learn about her country through a social studies unit.Miss Yamaguchi arrived in the United States two weeks ago as part of a Japanese-American exchange program. She will teach at the school for nine months."I'm here to teach children in America about the real Japan and Japanese heart," says Miss Yamaguchi, a petite, enthusiastic woman with shoulder-length hair and a pleasant smile.
By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 22, 1997
EXOTIC STRAINS of Japanese music filled the air at Longfellow Elementary School last week as Shizumi, a Japanese-born choreographer and dancer, visited the school."
By New York Times News Service | September 25, 1994
Q: Do you know of any firms that offer small group tours to Japan to historic, artistic and cultural sites?A: Organizing small group tours to Japan is a specialized field with only a relative handful of full-time practitioners and a correspondingly small number of programs. A tour, say, to tea-ceremony centers might take two years to set up and, because of its generally limited appeal, might be repeated only every five years.The following companies have wide experience in the field:The North Group, 2250 Broadway, No. 20B, New York, N.Y. 10024, (212)
By Linda Lowe Morris | November 24, 1991
Easton -- Here along the banks of the Miles River, a house sits quietly apart. It is named for a haiku and patterned after geese in flight, and for its owners, it is a dream fulfilled: a house that draws its design from the traditional Japanese teahouse.The owners are a retired couple (who do not wish to be identified). The husband is a retired Marine colonel who spent several years stationed in Japan and during this time he was captivated by the teahouse."The teahouse architecture evolved out of the tea ceremony where the Japanese celebrate purity, refinement and withdrawal from material concerns," says Wayne Good, the Annapolis architect who designed the house.
By Ellen Uzelac and Ellen Uzelac,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 13, 1991
SALEM, W.Va. -- When the annual apple butter festival opens in this tiny Appalachian town today, revelers will find many familiar standbys: an apple pie bake-off, a quilt show and a contest for the longest squirrel tail.But after the clogging exhibition and just before the greased pig contest, they will encounter two new entries that have nothing to do with the traditions of the community and everything to do with its future: displays of origami and demonstrations of Japanese martial arts.
Sitting with classmates around a grill at the Sakura Japanese Steak House, Mackenzie Wiedecker and Caitie Boles watched as a chef prepared their lunch on the grill in front of them. They said they were excited to use chopsticks to eat the rice, vegetables, chicken and steak the chef was cooking. The two seventh-graders had walked the short distance from West Middle School to the Westminster restaurant as part of a class field trip. The pupils had been learning about Japan, and the trip was designed to give them a first-hand look at aspects of Japanese art, architecture, culture - and food.
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