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Australia to Kill Pigeon that Crossed Pacific from Oregon
January 14, 2021

Australia to Kill Pigeon that Crossed Pacific from Oregon

By Associated Press
Named after the U.S. president-elect, the world-traveler is now at the mercy of Australia's strict quarantine service.
Spell It Out: Should English Transcription of Indian Words Be Reformed?
January 04, 2021

Spell It Out: Should English Transcription of Indian Words Be Reformed?

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The British colonial government never worked out a coherent and precise way of spelling Indian names.

Official Costs of Tokyo Olympics Up by 22% to $15.4 billion
December 23, 2020

Official Costs of Tokyo Olympics Up by 22% to $15.4 billion

By Associated Press
The Olympics are to open on July 23, 2021.

Taiwanese Horror Game ‘Devotion’ Gets Pulled Again Over Chinese Objections
December 19, 2020

Taiwanese Horror Game ‘Devotion’ Gets Pulled Again Over Chinese Objections

By Nick Aspinwall
Online game store GOG canceled a plan to re-release the game, which drew controversy last year over an Easter egg comparing Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh.

New Collectors Boost Chinese Public Art Fairs
December 18, 2020

New Collectors Boost Chinese Public Art Fairs

By Layne Vandenberg
Galleries and artists are adapting to a new generation of collectors emerging in the Chinese art scene.
Pakistan: Reporting in a Pandemic
December 11, 2020

Pakistan: Reporting in a Pandemic

By Tehreem Azeem
Amid COVID-19, Pakistani journalists are looking for training to help them counter misinformation and stay safe while reporting.

Ang Lee on ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ 20 Years Later
December 10, 2020

Ang Lee on ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ 20 Years Later

By Associated Press
 An international co-production filmed in China and shot in Mandarin, it still ranks, easily, as the most successful non-English language film ever in the U.S.
In ’76 Days’, a Documentary Portrait of Lockdown in Wuhan
December 02, 2020

In ’76 Days’, a Documentary Portrait of Lockdown in Wuhan

By Associated Press
Hao Wu's documentary offers a raw and vital examination of the first steps in the contagion's global march.

‘World’s Loneliest Elephant’ Arrives Safely in Cambodia
December 01, 2020

‘World’s Loneliest Elephant’ Arrives Safely in Cambodia

By Associated Press
Kaavan, a 1985 gift from Sri Lanka to Pakistan, had lived since 2012 all alone in a Pakistani zoo after his partner died.

EdTech in Rural China
December 01, 2020

EdTech in Rural China

By Layne Vandenberg
EdTech companies are starting to address the urban-rural disparity in educational opportunities prevalent throughout China.

Lust Not Lost: Old World of Indian Courtesans Lives on in Popular Culture
November 30, 2020

Lust Not Lost: Old World of Indian Courtesans Lives on in Popular Culture

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The recent English translation of the novel “Phoolsunghi” reminds us of an entire culture that once surrounded Indian courtesans.
Pakistan’s Movie Industry is Being Remade
November 26, 2020

Pakistan’s Movie Industry is Being Remade

By StoriesAsia
Young actors are revolutionizing Pakistan’s film and television industry.

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