Online Chinese classes - seeking recommendations

I am seeking recommendations for a good Chinese language school which holds online classes (via skype or another video platform) at an affordable price.  The recommendation is for a beginner learner.  If you have any tips for online Chinese classes, please email me off-thread at


Jessica Hinchy

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Land speculation and hotel developers in Bahamas, BVI, Caymans

Dear list members,

I'm wondering if anyone can point me to literature/research on the history of land speculation and hotel development in the Caribbean in the 1950s-1970s. I'm particularly interested in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, BVI, Antigua and Barbuda, and Turks and Caicos. My own research seems to indicate strong connections between the simultaneous real estate and property boom in the US sunbelt and Florida in particular, so any links with sunbelt developers would be especially interesting.


Re: Textbooks on journalism from 1950s/1960s

Am not speaking to texts for 50-60s. In 1950s, had taken part in a High School Journalism, Sports writing program sponsored by the Los Angeles Examiner, Los Angeles, California. The professional newsman conducting this program for the Examiner, where they did give training in sports reporting and writing, then published in the metropolitan newspaper as a high school sports page was simple.

He told us, go and learn a field, subject; then go into journalism and writing. That way you would have something to write. Of course, in this instance sports was the subject to learn.

Postwar hybrid corn

I'm investigating the breeding of fertilizer-intensive hybrid corn in the 1950s in the US.  Two questions:

One source (Steele 1978, "The hybrid corn industry in the United States") says by 1955 some hybrids were being marketed as especially bred for high plant densities.  I need to track down this marketing material -- adverts, speeches, brochures, anything. 

Textbooks on journalism from 1950s/1960s

Dear All,

I'm currently writing a chapter about Soviet concepts of news. I would like to compare this with normative US ideas about news, ideally using textbooks for journalism students. Does anybody have any tips for what a journalism student of the 1950s or 1960s would have been reading? Is there a text that is considered canonical?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Simon Huxtable
Visiting Fellow, Loughborough University

Re: Information request: Ngombo - Cesto de adivinhação - Divination Basket (Angola/Tshokwe)

I may be reading too much into V. Cammarata's phrasing of his initial query in terms of a standardized composition of the baskets, but I wanted to caution against approaching this otherwise well-conceived research in these terms. Objects, or rather compositions, like these are the ad hoc assemblages of the diviners' practices, retaining and reading what they (and their audiences) perceive to have worked.


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