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Jonathan DeHart

Jonathan DeHart is a Tokyo-based journalist and correspondent for The Diplomat.

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

Posts by Jonathan DeHart
May 11, 2017

‘Skeleton God’: Exorcising Demons in Tibet

By Jonathan DeHart
Mysterious murders, corruption, and the ghosts of history haunt the fictional Tibetan town of Yangkar.

December 28, 2016

Peering Into Hong Kong’s Dark Side

By Jonathan DeHart
The Diplomat speaks with street photographer Jonathan van Smit, whose stark images reveal life on Hong Kong’s fringe.
November 25, 2016

Sacred Ink: Tattoos of Polynesia

By Jonathan DeHart
After 150 years of religious suppression, tattoos have returned to their rightful place as cultural symbols of Polynesia.

November 07, 2016

Sacred Ink: Thailand’s Magic Tattoos

By Jonathan DeHart
Thailand’s ancient tradition of mystical tattooing, known as sak yant, is thriving in the kingdom today.

October 10, 2016

Forbidden Ink: Redrawing the Lines of Japan’s Tattoo Debate

By Jonathan DeHart
As fashion and social context evolves, could attitudes towards tattoos change in the country?

October 04, 2016

Forbidden Ink: Japan’s Contentious Tattoo Heritage

By Jonathan DeHart
Despite an illustrious past and revered status overseas, Japanese tattoos have long struggled for acceptance at home.
September 13, 2016

The Mountain Monks of Japan

By Jonathan DeHart
Meet the Yamabushi, a group of alpine ascetics who are opting out of the rat race and reconnecting with nature.

September 02, 2016

Painting the Bangkok Night

By Jonathan DeHart
An interview with American artist Chris Coles on his watercolor visions of Bangkok’s seedy side.

August 03, 2016

Preserving Cambodia’s Artistic Heritage

By Jonathan DeHart
The Diplomat spoke with art restorer Borany Mam about the efforts to restore Cambodia’s endangered canvases.

July 09, 2016

Pass the Herbs: A Vietnamese Street Food Primer

By Jonathan DeHart
From Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, eating on the street in Vietnam is a treat.

June 30, 2016

India’s First Hijra Music Group Roars to Victory in Cannes

By Jonathan DeHart
6 Pack Band has put the stigmatized transgender community on the global creative map. But there’s a long way to go.
June 06, 2016

Godzilla Resurgence: Japan Reboots Its Most Iconic Monster

By Jonathan DeHart
After a twelve-year hiatus, Godzilla returns to theaters in Japan this July, and could be more relevant than ever.

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