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  • What "Divorce" understands about marriage

    Published on:Oct 16, 2016Source: newyorker.com
    Last year, in holding that states must allow gay and straight couples alike to enter civil marriage, the Supreme Court extolled the “transcendent importance of marriage,” its beauty, nobility, and dignity. That was the fulsome culmination of the decades that led to marriage equality. But, just as two people must enter marriage with the law’s blessing, they need the law in order to exit it. As legal marriage is now universally available, so, too, is legal divorce. Marking the start of a period in which divorce may well get more attention is the new HBO series “Divorce,” whic...[Read]
  • Double solitude

    Published on:Oct 15, 2016Source: newyorker.com
    At eighty-seven, I am solitary. I live by myself on one floor of the 1803 farmhouse where my family has lived since the Civil War. After my grandfather died, my grandmother Kate lived here alone. Her three daughters visited her. In 1975, Kate died at ninety-seven, and I took over. Forty-odd years later, I spend my days alone in one of two chairs. From an overstuffed blue chair in my living room I look out the window at the unpainted old barn, golden and empty of its cows and of Riley the horse. I look at a tulip; I look at snow. In the parlor’s mechanical chair, I write these paragraphs and dicta...[Read]
  • Disney vows to defend rights as Snow White appears at Wanda Park

    Published on:May 30, 2016Source: Bloomberg
    Walt Disney Co. said it’s prepared to take action to protect its intellectual property rights after performers dressed as Snow White and Captain America, as well as stuffed animals that resembled Kung Fu Panda, were featured at Dalian Wanda Group Co.’s new theme park in China. “We vigorously protect our intellectual property and will take action to address infringement,” the company said in an e-mail statement Monday in response to Bloomberg News queries about the characters, who resembled the Disney ones, were on display at a Wanda theme park over the weekend. “Our charact...[Read]
  • Xi stresses Chinese characteristics in philosophy

    Published on:May 17, 2016Source: Xinhua
    President Xi Jinping stressed the irreplaceable role of philosophy and social sciences for building socialism with Chinese characteristics, urging Chinese characteristics to be incorporated in their development. Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks in a speech delivered at a symposium on Tuesday to discuss philosophy and social sciences in China. Xi said a country without advanced development of the natural sciences could not possibly be a leading nation, and neither can a country without booming ...[Read]
  • Japan to issue 10-year multi-entry visas for Chinese

    Published on:May 16, 2016Source: China Daily
    The Japanese government will further ease visa requirements for Chinese citizens as part of its plan to attract 40 million foreign tourists every year by 2020. The plan was adopted at a meeting of the Ministerial Council on the Promotion of Japan as a Tourism-Oriented Country on Friday, Japan Times reported. The newspaper also reported that the new visa rules are expected to be carried out before this summer. Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on its website late last month that 5-year, multi-entry vi...[Read]