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Pakistan’s Movie Industry is Being Remade
November 26, 2020

Pakistan’s Movie Industry is Being Remade

By StoriesAsia
Young actors are revolutionizing Pakistan’s film and television industry.

Malaysia Group Teaches Refugee Women how to Read and Write
November 23, 2020

Malaysia Group Teaches Refugee Women how to Read and Write

By Associated Press
A new school in Kuala Lumpur is giving refugee women from Myanmar and Indonesia a chance at a better life.
Whatever Happened to Gwadar University?
November 18, 2020

Whatever Happened to Gwadar University?

By Mariyam Suleman
Can a hashtag help bring back a promised opportunity for Gwadar, the famous port city of CPEC?

Taiwan Accused of Failing to Protect Medical Rights of Southeast Asian Workers
November 14, 2020

Taiwan Accused of Failing to Protect Medical Rights of Southeast Asian Workers

By Nick Aspinwall
A coalition held a protest outside Taiwan’s disease control center after several migrant workers said they were illegally terminated after getting sick.

Actors Connect in ‘Subconscious’ to Play Young, Old Hokusai
November 09, 2020

Actors Connect in ‘Subconscious’ to Play Young, Old Hokusai

By Associated Press
Yuya Yagira plays younger Hokusai and Min Tanaka portrays the older Hokusai in the closing film of the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Taiwan Has ‘Brunch With Tsai’ After Her LGBT Support Angers Prayer Breakfast Organizers
October 30, 2020

Taiwan Has ‘Brunch With Tsai’ After Her LGBT Support Angers Prayer Breakfast Organizers

By Nick Aspinwall
The president’s breakfast date was canceled at the last minute over her support for the LGBT+ community. Taiwanese internet users weren’t having it.

Hong Kong’s Blueprint Changed Protests Around the World
October 30, 2020

Hong Kong’s Blueprint Changed Protests Around the World

By Silvia Frosina
From Belarus to Thailand, activists worldwide are learning from the city's pro-democracy movement.
India’s Junk Artists (and Where to Find Them on the Web)
October 26, 2020

India’s Junk Artists (and Where to Find Them on the Web)

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Junk art is a sphere in which India’s garbage challenge and its tradition of jugaad (improvisation) merge, with sometimes jaw-dropping results.

Fighting Deforestation in Sri Lanka
October 23, 2020

Fighting Deforestation in Sri Lanka

By Savithri Sellapperumage
Can Sri Lanka live up to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's environmental commitments?

Silent Battles: How Pakistani Women Counter Harassment in Cyberspace
October 21, 2020

Silent Battles: How Pakistani Women Counter Harassment in Cyberspace

By Allia Bukhari
“Unless these issues are addressed in the real world, they will continue to exist and increase in the online world.”

Pandemics and the Post: Mongolia’s Pony Express
October 16, 2020

Pandemics and the Post: Mongolia’s Pony Express

By William Taylor
The most famous horse-based postal relay came with the rise of the great Mongol Empire in the 13th century.
After Outrage, Indian Brand Pulls Ad with Interfaith Couple
October 14, 2020

After Outrage, Indian Brand Pulls Ad with Interfaith Couple

By Associated Press
The ad featured a Muslim man and his Hindu wife, with the tagline: “A beautiful confluence of two different religions, traditions and cultures."

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