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Vol 57 No. 17 : October, 2005
Vol 57 No. 17 | Oct. 3, 2005


Jerry Ball, Mathematics, has published a haiku in the September Mainichi, a national publication in English in Japan. Submissions are worldwide and normally 10 are selected each month. The haiku reads:

the pretense of gold
in the shape of a mountain
Cusco Cathedral

This was written as an impression of the legacy of the conquest of Peru. Ball has been a haiku writer since 1975 and has published worldwide.
R. Christopher Burnett, Journalism, co-authored a newswriting textbook, Newswriter’s Handbook, due out in the spring. Blackwell is the publisher.

Lesley Farmer, Educational Psychology, Advising and Counseling, taught for the master’s degree program in Library and Information Management at the University of Hong Kong this past summer. Also, she served as the external examiner for the diploma for teacher librarianship under the auspices of HKU’s School of Professional and Continuing Education and taught two courses in research and enquiry and initiated a collection of management courses. In August, she attended the annual conference of the International Association for School Librarianship, held for the first time in Hong Kong.

William Gibson, Sociology, delivered a paper on “Searching for the Good War: Shifting Grounding of Legitimacy in the Iraq War,” at the American Sociological Association convention in Philadelphia on Aug. 14.

Maridith Janssen, Recreation and Leisure Studies, has been invited to serve a two-year term as the educators’ representative on the Board of Directors of the California Board of Recreation and Park Certification. This is the governing board for the state therapeutic recreation certification program.

John Jung, Psychology, recently saw the publication of his latest book titled Southern Fried Rice: Life in a Chinese Laundry in the Deep South from Yin and Yang Press.

Michael Lacourse, Kinesiology and Physical Education, had a research paper titled “Brain Activation during Execution and Motor Imagery of Novel and Skilled Sequential Hand Movements” published in the September issue of the journal NeuroImage.

Beth Lau, English, published the article “Class and Politics in Keats’s Admiration of Chatterton” in the Keats-Shelley Journal, No. 53 in 2004. In August, she read a paper titled “Jane Austen, the Imagination and the Romantic Canon” at the British Association for Romantic Study conference in Newcastle, UK.

Paulino Lim, English, chaired a panel and read a paper, “Revelations in Recent Asian-American Anthologies,” at the Hawaii International Conference on the Humanities in January. His second fiction anthology, Curacao Cure and Other Stories, has just been published by Anvil in Manila.

Liz Philipose, Women’s Studies, presented a paper titled “The Politics of Pain and the End of Empire” at the Women’s Worlds Congress in Seoul this summer. She also attended the Summer Institute on Feminist Minority Studies at Cornell University as a Mellon Fellow and has joined the larger and ongoing Future of Minority Studies project as a result. During the 2005-06 academic year, Philipose is serving as the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowed Professor in Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Jae K. Shim, Accountancy, recently saw the publication of his book, The Vest Pocket CPA by Wiley.

Clifton Snider, English, published an article, “Synchronicity and the Trickster in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST,” in THE WILDEAN, No. 27. He also had a residence grant at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Taos, from Aug. 2-24.

Frederick Wegener, English, published an essay, “Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and the Advent of the Woman Doctor in America,” in the spring 2005 issue of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. His Penguin Classics edition of Sarah Orne Jewett’s novel A Country Doctor (1884) has been published by Penguin Group USA.

Book Review

My Mother’s Bolivian Kitchen: Recipes and Recollections

My Mother’s Bolivian Kitchen: Recipes and

Published in 2005 by New York-based Hippocrene Books, My Mother’s Bolivian Kitchen is filled with remembrances of a child’s growing up in Bolivia, recipes from a mother’s kitchen and drawings and paintings created by Art’s Domenic Cretara. Written in response to the loss of his mother to a drunk driver’s irresponsibility, the 226-page cookbook is as much a response to grief as it is an overview of Bolivian culture and cuisine. “Writing the book helped me accept the fact that she was gone,” said Sánchez-H., a Long Beach resident who joined the university in 1988. “It helped the pain to heal.” More than a cookbook, My Mother’s Bolivian Kitchen is a memoir of a Bolivian childhood. In addition to a comprehensive collection of Bolivian recipes for everything from salteñas (meat-filled pastries) and quinoa soup to picante de pollo (spicy chicken), Sánchez-H. shares many childhood memories. He takes the reader to his Aunt Nazaria’s 69th birthday party to feast on picante de pato con chuño (spicy duck with freeze-dried potatoes); to observe El Dia de Todos Santos (All Saints Day) when bread is baked in honor of the deceased; and camping in the mountains where the memory of his mother’s food leads him home. His favorite recipe is picante de pollo (spicy chicken), one of Bolivia’s most popular dishes. “Bolivia has 1,290 kinds of potatoes and this one involves my favorite, chuño phuti, which are sautéed, freeze-dried potatoes,” he said. “Although the word picante means spicy in Spanish, the dish can be adjusted for different tastes. My mother didn’t include the seeds of the chili; therefore, her picante de pollo didn’t entirely live up to its name.” The positive response his book received from both readers who know him and others has given Sánchez-H. a way to reflect on this tribute to his mother. “People called and sent e-mails to tell me how much they were touched by the memoirs. One person in particular had a great story about being able to come to terms with the loss of her father in a dream she had. She told me she could identify with the experience I described in the afterword of the book.”

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