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Sophie Hong diva at the tenth edition of Taiwan Culture Festival offers music, silk, puppets and creative brands
The festival will feature Paris-based fashion diva Sophie Hong, who will present her silk design to the city she is indebted to for her success.
"My encounter with Xiangyun silk started with a piece of cloth I came across at a Chinese emporium here in Hong Kong," Hong recalled prior to her show, which opens tomorrow at Midtown in Causeway Bay.
"This show has gone around the world but it is not a fashion show, but one that promotes Chinese cultural education and aesthetics."
Xiangyun silk, she said, was made of natural minerals and plants dating as far back as the Ming Dynasty.
Born in Taiwan, Sophie Hong developed a passion for clothes very early in life. Everything really began for her in 1977, when she received her diploma in Fashion and Design from the Shih Chien College in Taipei. She aspired to master her chosen craft completely, and knew that she must travel abroad in order to learn more than she could at home. With this in mind, she went to study at the Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, Japan.
Dans moins de quinze ans seront vraisemblablement avérées les prophéties de ceux qui annonçent la victoire sur la mort et le triomphe d’une forme de vie non biologique. Le slogan de Google « nous allons tuer la mort » n’est pas qu’une formule publicitaire. Car les technologies déchainées avancent inexorablement vers le moment où nous serons plus qu’humains. De la réparation de nos organes à leur fabrication, de la collection de nos pensées à leur téléchargement sur des formes artificielles, le jour n’est pas très loin où nous pourrons déclarer que nous avons aboli la mort. Que nous avons accompli le rêve prométhéen d’immortaliser ce qu’il y a de plus précieux en nous.
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The Climate Path Ahead
By ANDREW C. REVKIN NY Times Opinion,
DEC. 12, 2015
PhotoThe slogan "For the Planet" was projected on the Eiffel Tower on Friday as part of the COP 21, the climate conference in Paris. Credit Francois Mori/Associated Press
At the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro 23 years ago, the world’s nations adopted a treaty that pledged, but ultimately failed, to cut the emissions driving global warming. In Paris over the last two weeks, negotiators from around the world met for the 21st time since then in an effort to move from aspiration to action.
As legions of bleary-eyed diplomats, environmentalists and lobbyists make their way home across the planet, you’ll hear proclamations that COP 21, as the meeting was called, was a historic turning point, and a profound failure.
Both will be right, depending on the scale of reference.
For the first time, even before the opening gavel, more than 180 nations, large and small, submitted plans — yes, voluntary ones — to divert from their carbon-based business as usual. The United States and China guaranteed progress by stepping together a year ago in Beijing after more than a decade of “you first” fights, laying out detailed domestic plans to curb emissions.
Pope Francis has made it clear that the decisions ahead, while informed by data, will be shaped by values.
Francis was variously embraced and attacked for his critique of consumptive capitalism in his encyclical. But what was missed was his important call for accepting a diversity of approaches to addressing the climate problem.
“[T]here is no one path to a solution,” Francis wrote. “This makes a variety of proposals possible, all capable of entering into dialogue with a view to developing comprehensive solutions.”
That is precisely how the Paris outcome has been framed and how the world will, with urgency and patience, success and failure, forge ahead.