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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.

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.

The NBA’s Popularity in China Seems Endless
September 17, 2019

The NBA’s Popularity in China Seems Endless

By Tim Reynolds
Basketball wasn't a big deal in China. And then everything changed.

Hánna: An Artist Sings of Love in All Its Forms
September 15, 2019

Hánna: An Artist Sings of Love in All Its Forms

By James Pach
With her latest album, Japanese-Filipino singer-songwriter Hánna writes of love, foster relationships…and earthquakes.
The Politics of Hate and Artistic Expression in Japan
September 14, 2019

The Politics of Hate and Artistic Expression in Japan

By Jeff Kingston
Organizers of the 2019 Aichi Triennale, a sprawling showcase of contemporary art, got more publicity than they bargained for.

Can the Philippines Contain African Swine Fever?
September 09, 2019

Can the Philippines Contain African Swine Fever?

By Jim Gomez
The country has been working to battle infections in affected villages in recent weeks.

Elephant Roadkill: Thailand Grapples With Pachyderms on the Pavement
September 06, 2019

Elephant Roadkill: Thailand Grapples With Pachyderms on the Pavement

By Tyler Roney
Long-term solutions may require more severe measures than road signs, namely, wildlife corridors.

Two Wheels Good: Motorbike Diplomacy in Southeast Asia
September 05, 2019

Two Wheels Good: Motorbike Diplomacy in Southeast Asia

By Preeti Jha
A recent heated debate is just the latest incident in the motorbike taxi scene in Southeast Asia.
The Development of K-Pop Without China
August 30, 2019

The Development of K-Pop Without China

By Layne Vandenberg
China is one of the world’s largest markets; but K-pop continues to be a global phenomenon without it.

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