Christopher Johnson


Panel 3: “In every town Negroes were leaving by the hundreds to go North and enter into Northern industry,” 1940-41. Casein tempera on hardboard, 18 x 12″. (Courtesy of MoMA)

What a new MoMA exhibit tells us about the history of American race relations

A titanic demographic shift occurred during roughly the middle 30 years of the 20th century, with African Americans migrating north. That shift is played out in the art of that period as well.

Field workers transplant rice on a farm in Soc Trang Province, Vietnam.

Rising sea levels mean trouble for Vietnam’s rice farmers

A protester holds a placard reading "nation first" during an anti-China protest in Hanoi to denounce China's setting up of a giant oil rig in the South China Sea.

The Vietnamese are talking tough about what they see as China’s latest provocation

The fight hasn’t even started, but some pillow fighters can’t wait to take a friendly swing at their friends.

If only all wars were waged this way — with pillows

Nguyễn Văn Lộc takes the stage several nights a week at his cafe, performing many of Vietnam’s most popular love songs, in a style called "nhạc trữ tình," which means "romantic music."

A blues singer spent 10 years in a North Vietnam prison for singing about love