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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.

Social Media in Asia: A New Frontier for Mass Surveillance and Political Manipulation
November 15, 2019

Social Media in Asia: A New Frontier for Mass Surveillance and Political Manipulation

By Samuel Woodhams
Although stark across Asia, the rise of social media monitoring tools and disinformation campaigns is a global phenomenon.

Singing, Dancing, and a Little Plov: Central Asia’s Got Talent
November 13, 2019

Singing, Dancing, and a Little Plov: Central Asia’s Got Talent

By Colleen Wood
Politics and economics are not the only relevant spheres of integration in Central Asia; a new TV show makes regional cooperation tangible to the masses.
Parasite: Moving Beyond ‘Foreign’
November 08, 2019

Parasite: Moving Beyond ‘Foreign’

By Layne Vandenberg
Parasite is praised as a “foreign” film; but does it have to be?

Young Afghans Look to Mountain Biking as a Means to Transcend Conflict
November 05, 2019

Young Afghans Look to Mountain Biking as a Means to Transcend Conflict

By Ian J. Lynch
A broad collection of initiatives in Bamiyan and across the country aim to harness the potential of sports to develop community and resilience.

Butter Chicken Sushi: A Mixing of Tradition and Innovation in Indian Cuisine
November 04, 2019

Butter Chicken Sushi: A Mixing of Tradition and Innovation in Indian Cuisine

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Indian cuisine should be accepted the way it is and the way it is changing. Yesterday’s cuisine is today’s traditional food.

Will Glenwright on the Future of Cricket in Nepal
October 29, 2019

Will Glenwright on the Future of Cricket in Nepal

By StoriesAsia
Is cricket in Nepal destined for greater heights?

US Travel Industry to Chinese Tourists: What Trade War?
October 29, 2019

US Travel Industry to Chinese Tourists: What Trade War?

By Associated Press
The U.S. travel industry is redoubling its efforts to engage with Chinese tourists while waiting out the trade war.
Blizzard and Mei: Makings of Online Protest
October 12, 2019

Blizzard and Mei: Makings of Online Protest

By Layne Vandenberg
The Overwatch character Mei is taking center stage as online support for the Hong Kong protests overflows.

Capitalizing on India’s Eco-friendly Culinary Traditions
October 07, 2019

Capitalizing on India’s Eco-friendly Culinary Traditions

By Krzysztof Iwanek
To be fashionably modern, all that Indian cuisine has to do is be itself.

Nationalism in China’s Wandering Earth
October 05, 2019

Nationalism in China’s Wandering Earth

By Layne Vandenberg
Chinese blockbuster Wandering Earth explores a future marked by environmental chaos and loss of home, saved only by Chinese heroism and family.

Taking Australian Rules Football to Asia
September 27, 2019

Taking Australian Rules Football to Asia

By Grant Wyeth
The Australian Football League hopes the uniquely Aussie sport will catch on in Asia.
Southeast Asia’s Deadly Annual Haze is Back
September 26, 2019

Southeast Asia’s Deadly Annual Haze is Back

By Luke Hunt
The region confronts a familiar challenge amid wider global calls for managing climate change.

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