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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.

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.

Thai Elephants, Out of Work Due to Coronavirus, Trudge Home
May 07, 2020

Thai Elephants, Out of Work Due to Coronavirus, Trudge Home

By Associated Press
An estimated 2,000 tame elephants are at risk of starvation because their owners are unable to feed them. 

A Goodbye to Bollywood’s Irrfan Khan: A Master Actor That Was Not a Showman
May 04, 2020

A Goodbye to Bollywood’s Irrfan Khan: A Master Actor That Was Not a Showman

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Irrfan Khan was extraordinary precisely because he managed to stay ordinary.
Taiwan’s Language Politics and Tigertail’s Trilingualism 
May 01, 2020

Taiwan’s Language Politics and Tigertail’s Trilingualism 

By Layne Vandenberg
Tigertail combines Taiwanese, Mandarin, and English languages to portray the reality of Asian American immigrants and modern-day Taiwan.  

India E-ditions: Where Can You Read Books on India Online for Free?
April 30, 2020

India E-ditions: Where Can You Read Books on India Online for Free?

By Krzysztof Iwanek
There are enough free online books about India to keep you busy until the end of the pandemic.

Taiwan High Court Overturns Acquittals, Finds Sunflower Movement Protesters Guilty
April 30, 2020

Taiwan High Court Overturns Acquittals, Finds Sunflower Movement Protesters Guilty

By Nick Aspinwall
The High Court’s decision to overturn not guilty verdicts for seven protesters who stormed the Executive Yuan led to outrage from civil society figures.

Targeted in Hong Kong, Causeway Bay Books Has a New Home: Taiwan
April 29, 2020

Targeted in Hong Kong, Causeway Bay Books Has a New Home: Taiwan

By Kuang-shun Yang
Lam Wing-kee found refuge in Taiwan. Can the island offer safe harbor to more Hong Kong democracy activists?
Japan Medical Association: Tokyo Olympics Difficult Without Vaccine
April 28, 2020

Japan Medical Association: Tokyo Olympics Difficult Without Vaccine

By Associated Press
Japan and the International Olympic Committee had agreed to postpone the Tokyo Games until July 23, 2021, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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