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 By Jordyn Haime    News    December 8, 2023

For Jewish teens in Asia, first BBYO convention in Singapore offers a rare sense of community

TAIPEI (JTA) - For a few years eight decades ago, Shanghai was home to an outpost of what would become BBYO, the global Jewish youth movement. At the time, the Chinese city was a refuge for Jews...

 
 By Jordyn Haime    News    November 17, 2023

Antisemitism has exploded online in China since Oct. 7

TAIPEI, Taiwan (JTA) — Growing up as a Bukharian Jew in China, Uriah was always told by his parents to hide his Jewishness in public and to try to assimilate into the greater Chinese population. Uriah — who asked to be identified only by his...

 

Novel about Chinese rescuer of Jews raises questions about facts vs. fiction in Holocaust stories

TAIPEI (JTA) - Ho Feng-Shan, the Chinese diplomat stationed in Vienna who helped thousands of Jews escape from Europe during World War II, never met Adolf Eichmann. But in "Night Angels," a novel...

 

Heirs sue for restitution of one of van Gogh's most famous paintings

(JTA) — Heirs of a German-Jewish banker are suing a Japanese insurance company for the return of one of Vincent van Gogh’s famed “Sunflowers” paintings or at least $750 million in punitive damages. In December, Julius H. Schoeps, Britt-Marie...

 
 By Jordyn Haime    Features    July 8, 2022

Folk dance is a national pastime in Taiwan - Israeli songs are a big part of the tradition

YILAN, Taiwan (JTA) - It was a cool spring day in Yilan, a town on Taiwan's northeast coast known for its picturesque rice fields and delicious spring onions. On a concrete clearing beneath a bridge...

 
 By Jordyn Haime    News    March 18, 2022

China pushes Russia's 'denazification' myth to rationalize Ukraine invasion

TAIPEI (JTA) — Many countries have roundly rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s argument that his attack on Ukraine is needed to achieve the “denazification” of that country. But the argument is alive and well in Chinese state-run...

 
 By Jordyn Haime    News    December 17, 2021

Leaders of New Hampshire legislature condemn antisemitism among state representatives

(JTA) — Leaders of the New Hampshire House of Representatives released a statement last week condemning antisemitism after a state lawmaker tweeted in support of Palestinians using a slogan many deem to be antisemitic.  Speaker of the House...

 

Jews were the creative forces behind 'West Side Story' decades ago and today. Should they be?

(JTA) - In 1955, theater director Jerome Robbins approached writer Arthur Laurents and composer Leonard Bernstein with a new idea for a Broadway musical: a contemporary retelling of "Romeo and...

 

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