There's no middle ground with San Francisco artist James T. Hong: he's got strong opinions and he's not afraid to share 'em. His work is smart, often darkly witty, provocative, and has--on at least one occasion, after a Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival screening of "Taipei 101: A Travelogue of Symptoms (Sensitive Version)"--nearly incited audience violence. But meet Hong in person, and he's a pretty damn friendly guy, even when discussing topics that might prickle more average company: Hitler; race ("Taipei 101" jabs at Asian girl-white guy couples); and his appreciation for the controversial, be it Mel Gibson's latest public outburst or North Korea's nuclear program. Cheryl Eddy reports.