" No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true. "
Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Chinese Leader Deng Xiaoping Restored to Power

As a supporter of Mao Zedong, Deng was named to several important government posts. Mao launched the 1966 Cultural Revolution and, fearing Deng's popularity, forced him out of office. After Mao's death in 1976, Deng reemerged to serve as the de facto ruler of the People's Republic of China until the early 1990s. His reforms turned the world's most populous nation into an economic and political force. His reputation, both at home and in the West, was tarnished by his handling of what 1989 event?




A Chinatown is a section of an urban area outside of China that is associated with a large number of Chinese residents or commercial activities. These are most common in Southeast Asia and North America. Today, some Chinatowns are focused on commercial tourism while others are actual living and working communities; some are a synthesis of both. Many Chinatowns have beautifully crafted paifang, large red arched entrance structures. Who traditionally financed paifang construction?

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Oscar de la Renta

De la Renta is a Dominican-born American fashion designer whose work has strongly influenced the fashion world since the 1970s. Originally trained as a painter in Madrid, de la Renta first entered the industry as a sketcher with some of Spain's top fashion houses. Later, he moved to NY to design the couture collection for Elizabeth Arden. In 1965, de la Renta began his signature ready-to-wear label. What political post was de la Renta offered? Why did he decline?

Last updated on Sunday, 22nd July 2007

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