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Frank H. Wu
Frank H. Wu is Chancellor & Dean of University of California Hastings College of the Law. He also is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White.

Entries by Frank H. Wu

Never Walk Into a Room You Don't Know How to Walk Out Of: Ronin

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Ronin is among the last great action thrillers. It is about intelligence, and, unlike many movies on the subject, is itself intelligent.

It's old school. They -- as many as 300 stunt drivers -- drove real cars down actual streets even as computer generated images (CGI)...

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Readers, Writers, Non-Readers and Me

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 4:17 PM

I love my readers. I would write regardless, but all authors whom I know appreciate readers -- those who are indifferent to them likely aren't the sort of people whom one ever comes to know. I welcome correspondence from individuals who want to engage with the ideas I have offered....

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The Problem of the Two Sherlocks

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 7:21 PM

Sherlock Holmes duels with himself on television. Two "modern dress" productions are running simultaneously. Each has been successful critically as well as commercially: the English Sherlock and the American Elementary. Both are brilliant. But the American take on the characters created by Sir Arthur...

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Making Televisions in America and Watching "I Love Lucy:" Apple, Samsung, and Judge Lucy Koh

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 4:16 PM

In the Apple v. Samsung patent trial, the lawyers have suddenly started arguing about race. An attorney for the former made a reference in his closing statement to domestic manufacturing. He explained that when he was growing up, he watched television on an American set but...

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My New Car: None

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 7:34 PM

I have recently had the pleasure of owning a number of automobiles I have always wanted. These have included the Jaguar XJ6, Subaru SVX, Volvo P1800ES, Porsche 928, and a new Ford Taurus SHO. If you are an aficionado who...

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Jimmy Kimmel and Me

(10) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 11:59 AM

I was talking to somebody today about the Jimmy Kimmel incident. My friend had not heard about it. That's part of the problem.

It isn't often that genocide is proposed in contemporary culture. That's what has happened.

Jimmy Kimmel, late night television host, recently put on a little

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Law Remains Vital

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 12:02 AM

I am bullish on the legal profession.

I must offer a preface before I explain why law remains vital -- and how it will become paramount in an increasingly complex world. I have established my bona fides as a critic of the organized bar, the standards...

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My First Motorcycle: The Honda Hawk GT

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 7:49 PM

You never get over your first motorcycle. I still love my little Honda Hawk GT.

It was introduced to the market a quarter century ago this year. I am riding it around even now. I've never been much for milestones. But about half my lifetime to date:...

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Cutting Law Schools

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 3:04 PM

Law schools must cut. Enrollment is down. The drop has no end in sight. It might be temporary; it might be permanent. Even if it is the former rather than the latter, there is much more to come: two-year JD programs, limited licenses, and...

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What I Have Learned From Jerry Brown

(3) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 1:34 PM

I am always looking for examples of effective leadership.

Shortly after his record setting election as Governor of California in 2010, Jerry Brown spoke at a charity function I happened to attend. After he delivered his brief speech, he was preparing to dash out before the dinner.

A boy,...

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The Proverbial "Elephant in the Room:" Faculty Compensation

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2013 | 12:34 AM

Everyone wants us to reduce faculty compensation. I am skeptical by nature, especially of those ideas that everyone else happens to like.

I am not sure that framing the issue as reducing faculty compensation is useful. By that, I do not intend to set up the matter to favor...

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My Father's Will: What Lawyers Must Respond To

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 2:40 PM

My father recently prepared his will. This is a matter in which I have an interest. . .

As a law school dean, I asked my father what lawyer he had hired for this important task. He, an engineer with a doctorate, informed me: none. A friend of his, another...

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"You're a Gangster Now:" The Future of the Legal Profession

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 6:50 PM

The supposed predicament of high-end lawyers -- too many of them, not enough work, and the reversal in bargaining power vis-a-vis clients -- reminds me of Sean Penn's character in the movie Carlito's Way. They might meet their demise for the same reason. But...

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Carrie, Back from the Dead Again

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 1:01 PM

"Who wants to see a musical about bullying in high school," I asked my theatergoing companion.

"Everybody," he replied, and he was right.

Carrie, presented by Ray of Light, a newish troupe in San Francisco, opened to a packed house last week. Based on the Stephen King novel,...

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Jeremy Lin and the End of Asian Americans?

(6) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 6:13 PM

I wonder what Asian Asians think of Asian Americans. For almost all of my life, I have tried to persuade people of the proposition that it is possible to be Asian American: to have ancestors who came from Asia, as others have ancestors who came from Europe, and to be...

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When the Chinese Became Irish

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 8:57 AM

In the Tony-nominated Beauty Queen of Leenane by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, there is a wonderful bit of scenery that explains the power of the American Dream the world over. The hardscrabble family of this contemporary drama set in County Galway looks to an iconic photograph of the Kennedy brothers,...

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Big City Nurse: A Cautionary Tale about the Internet

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 10:02 PM

Professors who remember the world before the web may scold their students who seem to have no knowledge beyond the internet. Perhaps we teachers are no different.

A colleague and friend, Reuel Schiller, recently related a story about his mother. Reuel, who holds not only a law...

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The Dentist and the Immigration Lawyer: In Praise of "Commodity" Work

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 1:20 AM

Last week, I went to the dentist. I enjoy having my teeth cleaned. I have an hour of calm in the most comfortable chair, and I'm the focus of attention for everyone who enters the room. I used the occasion to mull over different models for the delivery of legal...

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The Pipeline into the Legal Profession

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 5:56 PM

The current challenges to legal education are a result of the profound changes in the legal marketplace. They have not arisen in isolation. The problem is the pipeline into the profession. The traditional progression from student to associate to partner is no longer optimal for the client who is being...

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On the Importance of Beetles, or Why the Curriculum Looks Like it Does

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 9:35 AM

Critics claim the law school course catalog contains too many specialized seminars. They sneer at offerings that seem especially obscure. Their contentions are wrong. They are dangerous.

To begin with, laypeople likely misunderstand the usefulness of technical subjects not only within law but also throughout academe. The extraordinary biologist J.B.S....

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