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South Korean Soccer League Season Set to Kick Off on May 8
April 24, 2020

South Korean Soccer League Season Set to Kick Off on May 8

By Associated Press
The league will be imposing strict social-distancing regulations for players on and off the field, but games will start May 8.
Covering All the Bases: How Taiwan Opened Its Baseball Season Amid COVID-19
April 24, 2020

Covering All the Bases: How Taiwan Opened Its Baseball Season Amid COVID-19

By Bo-jiun Jing
Taiwan is one of the few countries still playing live sports. Here’s how its pro baseball league made that happen.

Ventilator From Old Car Parts? Afghan Girls Pursue Prototype
April 20, 2020

Ventilator From Old Car Parts? Afghan Girls Pursue Prototype

By Associated Press
Afghanistan only has 400 ventilators for a population of more than 36.6 million. A cheap way to add to that stock will save lives.

‘In Milk Tea We Trust’: How a Thai-Chinese Meme War Led to a New (Online) Pan-Asia Alliance
April 18, 2020

‘In Milk Tea We Trust’: How a Thai-Chinese Meme War Led to a New (Online) Pan-Asia Alliance

By Dan McDevitt
From #MilkTeaAlliance to #StopMekongDam, can an internet meme war translate into real-world action?

Taiwan’s Baseball, Basketball Leagues Back in Action as the World Watches
April 17, 2020

Taiwan’s Baseball, Basketball Leagues Back in Action as the World Watches

By Nick Aspinwall
The country’s top baseball and basketball leagues are holding games without fans, a sign of its success in controlling the spread of the coronavirus.
Tokyo Has No ‘Plan B’ for Another Olympic Postponement
April 14, 2020

Tokyo Has No ‘Plan B’ for Another Olympic Postponement

By Associated Press
Organizers are proceeding under the assumption the Olympics will open on July 23, 2021.

Hong Kong’s Domestic Workers: When ‘Stay at Home’ Means ‘Live at Work’
April 14, 2020

Hong Kong’s Domestic Workers: When ‘Stay at Home’ Means ‘Live at Work’

By Alexandra Chan
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Hong Kong’s “live-in rule” poses a dilemma for migrant domestic workers.
Animal Crossing  Pulled From Chinese E-commerce Platforms
April 13, 2020

Animal Crossing Pulled From Chinese E-commerce Platforms

By Layne Vandenberg
China has unofficially banned the popular video game to continue to suppress online forms of protest amid COVID-19 isolation.

Tokyo Olympic Flame Taken Off Display; Next Stop Unclear
April 08, 2020

Tokyo Olympic Flame Taken Off Display; Next Stop Unclear

By Associated Press
Too keep people from gathering, Japan has taken the flame to an undisclosed location.

Afghanistan’s Women Are the Key to a Lasting Peace
April 07, 2020

Afghanistan’s Women Are the Key to a Lasting Peace

By Sohrab Azad
To guarantee a peace process that will materialize and come to fruition, women need to be substantively involved at every level, from pre-negotiation to talks.

A Splendid Lack of Isolation: Indian Writers in the Global Mainstream
April 06, 2020

A Splendid Lack of Isolation: Indian Writers in the Global Mainstream

By Krzysztof Iwanek
While the circle of English-writing authors still behaves as an exclusivist club, some Indian authors have managed to join it.
How Can China Fulfill Its Rising Meat Demand?
April 06, 2020

How Can China Fulfill Its Rising Meat Demand?

By Layne Vandenberg
Cultivated meat could be a possible solution to satisfy China’s heightened demand.

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