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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.

K-Pop Phenomenon BTS Takes a Break
August 29, 2019

K-Pop Phenomenon BTS Takes a Break

By Layne Vandenberg
Who can replace the K-pop group that experienced six years of nonstop success?
What Can Nepal’s Pokhara Teach India’s Tourism Industry?
August 26, 2019

What Can Nepal’s Pokhara Teach India’s Tourism Industry?

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Developing "tourist streets" could go a long way in boosting India's tourism industry.

Bollywood and India’s Evolving Representation of Kashmir
August 20, 2019

Bollywood and India’s Evolving Representation of Kashmir

By Alexandra Delaney-Bhattacharya
Bollywood depictions of Kashmir intersect with both popular opinion and the government’s foreign policy outlook.

Taiwan’s New Power Party Faces Crisis After Departure of Heavyweights
August 17, 2019

Taiwan’s New Power Party Faces Crisis After Departure of Heavyweights

By Nick Aspinwall
Two legislators and the party chairperson have quit the NPP, throwing the “third force” party into turmoil.

What Puts the K in K-pop?
August 15, 2019

What Puts the K in K-pop?

By Jenna Gibson
Non-Korean singers raise questions about race and identity in Korean pop music.
The Kit Kat in Japan, a Transliteration Success
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.

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