Book Review – “Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South”

Thanks to “Google Scholar Alerts,” I learned first thing this morning that I officially have another publication–although just a book review I wrote in March 2017–under my hat. This publication is an academic book review of Adrienne Berard’s Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim CrowContinue reading “Book Review – “Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South””

Drugs, War, and Nazi Germany

Last night I finished reading Norman Ohler’s fascinating and best-selling Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich (2017, translated by Shaun Whiteside). Ohler describes the relationships between Adolf Hitler and drugs, Nazi soldiers and drugs, and German society and drugs. In addition, Ohler explains how drugs changed the nature of wars.  Society, War, and Drugs Before continuing,Continue reading “Drugs, War, and Nazi Germany”

Creating and Omitting History, Fundamentalist Nationalism, and the A Beka History Textbooks

I first started officially drafting this article on August 7, 2015! During the past two years, I have constantly struggled with how to approach the issues raised in this post. I am always interested in how different institutions teach History, and a while back, I discovered that the A Beka History Textbooks are very problematic. AtContinue reading “Creating and Omitting History, Fundamentalist Nationalism, and the A Beka History Textbooks”

Promoting (Anti-)Violence with Violence in Shawn Mendes’s “Treat You Better” (2016)

Recently, I was listening to videos on YouTube for research, and I didn’t realize the “autoplay – up next” feature was on until I heard Shawn Mendes’s “Treat You Better.” The song bothered me. Once I looked, the music-video bothered me, too. It’s taken a few days to start put my finger on it, butContinue reading “Promoting (Anti-)Violence with Violence in Shawn Mendes’s “Treat You Better” (2016)”

“Samsara” (2011) and the Choreography of Life

Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson’s Samsara (2011) is a documentary that chronicles what I would like to term the “choreography of life.” Unlike virtually all other documentaries, there are no spoken words, no traditional narration. But, the “music” track is beautiful. (Some of the track, such as the Islamic Prayers “sounds” like music but isn’t, technically orContinue reading ““Samsara” (2011) and the Choreography of Life”

“The Shack” (2017): Representations and Uses of Christian Theology

Stuart Hazeldine’s The Shack (2017) is one of the latest in a flood of recent Christian-themed movies. Unlike many of its cousin films, The Shack adopts a much more progressive interpretation of Christian Theology that sharply contrasts with that of Fundamentalist Christian Theology.  The Shack challenges people to re-think how the Christian God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are conceptualized inContinue reading ““The Shack” (2017): Representations and Uses of Christian Theology”

13 Reasons Why “13 Reasons Why” Demands Caution

Given how many of my students have been watching and talking about 13 Reasons Why, as well as how many think-pieces I have been seeing, I figured I had better see what it is all about for myself. I binge-watched the entire series, thirteen episodes, a few days ago. Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why revolves around Hannah Baker, a highContinue reading “13 Reasons Why “13 Reasons Why” Demands Caution”

“I Am Not Your Negro” (2017) and Useable Pasts

I Am Not Your Negro (2017), Raoul Peck’s documentary film inspired by the life, work, and vision of James Baldwin, is a masterpiece. I have really been looking forward to seeing this film, as I have heard so many good things about it. I watched it this evening, as it was finally fully released today. Here I shareContinue reading ““I Am Not Your Negro” (2017) and Useable Pasts”