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October 28, 2009
Finding India
This time last year, Slumdog Millionaire had only been shown at select venues in North America, but was already creating buzz as something potentially very big. And the movie certainly lived up to expectations–it was a global hit, winning numerous i
Finding India
October 27, 2009
Pixar Ignites
The ‘Pixar: 20 Years of Animation’ exhibit in Taipei is wrapping up this week. Personally, I can’t believe Pixar has already been around so long–it’s already 15 years since the company entered the mainstream cinematic consciousness with Toy Story. T
Pixar Ignites
October 26, 2009
Frustration = Painting Numbers
Agus Purnomo, considered a rising young star in Indonesia’s abstract art scene, is going international–including to Tokyo, where his work is currently on display. His accolades already include the Nokia Art Award, the Jakarta Art Award in 2007 and b
Frustration = Painting Numbers
October 26, 2009
Egg on Mao
It was the striking picture of Mao Tse-Tung–with ‘slashes’ of black paint across his face–that caught my eye as I was perusing the CS Monitor this morning. And I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the image is actually from the cover of the
Egg on Mao
October 22, 2009
Afghanistan Opium Report & Drug Therapist Mao
Five times as many people have died from heroin overdoses in NATO nations over the past 8 years than the total number of NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan, according to the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This week the group released their
Afghanistan Opium Report & Drug Therapist Mao
October 22, 2009
Another Wine Health Perk; Some Asia Trends
This week a study revealed possible good news for type 2 diabetics.of drinking age. The new findings suggest that a compound contained in red wine may work to moderate insulin levels, as was shown in experiments with mice. Resveratrol, found in red w
Another Wine Health Perk; Some Asia Trends
October 09, 2009
Dalai Lama OK with Obama 'Snub'; New Tibetan Film Set for Shooting
Barack Obama’s decision not to personally meet the Dalai Lama at the White House this week is creating controversy, with many calling it an obvious move to pacify the Chinese government and ignore the plight of the Tibetan people.  But in a
Dalai Lama OK with Obama 'Snub'; New Tibetan Film Set for Shooting
October 09, 2009
Peeking at DPRK Art
Expanding on my post earlier on North Korean art and its ‘cultural renaissance under Kim Jong-Il,’ -there also appears to be growing interest in DPRK art worldwide.  This summer a private collection of North Korean paintings was unveiled to
Peeking at DPRK Art
October 08, 2009
Exhibit Bonds China & Taiwan - North Korea Not Yet in the Game
A new exhibition at Taipei’s National Palace Museum has optimists talking progress over Taiwan-China relations. Last year, China surpassed the US to become Taiwan’s second largest importer. But this major art collaboration goes beyond the merely prac
Exhibit Bonds China & Taiwan - North Korea Not Yet in the Game
October 07, 2009
Final Note on Travel Ethics: A Nepal Example
Close to one million Indian women of low socioeconomic status are said ready to boycott the upcoming Oct.13 assembly elections in the Maharashtra state. *Note the Maharashtra region is, according to recent GDP stats, the richest in India. Many of the
Final Note on Travel Ethics: A Nepal Example
Souvenir Ethics Pt. 2: Vietnam, Camouflage, Andy Warhol
October 06, 2009
Souvenir Ethics Pt. 2: Vietnam, Camouflage, Andy Warhol
As mentioned in an earlier post, landmine warnings as t-shirt graphics and child labor-produced Burmese jade goods raise some serious questions about the ethics of ‘souvenir-ing’ in Asia.
Souvenir Ethics Pt. 2: Vietnam, Camouflage, Andy Warhol
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