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Jonathan DeHart

Jonathan DeHart writes primarily about art, culture and social trends. Previously, he worked as a journalist for both print and online media in Shanghai and served as associate editor for The Diplomat in Tokyo.

He can be followed on Twitter @jon_de_hart

Sacred Ink: Tattoos of Polynesia
November 25, 2016
Sacred Ink: Tattoos of Polynesia
After 150 years of religious suppression, tattoos have returned to their rightful place as cultural symbols of Polynesia.
Sacred Ink: Tattoos of Polynesia
Sacred Ink: Thailand’s Magic Tattoos
November 07, 2016
Sacred Ink: Thailand’s Magic Tattoos
Thailand’s ancient tradition of mystical tattooing, known as sak yant, is thriving in the kingdom today.
Sacred Ink: Thailand’s Magic Tattoos
Forbidden Ink: Redrawing the Lines of Japan’s Tattoo Debate
October 10, 2016
Forbidden Ink: Redrawing the Lines of Japan’s Tattoo Debate
As fashion and social context evolves, could attitudes towards tattoos change in the country?
Forbidden Ink: Redrawing the Lines of Japan’s Tattoo Debate
Forbidden Ink: Japan’s Contentious Tattoo Heritage
October 04, 2016
Forbidden Ink: Japan’s Contentious Tattoo Heritage
Despite an illustrious past and revered status overseas, Japanese tattoos have long struggled for acceptance at home.
Forbidden Ink: Japan’s Contentious Tattoo Heritage
The Mountain Monks of Japan
September 13, 2016
The Mountain Monks of Japan
Meet the Yamabushi, a group of alpine ascetics who are opting out of the rat race and reconnecting with nature.
The Mountain Monks of Japan
Painting the Bangkok Night
September 02, 2016
Painting the Bangkok Night
An interview with American artist Chris Coles on his watercolor visions of Bangkok’s seedy side.
Painting the Bangkok Night
Preserving Cambodia’s Artistic Heritage
August 03, 2016
Preserving Cambodia’s Artistic Heritage
The Diplomat spoke with art restorer Borany Mam about the efforts to restore Cambodia’s endangered canvases.
Preserving Cambodia’s Artistic Heritage
Pass the Herbs: A Vietnamese Street Food Primer
July 09, 2016
Pass the Herbs: A Vietnamese Street Food Primer
From Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, eating on the street in Vietnam is a treat.
Pass the Herbs: A Vietnamese Street Food Primer
India’s First Hijra Music Group Roars to Victory in Cannes
June 30, 2016
India’s First Hijra Music Group Roars to Victory in Cannes
6 Pack Band has put the stigmatized transgender community on the global creative map. But there’s a long way to go.
India’s First Hijra Music Group Roars to Victory in Cannes
<i>Godzilla Resurgence</i>: Japan Reboots Its Most Iconic Monster
June 06, 2016
Godzilla Resurgence: Japan Reboots Its Most Iconic Monster
After a twelve-year hiatus, Godzilla returns to theaters in Japan this July, and could be more relevant than ever.
Godzilla Resurgence: Japan Reboots Its Most Iconic Monster
Bangkok Noir: Crime Fiction in the City of Angels
May 02, 2016
Bangkok Noir: Crime Fiction in the City of Angels
Thailand’s capital is home to a vibrant community of writers exploring the city’s vast underbelly.
Bangkok Noir: Crime Fiction in the City of Angels
Thangka: Painting the Roadmap to Enlightenment
April 01, 2016
Thangka: Painting the Roadmap to Enlightenment
An interview with thangka master painter and teacher, Ambar Lama, on the state of this iconic Tibet-an art.
Thangka: Painting the Roadmap to Enlightenment
<i>Jet Black and the Ninja Wind</i>: Slice-and-Dice of a Japanese Myth
August 15, 2014
Jet Black and the Ninja Wind: Slice-and-Dice of a Japanese Myth
Ninjutsu, cryptography and ancient history come together in a high-octane adventure. The best part: the hero is a teenage girl.
Jet Black and the Ninja Wind: Slice-and-Dice of a Japanese Myth
Storytelling, Cultural Spheres and the Senkaku Dilemma
February 19, 2014
Storytelling, Cultural Spheres and the Senkaku Dilemma
To what extent could a shared cultural sphere overcome bitter disputes and heal wounds from East Asia’s past?
Storytelling, Cultural Spheres and the Senkaku Dilemma
Chindian Diaries: Sharing the Chinese-Indian Experience
October 11, 2013
Chindian Diaries: Sharing the Chinese-Indian Experience
The Chindian Diaries explore a unique mixture of ingredients in Southeast Asia’s cultural melting pot.
Chindian Diaries: Sharing the Chinese-Indian Experience
Miss Universe in Hot Water Over “Insulting” Taj Mahal Photo Shoot
October 11, 2013
Miss Universe in Hot Water Over “Insulting” Taj Mahal Photo Shoot
Olivia Culpo faces potential fines for her fashion shoot at the Taj Mahal.
Miss Universe in Hot Water Over “Insulting” Taj Mahal Photo Shoot
Busan International Film Festival: Exploring Asia’s Cinematic Fringe
October 10, 2013
Busan International Film Festival: Exploring Asia’s Cinematic Fringe
Asia’s largest film festival continues to grow, with an eye towards indie cinema.
Busan International Film Festival: Exploring Asia’s Cinematic Fringe
Nobel in Literature: Could This Be Haruki Murakami’s Year?
October 10, 2013
Nobel in Literature: Could This Be Haruki Murakami’s Year?
The Japanese author has been tipped to win often before. Will this be the year?
Nobel in Literature: Could This Be Haruki Murakami’s Year?
<em>I Am Malala</em> Hits Shelves Ahead of Nobel Peace Prize
October 09, 2013
I Am Malala Hits Shelves Ahead of Nobel Peace Prize
One year since the Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai in the head, she could win the Nobel Peace Prize.
I Am Malala Hits Shelves Ahead of Nobel Peace Prize
Goldfish: From Tang Dynasty Ponds to 21st Century Aquariums
October 09, 2013
Goldfish: From Tang Dynasty Ponds to 21st Century Aquariums
An ancient breed of Chinese carp has become one of the world’s most recognizable aquatic species.
Goldfish: From Tang Dynasty Ponds to 21st Century Aquariums
Taiji of <em>The Cove</em> Infamy Opens a Marine Park
October 08, 2013
Taiji of The Cove Infamy Opens a Marine Park
Although a family-friendly marine park is opening in Taiji, the dolphin cull will continue.
Taiji of The Cove Infamy Opens a Marine Park
Indian State of Gujarat Holds First-Ever LGBT Pride March
October 08, 2013
Indian State of Gujarat Holds First-Ever LGBT Pride March
Officials permitted around 170 to gather in Surat for Gujarat’s first gay pride parade.
Indian State of Gujarat Holds First-Ever LGBT Pride March
White Diamond Fetches $30.6 Million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Auction
October 08, 2013
White Diamond Fetches $30.6 Million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Auction
Sotheby’s Hong Kong held Asia’s largest ever jewelry auction yesterday.
White Diamond Fetches $30.6 Million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Auction
<em>Kill the Rapist? </em> – Bollywood Grapples with Rape in Upcoming Film
October 07, 2013
Kill the Rapist? – Bollywood Grapples with Rape in Upcoming Film
A film aims to make “every rapist shiver with fear before even thinking of rape.”
Kill the Rapist? – Bollywood Grapples with Rape in Upcoming Film
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