Author Archives: Tony Cheng

About Tony Cheng

Tony Cheng is a junior in the East Asian Studies department.

Osama and the Riddle of Modern Warfare

In “No Easy Day,” a Navy SEAL’s account of the raid that killed Osama bin-Laden, the great question that arises is whether modern professional armies can learn to fight asymmetric conflicts in a manner both efficient and ethical. Continue reading

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The Sadomasochist Within

Takashi Miike’s 2001 cult classic “Ichi the Killer” could not have been a more interesting way to entice underclassmen to become potential Film Certificate candidates. At the screening, held in Wilson, attendees were treated to two hours of gratuitous gore, rape, gang warfare, and sexual deviance. Continue reading

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Portrait of a Lady Autocrat

In a talk Wednesday about his new biography, Robert Massie made the case that Catherine the Great was a misunderstood and trailblazing monarch – though in truth the story may not be so simple. Continue reading

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