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Sports, culture and the arts are a passion for billions in the Asia-Pacific, and offer unique insights into what makes countries here tick. From the latest cricket match to prize-winning novels and the latest art exhibitions, The Diplomat's bloggers cover it all, giving you a fresh perspective on the region.

The Disparate Reality and Reputation of Chinese Museums
August 07, 2020

The Disparate Reality and Reputation of Chinese Museums

By Layne Vandenberg
China has a poor international reputation when it comes to accessibility for foreign visitors, but what about its museums?

Usha Rajak’s Journey in the Nepali Film Industry
August 05, 2020

Usha Rajak’s Journey in the Nepali Film Industry

By StoriesAsia
The Nepali actress discusses the evolution in Nepal’s film industry and the challenges still to be overcome.
India’s New Education Policy: Streams Merge Into a River 
July 31, 2020

India’s New Education Policy: Streams Merge Into a River 

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The merging of the arts, commerce, and science streams in Indian schools is a good decision.

Larung Gar: The World’s Largest Monastery – and Highest Slum
July 24, 2020

Larung Gar: The World’s Largest Monastery – and Highest Slum

By Shivaji Das
A rare glimpse of life in the Tibetan monastery, now closed to foreign visitors.

Afghanistan’s Higher Education System Has a Stark Geographic Divide
July 24, 2020

Afghanistan’s Higher Education System Has a Stark Geographic Divide

By Laiq Zirack
Data from Kankor, the national university entrance exam, sheds light on disparities in Afghanistan’s higher education system.

The Political Activism of K-pop Stans
July 21, 2020

The Political Activism of K-pop Stans

By Layne Vandenberg
K-pop fans are making waves with activism both within the K-pop music industry and in global politics. 

Taiwan Legislators Brawl Twice in 2 Weeks Over Government Watchdog Nomination
July 16, 2020

Taiwan Legislators Brawl Twice in 2 Weeks Over Government Watchdog Nomination

By Nick Aspinwall
KMT legislators stormed parliament Tuesday to block confirmation proceedings for Chen Chu, the nominee to head Taiwan’s government ombudsman body.
K-pop Leads With ‘Contactless’ Concerts
July 16, 2020

K-pop Leads With ‘Contactless’ Concerts

By Layne Vandenberg
K-pop groups are proving that the art of the performance can have a virtual future, even beyond COVID-19 restrictions.

How COVID-19 Is Impacting Asia’s Film Industries
July 09, 2020

How COVID-19 Is Impacting Asia’s Film Industries

By Alexander Ayertey Odonkor and Hiu Man Chan
From Southeast Asia to India, China, and Japan, cinemas are bleeding while online steaming booms.

COVID-19 Takes a Toll on Pakistan’s Transgender Community
July 02, 2020

COVID-19 Takes a Toll on Pakistan’s Transgender Community

By Ebad Ahmed
Transgender people in Pakistan were already marginalized. Now the pandemic is adding to their plight.

New Film Tells Tale of North Korean Orphans Sent to Europe
June 25, 2020

New Film Tells Tale of North Korean Orphans Sent to Europe

By Associated Press
Some 5,000 orphans were sent to live in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and East Germany in the 1950s.
How Bollywood Discriminates Against Playback Singers
June 17, 2020

How Bollywood Discriminates Against Playback Singers

By StoriesAsia
Bollywood’s playback singing industry is brutal for upstarts and newcomers.

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