Their stories were similar: There was the childhood in a poor village in rural China, the adult financial problems, the seemingly kind woman who offered help just at the right time, the job invitation from the Los Angeles businessman, and then the deep fear that their child might be kidnapped or ki ... More >>
GOP presidential hopeful has done some crazy shit in his past, as we've noted here before, but his campaign claims he never released this offensive YouTube video about ex-Utah Gov. Jon Hunstman, showing him dressed as the Communist leader Mao Zedong. Paul's campaign filed a lawsuit in San Francisco ... More >>
One thing that has always puzzled me about Chinatown is the preponderance of Chairman Mao-related things that are for sale: busts, paintings, photos, tea towels -- he is second only to Hello Kitty in ubiquity. Correct me if I am wrong, but shouldn't most Chinese people who made it to the U.S. hat ... More >>
Whatever you say, comradeWhere in the world, you may wonder, do people still avow unqualified love of Mao Zedong, the late Chinese dictator? Even the current leaders of the communist state he founded have come to revile policies -- among them government-created famines and political purges -- whi ... More >>
KNBR's new owners try to adjust to big-market radio
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Chloe Veltman's roundup of the notable in this year's wacky stage fest
He's running for mayor again, and this time he wants to define himself, before his enemies do it for him
How the grand plan for district elections could backfire
While traveling in China, our writer explores that country's increasing sexual freedom
In China, Falun Gong practitioners are beaten and persecuted, so the U.S. is granting them asylum. But is this movement as harmless as it seems?
For an Unreal World
The Fang family rides tabloid journalism and hardball politics to the winner's circle
Gorbachev Foundation prez Jim Garrison has something special in mind for San Francisco in September, an international palaver at the Fairmont Hotel. After that, a seat for himself in the U.S. Senate. And then, who knows? Chancellor of the world?