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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.

Murder Case Sparks a Reckoning With Nepal’s Caste Discrimination
June 10, 2020

Murder Case Sparks a Reckoning With Nepal’s Caste Discrimination

By Aashiyana Adhikari
Caste-based discrimination remains a national tragedy, but one that is rarely discussed.  

Why Did Pakistan’s Prime Minister Promote a Turkish TV Show?
June 08, 2020

Why Did Pakistan’s Prime Minister Promote a Turkish TV Show?

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Market values and Islamic values: Ertuğrul is a hero that exclaims "Ya Allah" before vanquishing his enemies.

Cyberbullying and the Tragedy of Hana Kimura 
June 05, 2020

Cyberbullying and the Tragedy of Hana Kimura 

By Hayden Marks
Governments around the world have struggled to figure out how to best confront and stop online harassment. Japan is no exception.

Taiwan to Loosen COVID Social Distancing Restrictions, Announces Global Assistance Measures
June 05, 2020

Taiwan to Loosen COVID Social Distancing Restrictions, Announces Global Assistance Measures

By Nick Aspinwall
The country, which has confirmed just 443 cases of COVID-19, is set to ease social distancing seating restrictions in public places.
Tokyo Olympics Just Beginning the Race to Reset Themselves
May 28, 2020

Tokyo Olympics Just Beginning the Race to Reset Themselves

By Associated Press
"If you ask, are we just around the first corner of the 400-meter race, I cannot answer that question," said organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto.

Sports Behind Closed Doors: Lessons from the Koreas
May 19, 2020

Sports Behind Closed Doors: Lessons from the Koreas

By Layne Vandenberg
Post-COVID sports may resemble the October 2019 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the men’s national teams from North and South Korea.

Yoshifumi Kondo, Studio Ghibli’s Forgotten Master
May 15, 2020

Yoshifumi Kondo, Studio Ghibli’s Forgotten Master

By Kiran Mohandas Menon
25 years after its release, Kondo’s solitary contribution to the revered Studio Ghibli canon remains much beloved.

Calgary Zoo Returning Pandas to China Due to Bamboo Acquisition Barriers
May 14, 2020

Calgary Zoo Returning Pandas to China Due to Bamboo Acquisition Barriers

By Associated Press
Fresh bamboo is difficult to get in Calgary amid the pandemic, so the loaned pandas will be returned to China.
Tibet’s ‘Orphan Super-Mother’ Lost to COVID-19
May 11, 2020

Tibet’s ‘Orphan Super-Mother’ Lost to COVID-19

By Morris Tennyson
Tendol Gyalzur cared for 300 children over a period of 25 years.

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