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Face facts with Karen Uchima

In her youth, psychic Karen C. Uchima discovered the ancient Chinese art of face reading while watching The World of Suzie Wong. It was during the scene in which a fortune-teller predicts Suzie’s trip to America by feeling the lumps on her head. Uchima thought: “If they can read heads, then they must be able […]

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On Exhibit: wrongs of the right

The Contract With America is “an instrument to help repair a fundamental disconnection between citizens and their elected officials,” according to its Republican drafters. The 367 candidates who signed on last September thought their legislative agenda was in sync with the thinking of average citizens. But Chicago artist Mary Ellen Croteau wants to let them […]

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In Performance: writhing to the top

One ancient Roman poet described it as “lascivious loins in practiced writhings,” but we call the age-old art form “belly dancing.” While the Oxford English Dictionary traces the first use of the term to 1899 as a literal translation of the French “danse du ventre,” Chicagoan Barbara Cargill (aka “Natasha”) says the name originated at […]

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Chi Lives: Casualties of War

Sue Uyehara Lofton began studying t’ai chi 15 years ago, before she retired from her job as an administrator at Roosevelt University. The petite Lofton now teaches the martial art to other seniors at the White Crane Wellness Center in Lakeview. Like many Japanese Americans of her generation, the 80-year-old Lofton was raised with a […]