Thanksgiving

A summer evening in 2009. Rui and I stopped at St. Mark’s Bookshop at Astor Place to read after a day in the Tompkins Square Park playground  and an early supper nearby. Rui and I frequently sat on little seats in front of the children’s books there, where I read him nearly everything on the … More Thanksgiving

China Syndrome: What’s Political Economy Got To Do With Japanese International Child Abduction?

As President Obama returned Sunday from a trip to Asia that was filled with signs that the United States plans to be a counterweight to Beijing’s growing influence in that region, Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates have stepped up their denunciation of China’s trade practices, casting the country as predatory and a culprit for … More China Syndrome: What’s Political Economy Got To Do With Japanese International Child Abduction?

Situational Hostility of a Japanese State-Sanctioned Child Abduction

Distress crept up hard this week, and I’ve learned that no amount of preparation can match the psyche, blow for blow, when it comes to Rui’s abduction to and by  Japan. I cannot mourn him because that implies resignation. I am not now, nor will I allow myself the luxury of becoming resigned,  nor will … More Situational Hostility of a Japanese State-Sanctioned Child Abduction