Asia Life

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.

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August 05, 2019

The Kit Kat in Japan, a Transliteration Success

By Layne Vandenberg
Transliterating company names into Chinese and Japanese has contributed to the success of popular brands.
July 17, 2019

Boxing Association Stripped of Olympic Status, But Boxing Cleared for Tokyo Games

By Catherine Putz
The AIBA has been suspended and Rakhimov has resigned but boxing will still appear in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

July 16, 2019

New Zealand and Williamson Script Journey to Remember in 2019 Cricket World Cup

By Kiran Mohandas Menon
New Zealand’s unconventional and rather unexpected path to the final was among the highlights of the 2019 World Cup.

July 12, 2019

Rise of the Korean Zombie Thriller

By Layne Vandenberg
Mixing symbolic cinematography, imaginative storylines, and harsh societal critiques, Korea has joined the zombie craze.

July 03, 2019

The Poll: An Indian Board Game Reflects Indian Society and Politics

By Krzysztof Iwanek
What does a board game tell us about today’s India? (A lot, actually.)
June 29, 2019

Should Amateur Baseball Players Go Pro in South Korea and Japan?

By Troy Stangarone
Shifting trends in Major League Baseball open a potential window for teams in Japan and South Korea to compete for top amateur talent.

June 27, 2019

Taiwan’s Airline Employees Are Striking for the 2nd Time in 2019

By Nick Aspinwall
A strike by over 2,000 EVA Airways flight attendants is entering its second week, further dampening a difficult 2019 for the major Taiwan airline.
June 20, 2019

Asia Stands up to 'Waste Colonialism'

By Shona Warren
Developing nations in Asia are no longer willing to receive metric tonnes of untreated, unsorted rubbish.

June 14, 2019

Labor Exploitation, Illegal Fishing Continue to Plague Asian Seas

By James X. Morris
A new EJF report finds widespread violations in the global seafood industry, including in Taiwan, Vietnam, and elsewhere in Asia.

June 10, 2019

Suketu Mehta’s Manifesto: This Land is Our Land

By Krzysztof Iwanek
This Land is Our Land is a defense of people’s right to migrate and a strong critique of Trump’s migration policies.

June 05, 2019

Taiwan’s Democracy Is Utterly Confounded by Populist Mayor Han Kuo-yu

By Nick Aspinwall
The controversial Kaohsiung mayor, now a presidential frontrunner, was never supposed to make it this far. It’s an increasingly familiar story.
May 31, 2019

Cutting Chopsticks From China's Food Delivery Waste

By Layne Vandenberg
China’s food delivery industry is searching for ways to make the sector more environmentally conscious, one order at a time.

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