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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.

Eggs from Endangered Sea Turtle Stolen from Thai Beach
January 07, 2020

Eggs from Endangered Sea Turtle Stolen from Thai Beach

By Associated Press
Outraged local residents donated 50,000 baht ($1,660) for a reward to catch the thieves.

The Quest to Revive Tourism in Pakistan
January 04, 2020

The Quest to Revive Tourism in Pakistan

By Syed Hammad Mahmood
Pakistan is a nature-lover's dream. Now, thanks to a better security situation and government efforts, the world is finally realizing that.
The 2010s: Reflecting on a Decade of Change in Bollywood
January 01, 2020

The 2010s: Reflecting on a Decade of Change in Bollywood

By Alexandra Delaney-Bhattacharya
From digital streaming to the #MeToo movement, the last 10 years have left their mark on India’s film industry.

Hats, Carpets, and Dances: Bits of Central Asia’s Intangible Culture Added to UNESCO List
December 30, 2019

Hats, Carpets, and Dances: Bits of Central Asia’s Intangible Culture Added to UNESCO List

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan's Khorazm dance, Kyrgyzstan's kalpak, and Turkmenistan's carpets all notched spots on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List

Asia Is Becoming a World Leader in Electric Public Transportation
December 28, 2019

Asia Is Becoming a World Leader in Electric Public Transportation

By Jenna Tsui
Asian cities are among the few adding EVs to their public transportation fleets.

Taiwan Authorities Bust Illegal Logging Ring as Island’s Forest Wars Rage On
December 26, 2019

Taiwan Authorities Bust Illegal Logging Ring as Island’s Forest Wars Rage On

By Nick Aspinwall
50 tons of timber worth over $3.3 million were seized in an operation targeting a gang trafficking wood from protected trees, the latest assault on Taiwan’s hated “mountain rats.”

Sports on the Silk Road
December 24, 2019

Sports on the Silk Road

By Rani Singh and Tim Winter
The often overlooked people-to-people element of the Belt and Road is embracing sports, with all the cultural complexities that brings.
What’s Behind the Rise of Recluses in Japan?
December 20, 2019

What’s Behind the Rise of Recluses in Japan?

By Xiaochen Su
A lack of economic ambition is increasing the trend of “hikikomori” in Japan.

An Afghan Woman Takes on Society’s Taboos, One Tattoo at a Time
December 16, 2019

An Afghan Woman Takes on Society’s Taboos, One Tattoo at a Time

By Associated Press
“Being a woman in Afghanistan requires guts,” Suraya Shaheedi, a female tattoo artist, says.

Taiwan Pushed to the Sidelines as COP25 Climate Summit Concludes
December 13, 2019

Taiwan Pushed to the Sidelines as COP25 Climate Summit Concludes

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan sent a delegation to the summit’s sideline events even as a new climate index blasted its performance in meeting the emissions targets set by the Paris Agreement.

Taiwan’s Usually Obscure Party Lists Might Swing Its Legislative Election
December 12, 2019

Taiwan’s Usually Obscure Party Lists Might Swing Its Legislative Election

By Lev Nachman and Brian Hioe
The KMT was riding high in legislative polls -- until a huge misstep with its party lists.
On Capturing Everyday Life: A Conversation with Kazuhiro Soda
December 11, 2019

On Capturing Everyday Life: A Conversation with Kazuhiro Soda

By Layne Vandenberg
Filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda broke from mainstream documentary production to give his viewers the power of observation.

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