I have been intrigued by the life of pioneering Chinese-American immigrant Seid Back ever since I first was “introduced” to him in The Oregonian archives. Here was a fascinating man who straddled multiple realms of identity in Oregon’s early history, who protected his community in the face of virulent persecution, who made a fortune inContinue reading “Seid Back for Oregon Encyclopedia”
I’ve got an op-ed (written with my father) out in my hometown newspaper The Santa Fe New Mexican today on the necessity of preserving a mural that has a deeply primal hold on my subconscious. Something about it has always felt Jungian, the figures and forms looming large over flashes of my sun-baked southwestern childhood.Continue reading “On preserving Gilberto Guzman’s “Multi-Cultural” mural in Santa Fe, New Mexico”
“Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.”—Victor Hugo
This next story just breaks my heart. Seventy years of veneration, smashed up in an instant by vandals in Baker, Oregon.