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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.

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The Korean Wave Rises in the UAE
October 05, 2020

The Korean Wave Rises in the UAE

By Donya Saberi
K-drama, K-beauty, and Korean fried chicken in the UAE.
INDIA: Inspecting New Delhi’s Initiative Acronyms
October 01, 2020

INDIA: Inspecting New Delhi’s Initiative Acronyms

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The current Indian government likes to name its policies with clever acronyms. 

Uncle Roger: The East to West Comedic Sensation
September 28, 2020

Uncle Roger: The East to West Comedic Sensation

By Layne Vandenberg
Nigel Ng’s viral comedy sketches, featuring his middle-aged Malaysian “uncle” alter-ego, have resonated with fans both in Asia and the West.

Hong Kong-Indonesian Couples Caught in the Middle Amid COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
September 25, 2020

Hong Kong-Indonesian Couples Caught in the Middle Amid COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

By Jason Hung
Plans for a travel bubble between Hong Kong and Indonesia have been put on hold, disappointing couples who have been left separated by closed borders.

Beyond Data Privacy: Trump’s Proposed Ban of WeChat 
September 21, 2020

Beyond Data Privacy: Trump’s Proposed Ban of WeChat 

By Layne Vandenberg
The broader success factors behind Tencent and WeChat indicate alternative motivations for Trump’s proposed ban.
‘Mulan’ Wanted Chinese Money. Taiwan’s Rising Filmmakers Don’t.
September 18, 2020

‘Mulan’ Wanted Chinese Money. Taiwan’s Rising Filmmakers Don’t.

By Anthony Kao
As Taiwan decouples from China, its filmmakers are starting to eschew Chinese profits in favor of political expression.

Divers in Southeast Asia May Have Found US Submarine Lost in WWII
September 16, 2020

Divers in Southeast Asia May Have Found US Submarine Lost in WWII

By Grant Peck
Divers believe they’d found the wreckage of the the USS Grenadier in the Strait of Malacca.
Has Taiwanese Public Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage Changed?
September 11, 2020

Has Taiwanese Public Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage Changed?

By Timothy S. Rich and Isabel Eliassen
Over a year since legalization, how have public opinions in Taiwan shifted around the question of same-sex marriage?

Human Rights Groups Ask IOC to Move 2022 Olympics Out of China
September 09, 2020

Human Rights Groups Ask IOC to Move 2022 Olympics Out of China

By Associated Press
In a letter, the group asked the IOC to "reverse its mistake in awarding Beijing the honor of hosting the Winter Olympic Games in 2022."

Is the Managed Retreat Plan for the Sundarbans Misguided?
September 05, 2020

Is the Managed Retreat Plan for the Sundarbans Misguided?

By Debjani Bhattacharyya and Megnaa Mehtta
Planners need to look beyond technocratic solutions as they rise to the challenges posed by climate change.

Who Is the Real Mulan?
September 04, 2020

Who Is the Real Mulan?

By Jessie Lau
The current film has sparked a fierce fight over Mulan’s soul: what she should represent, both as a symbol for women and for Chinese-ness.
Meet Narmak, Creator of the Viral SpongeBob Anime Suponjibobu
August 31, 2020

Meet Narmak, Creator of the Viral SpongeBob Anime Suponjibobu

By Layne Vandenberg
Narmak’s viral SpongeBob anime is built upon organic influences of both Western and Eastern cultures on his work. 

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