My "Kaleidoscope" is, indeed, a patchy and complicated picture: some stories are tragic, some nostalgic, some funny, others just offer food for thought. This is what life offers us every day, and this is what we should regard without fear or prejudice, each episode being a precious lesson, a reminder, gentle or harsh at times, of what we are and what we did (or did not do), be it the despair of a man, savouring his last love and torturing himself to extinction with doubt, suspicion and hopelessness; or the boy's" love at first sight" gaffe; or hypocrisy of self-righteous Christians; or the unusual for our deceitful times integrity and honesty of a Chinese young man, who prefers returning to his homophobic homeland to seeking political asylum in the USA at the cost of breaking his promise; or the struggle of a very young boy to preserve his unique and pure self in the nightmarish Communist atmosphere; or the trials of an American teacher in Taiwan...
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March 01, 2004
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