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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

From China to America and Back Again

(3) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 3:50 PM


Image courtesy of Harvard University Press

My friend Gordon Chang, a history professor, has written a learned book, Fateful Ties, on the lengthy arc of US-China relations. In an era of American anxiety about what until recently was called "the Orient,"...

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I Love Teaching

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 6:51 PM

I love teaching. I have returned to the classroom. I am co-teaching a course I taught regularly before entering higher education administration. We decided, the chief academic officer and I, that we both should be doing more of what the institution is dedicated to.

There is a standard trick question...

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Perhaps I Have Ruined Running

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 9:47 PM

I have realized I belong to the crowd accused of ruining running. You see, I have started to enter half marathons. This year, I have finished five; for its remaining duration, I have signed up for another half dozen.

I'm either the fastest walker or the slowest...

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Four Models for Higher Education

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 4:51 PM

There are four models of success for institutions of higher education. These choices are available not only in higher education, but most sectors in a competitive economy, from gadgets to commodities: the high end, the low end, the middle and the unique. The first has become so alluring, however, that...

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How to Start Law School: 'I Know Kung Fu'

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 11:37 AM

I love to welcome students to law school. There is such enthusiasm this time of the year. Here is what I shared with our incoming 1Ls at UC Hastings.

When I was a kid growing up in Detroit in the 1970s, I was a stutterer. Back then, the treatment for...

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I am an American

(36) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 7:18 PM

I write to make a simple point about China-bashing. As a native-born Chinese-American, I hope we will remain true to our democratic principles. The Chinese government and Chinese businesses, which may well deserve criticism, are not the same as Chinese immigrants and their American descendants, who have made the choice...

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Touching 'Nappy' Hair

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 1:48 AM

As someone who is neither black nor white literally, I usually see racial issues in terms that are neither black nor white figuratively. I do not believe every claim of racism. I also don't disbelieve every claim related to race.

I am persuaded by the facts, especially the evidence...

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An American Artist Rediscovered: Yasuo Kuniyoshi

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 3:52 PM


Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Circus Girl Resting, 1925, oil on canvas, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University; Advancing American Art Collection. © Estate of Yasuo Kuniyoshi/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. has...

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Starting to (Half) Marathon: Finishing San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 7:13 PM

I finished the back half of the San Francisco marathon today. I share that to encourage others, not to congratulate myself. I grew up as the classic geek, the stereotype of an Asian American nerd, much more likely to be reading a book or programming a computer than...

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Sherlock Holmes, Family Man

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 3:37 PM

The new Mr. Holmes film does what could not have been predicted and does it wonderfully. In an adaptation that betters the book, the sleuth is an elderly retiree minding his bees on the seashore. That much is consistent with the canon. The remainder of the revisionist triptych...

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Who's in Charge? Our Assumptions About Race and Gender

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 12:04 PM

Every now and then, one of my close colleagues will observe that someone else at the college which I head -- perhaps a student -- is displaying behavior that not only is disrespectful but likely different than they would dare with a leader of a different identity. That may be....

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Call Me Mr. Bennett: First Names, Last Names, Respect, and Diversity

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 8:10 PM

The more I take on the responsibility to lead diverse groups, the more I am aware of the importance of perceptions, symbols and subtleties, and the more I am skeptical of abstract rules. We often fail to communicate what we intend, without fault. I see these mishaps begin...

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Chinese Who Cheat Versus Cheaters Who Happen to be Chinese

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 3:03 PM

There are so many reports of Chinese students cheating, either before they have arrived (for example, through identity fraud on standardized tests) or after they have enrolled. As a Chinese American higher education administrator, I feel compelled to comment on the phenomenon. I am...

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An Appreciation of an American Architect, I.M. Pei

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 5:26 PM

A recent review of the work of architect I.M. Pei repeated a common criticism of his work: That his career has been devoted to corporate clientele. I have always thought this disapproval to be misplaced. It seems likely that any design professional at that level of prestige would...

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Hollywood Has Met the Enemy, and He Is Us

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 5:28 PM

A new storyline is emerging in Hollywood blockbusters: The revolution of the malcontents has replaced the revolution of the idealists. (Spoiler warning: This blog ruins the surprise of the movies mentioned.)

Among the earlier films with this theme was the excellent Arlington Road (1999). With a modest budget...

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The Essential Chineseness of Ai Wei Wei, Guiseppe Castiglione, and Hung Liu

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 8:08 AM

A recent visit to the Palm Springs Museum affirms for me that all artists are immigrants. If not in a literal sense then in a figurative sense, they are strangers to the society surrounding them. In the desert resort city, populated by celebrities in steel houses,...

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Studying My Friends, 'Dead White Males'

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 4:59 PM

My friends sometimes are surprised that I endorse the tradition of liberal arts education.

They ask why study the work of "dead white males." In our diverse democracy, that is a threshold query. The liberal arts cannot rightly be reduced to the phrase "dead white males." But even...

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The High Cost of Higher Education

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 4:22 PM

The high cost of higher education has become the central public-policy issue for the middle class, meaning it has become the central public-policy issue for all of America. And in the inevitable finger pointing about the cause of the hyperinflation of tuition, people prefer a villain (the proliferation of "the...

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The Utility of the Liberal Arts: Antigone and the Making of a Lawyer

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 8:35 PM

I have never believed that liberal arts education needed defending, but I am persuaded that it increasingly needs promoting. Twenty-five years ago, when I was in law school, I was honored to take a core course -- criminal law -- with a great scholar who literally wrote

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What I Learned from a College Tour: Visiting Johns Hopkins University

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 7:24 PM

I recently took a niece to visit my alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. Like most of us, I tend to assume however subconsciously that institutions I have passed through remain more or less preserved in time as in my own memory. I was surprised to see how much...

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