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Remembering Cambodia Rock Star Kak Channthy
March 23, 2018

Remembering Cambodia Rock Star Kak Channthy

By Luke Hunt
The frontwoman of the Cambodian Space Project, who died in a fatal car crash Tuesday morning, breathed life into a music scene devastated by three decades of war.
The Rise of South Korea’s Soft Power in the Middle East
March 14, 2018

The Rise of South Korea’s Soft Power in the Middle East

By Donya Saberi
As the case of the UAE shows, Seoul has enticed greater relations via pop culture and reinforced its interests with economic power.

Dumont, Guha, and the Danger of Stereotyping India
March 12, 2018

Dumont, Guha, and the Danger of Stereotyping India

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The case of Dumont’s book may serve as a warning to all foreigners dealing with Indian society.

The Bonfire of Modern Demons: On Original Ways of Celebrating India’s Holi
March 05, 2018

The Bonfire of Modern Demons: On Original Ways of Celebrating India’s Holi

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Innovative versions of celebrating the festival include burning the effigies of fraudsters.

Paying Attention to India’s Saints of All Faiths
March 01, 2018

Paying Attention to India’s Saints of All Faiths

By Krzysztof Iwanek
There are cults in India that exist between Hinduism and Islam, but their sites are increasingly claimed by one or the other.
Amul: the Pun-dits of Indian Advertising
February 24, 2018

Amul: the Pun-dits of Indian Advertising

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Amul has managed to not only advertise its brand, but also brand its advertisements.

A Train Ride Away: Long-Distance Parenting in China
February 15, 2018

A Train Ride Away: Long-Distance Parenting in China

By Miranda Zuo
The forces that drive parents to separate from their children, even temporarily.
India’s Padmaavat: An Ode to Conservatism and Moral Victories
February 06, 2018

India’s Padmaavat: An Ode to Conservatism and Moral Victories

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Both the movie and the controversy around it show how we judge things and people we do not know.

India’s Bhima Koregaon: A Battle of Narratives
February 03, 2018

India’s Bhima Koregaon: A Battle of Narratives

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The Koregaon riots show how the same historical event can be seen from different perspectives.

The Death of Shanghai’s Iconic Independent Bookstore
January 31, 2018

The Death of Shanghai’s Iconic Independent Bookstore

By Charlotte Gao
The authorities didn’t allow the bookstore to go gentle into that last good night.

Fake News Busting in India
January 30, 2018

Fake News Busting in India

By Krzysztof Iwanek
India, a massive internet market, is flooded with fake news -- but also enterprising fact checkers and hoax busters.
Aamir Khan: India’s Soft Power in China
January 29, 2018

Aamir Khan: India’s Soft Power in China

By Charlotte Gao
The actor may be the most popular Indian in China today.

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