This is a study about how The Bronx overcame one of the biggest socio-eco-
nomic crises in the late twentieth century through artistic creativity, commu-
nity resilience, and cultural innovation. While finalizing the manuscript for
publication in Spring 2020, my thoughts are with residents in The Bronx, in
New York City, and beyond as they deal with the novel coronavirus pandemic.
As this book shows how people inThe Bronx have overcome crises of the past,
I hope that it will inspire them in the present time and in the future.
Sina A. Nitzsche
In the Shadow of the Pandemic:
Europe’s Last Chance /
peace report / 2020
We cannot write an analysis of the state of peace in the world in spring 2020 without
mentioning the coronavirus pandemic. The force with which the COVID-19 crisis impacts
and suppresses other issues is overwhelming. The virus, which first emerged in China, has
spread rapidly across the whole globe. Efforts to hinder its progress have entailed a huge
curtailment of civil liberties. Social distancing has become the new form of coexistence.
Speculation on falling
Policies, Creative Industries, and
Media Consumers, edited by Noboku Kawashima and Hye-Kung Lee,
looks at the topics of national cultural policies and urban strategies in
Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore; Asian creative indust-
ries; and demand, reception, and engagement of Asian media consumers.
The international roster of contributors, mostly Asian, makes the volu-
me a welcome addition to the literature. Despite globalization, technolo-
gy, and the ease of mobility our world, in general, has enjoyed (up until
the current pandemic), there are still