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
The Challenge for Asia's Female Politicians
November 23, 2016
The Challenge for Asia's Female Politicians
Asia is seeing a new wave of successful female politicians, but getting to the top requires hard choices.
The Challenge for Asia's Female Politicians
Exploring the Far East Frontier of Czarist Russia
November 15, 2016
Exploring the Far East Frontier of Czarist Russia
A review of Across the Ussuri Kray: Travels in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains by Vladimir Arsenyev, translated by Jonathan C. Slaght.
Exploring the Far East Frontier of Czarist Russia
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
Indonesia’s Challenge to Radical Islam
November 04, 2016
Indonesia’s Challenge to Radical Islam
The country is emerging as a champion of tolerance amid the rise of the Islamic State.
Indonesia’s Challenge to Radical Islam
The Curious Stories of Indian Party Symbols
November 02, 2016
The Curious Stories of Indian Party Symbols
The symbols often do not symbolize the parties’ agenda at all.
The Curious Stories of Indian Party Symbols
A Polish Classic in Asia
October 31, 2016
A Polish Classic in Asia
Quo Vadis, the famous Henryk Sienkiewicz novel, has been published in Asia many times.
A Polish Classic in Asia
Polish Bombers in a Chinese Sky
October 30, 2016
Polish Bombers in a Chinese Sky
Some Polish bands are trying to make headway in the Chinese market.
Polish Bombers in a Chinese Sky
What is the Leading Cause of Snow Leopard Killings?
October 25, 2016
What is the Leading Cause of Snow Leopard Killings?
Experts say more than 50 percent of snow leopard killings are retaliation for attacks on livestock.
What is the Leading Cause of Snow Leopard Killings?
The Revival of Boléro in Vietnam
October 12, 2016
The Revival of Boléro in Vietnam
Ironically, while the North won the war, it is the once-banned yellow music of the South which Vietnamese love.
The Revival of Boléro in Vietnam
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
India: The Dying Home of Hume
October 07, 2016
India: The Dying Home of Hume
The house of the founder of the oldest party in India is slowly turning into ruins.
India: The Dying Home of Hume
Why Are Chinese Tourists So Badly Behaved?
October 05, 2016
Why Are Chinese Tourists So Badly Behaved?
Narratives of exceptionalism and nationalism are crucial ingredients in making an "ugly Chinese" tourist.
Why Are Chinese Tourists So Badly Behaved?
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
New Dengue Vaccine Potential Game Changer for Asia
September 27, 2016
New Dengue Vaccine Potential Game Changer for Asia
A recent WHO recommendation on vaccination signals a potential tipping point in the global fight against dengue.
New Dengue Vaccine Potential Game Changer for Asia
Why Did Vietnam’s <em>Thanh Nien News</em> Close Its English-Language Service?
September 22, 2016
Why Did Vietnam’s Thanh Nien News Close Its English-Language Service?
Thanh Nien was no propaganda tool, it was far too interesting for that and it will be missed.
Why Did Vietnam’s Thanh Nien News Close Its English-Language Service?
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