Rebuilding with pagodas
Hom, chair of Asian American studies, commented in an April 13 San Francisco
Chronicle story on how Chinese Americans rebuilt San Francisco's
Chinatown after the 1906 earthquake with a focus on stylized, tourist-attracting
architecture such as pagodas. "It was an ingenious move, selling
a fake China to those white folks who didn't know any better; and the
Chinese community since survived with a degree of prosperity on its own
despite intense racial prejudice and discrimination," he said.
The San Francisco Examiner reported on SF State's project to develop
a 20-year physical master plan for its growing campus. According to
the April 13 article, the key features of the plan "evolved from
the vision statement for the college to have a 'visible and active
presence in The City' and a 'myriad of programs and events [that] draw
the greater community to the campus.'"
McClellan tips his hand
An April 15 Houston Chronicle profile of now former White House spokesperson
Scott McClellan hinted at the pressures and discomfort that would lead
to his resignation just a few days later. "Poker players will
tell you that everyone has a 'tell' when they are trying to conceal
something, and it's the same with public speakers like Scott," said
Joseph Tuman, professor of speech and communications studies. "At
a nonverbal level, it's clear he's immensely uncomfortable."
"There's a new war for talent, but most companies aren't bothering to
fight," John J. Sullivan, professor of management,
told The New York Times for an April 23 article on how many companies
have yet to
update their hiring practices. "Whether it's a store manager or
a software developer, there's a huge gap between the business results
that average employees deliver and what stars deliver," he said. "If
you want to win the battle in the product market, first you have to win
the battle in the talent market."
Rachele Kanigel, assistant professor of journalism, commented on
a proposed bill from Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, that
would limit the
role university and college administrators could take in controlling
the content in student newspapers. "I think that press freedom is
a big part of our history and culture," she said. "If administrators
are interfering with that, it's sending a very bad message to young journalists."