Don Lee

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Why Jersey City Missed Out On Being the Big Apple

Because those living, working and playing in Manhattan were trapped between the East and Hudson Rivers, intellectual cross-fertilization was almost …

The truth about Japanese tempura

When 16th-Century Portuguese came to Japan, they brought a special dish with them. Today, in Japan, it’s called tempura and has been a staple of the country’s cuisine ever since.<p>In 1543, a Chinese ship with three Portuguese sailors on board was headed to Macau, but was swept off course and ended up …

Japan

Manchu, Once China’s Official Language, Could Lose Its Voice

Tao Qinglan can still speak her mother tongue, Manchu, but everything else has changed since she was born 72 years ago in Sanjiazi Village.<p>She now lives with her Manchu daughter and Han son-in-law in a modern brick house, and they speak Mandarin at home. None of the houses in the village have …

The curious story of how transatlantic exchange shaped Italy’s illustrious coffee culture

In 1959, Italian novelist Italo Calvino received a grant to spend six months in the US. Once he arrived in New York City, he discovered a disturbing trend.<p>“The trend of espresso-places has been thriving for a few years in New York and is expanding to the rest of the country,” he wrote in his …

Chile, Mexico, U.S. Have Highest Inequality Rates, OECD Says

Chile, Mexico and the U.S. are the developed countries with the highest rates of inequality, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and …

The Five Lies of Global Capitalism

<i>This is an edited extract of</i> The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work Does Not Pay <i>by Guy Standing (Biteback, 2016).</i><p>Today we have …

To Raise Kids With More Empathy, We Need to Do Everything Wrong

Every parent wants their children to excel, so we line up tutors, buy the latest electronics, arrange after-school classes, and anything else to help …

Seoul’s dynamic cityscape: an architectural tour through the South Korean capital

In the heart of Seoul a redundant overpass is getting a makeover. Other cities might have demolished the 1970 structure, but urban planners in South Korea's capital have more ambitious and, crucially, greener plans.<p>In the spirit of New York's High Line elevated garden promenade, Seoul will launch …

Cockyboys Get Artsy In New Homoerotic Photography Book

Drawing inspiration from Madonna’s 1992 <i>Sex</i>book, the good men of Cockyboys have released their own glossy X-rated coffee table book called <i>A Thing of</i> …

Why borders matter — and a borderless world is a fantasy

Borders are in the news as never before. With Muslim refugees flooding into the European Union from the Middle East, and with terrorism on the rise, a popular revolt is taking shape against the so-called Schengen Area agreements, which give free rights of movement within Europe. The European masses …

Society

Old Rusty Ship Turned Into Stunning Building With Trees And Plants

South Korea-based Shinslab Architecture created a stunning pavilion titled ‘Temp’L’ for the Seoul edition of MoMA’s Young Architects Program. It …

US linguist's e-book looks at evolution of Mandarin

US author David Moser shares with Chinese-language learners his insight and less-known facts about the language in his book <i>A Billion Voices</i>. [Photo …

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Occasionally one sees a building that, through a combination of factors (design, obviously, but also setting, uniqueness, materials and scale), stops one in one’s tracks. Structures such as the Taj Mahal, the Chrysler Building, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the pyramids, Mont Saint-Michel, the great …

Natural History Museum

Saigon's Coffee Revolution

Even if you’ve never even visited Vietnam, the chances are that you’ve already consumed its coffee at some point in your life. As the world’s …

Coffee

China’s tarnished image hinders efforts to get others to speak its language

No nation is more keen to have the world adopt its tongue than China, which spends heavily to subsidize language studies and has pushed for international recognition of its "intangible cultural heritage."<p>But even government largesse from the world's second-largest economic power hasn't been enough …

ISIS Is a Symptom, Not the Cause, of the Middle East’s Disintegration

We live in an age of disintegration. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Greater Middle East and Africa. Across the vast swath of territory …

The Way We Learn Today Is Just Wrong

Over 155 million Americans play video games, and spend upwards of 3 billion hours per week engrossed in a game.<p>The way we learn today is just wrong.<p>Learning needs to be less like memorization, and more like… Angry Birds.<p>Half of school dropouts name boredom as the No. 1 reason they left.<p>How do we …

International Artist Feature: South Korea

For this article in the international artist series, we turn to South Korea, featuring seven artists who create fantastic work, from illustration to …

A Map Of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You

Some people may be dimly aware that Thailand's chilies and Italy's tomatoes — despite being central to their respective local cuisines — originated in South America. Now, for the first time, a new study reveals the full extent of globalization in our food supply. More than two-thirds of the crops …

Agriculture

The Top Coffee Spots In Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, once the political capital of Japan, is now the nation’s undisputed cultural center. This is the home of the country’s most iconic traditions, …

Japan

In Nagoya, Trunk Coffee's Changing Coffee The Gentle Way

Nagoya is Japan’s fourth-largest city. It sits snugly in the center of Japan’s main island, Honshu, and is the stop between Tokyo and Osaka on the …

The world's most beautiful mosques

Islam

The South Korean Government Is Steadily Eroding Democratic Freedoms

<i>Seoul—</i>Inside the intensive-care unit (ICU) of Seoul National University Hospital, Baek Nam-gi, a 69-year-old farmer and lifelong political activist, …

As charters grow, public schools see sharp enrollment drop

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Standing before the Los Angeles Unified School Board, Susan Zoller delivered a startling assessment: More than 100,000 students in the nation's second-largest district were now enrolled in charters, draining more than $500 million from the budget in a single academic year.<p>"The …

Has Portland Lost its Way?

A few weeks ago, Portland residents got some unsurprising news: the city's housing prices are officially rising faster than anywhere else in the …

Amazing Global Architecture Highlighted in Huge Online Documentary Collection

All free to watch on YouTube<p>Architecture and documentary buffs, you'll want to sit down for this one (really.) As ArchDaily has just uncovered, one very delightful corner of YouTube, namely a channel called ACB (The Art & Culture Bureau), currently hosts more than 50 documentaries exploring some of …

Pershing Square's new design is flat and simple – and that's a good thing

On Thursday, Los Angeles got some good news. Pershing Square, the park at the heart of a revivifying downtown, has been handed over to Agence Ter, a French landscape architecture firm, for its next big makeover. The plan, which was chosen from among four finalists in the Pershing Square Renew …

Urban Design

Polari, a secret language used by gay men in Britain at a time when homosexuality was illegal.

<i>Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world’s hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook and Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter.</i><p>These days, very few …

When LA was stripped of its beloved streetcar in the 1960s, the city was quickly thrust into a traffic-clogged world of private cars and diesel buses. But with the involvement of automobile and oil companies, was this the work of a conspiracy?<p>The last train on the last line of greater Los Angeles’ …

Urban Design

How Islam Created Europe

In late antiquity, the religion split the Mediterranean world in two. Now it is remaking the Continent.<p>Europe was essentially defined by Islam. And Islam is redefining it now.<p>For centuries in early and middle antiquity, <i>Europe</i> meant the world surrounding the Mediterranean, or <i>Mare Nostrum</i> (“Our …

North Africa