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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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May 29, 2019

The Significance of Son Heung-min, South Korea’s Star Footballer

By Layne Vandenberg
The 26-year-old striker for the Tottenham Hotspurs is one of South Korea’s most valuable cultural exports.
May 24, 2019

Coping With War, Afghans Turn to Art and Books

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Dealing with decades of violence and war, Afghans turn to art and books to soothe their souls.

May 24, 2019

Taiwan’s First Same-Sex Couples Got Married Today. What Rights Will They Receive?

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan’s new law grants same-sex partners many of the same rights as heterosexual couples, but it has left some disappointed.

May 24, 2019

Sydney Judge Awards Actor Geoffrey Rush $2 Million in Defamation Case

By Associated Press
The actor sued The Daily Telegraph's publisher and a journalist for defamation in reporting on accusations against Rush.

May 17, 2019

It's Official: Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal in Taiwan

By Ralph Jennings
Two years after a landmark court decision, Taiwan has finally passed legislation allowing same-sex couples to wed.
May 15, 2019

The Long Wait: Chin Refugees in India

By Sania Ashraf
A Christian minority community from Myanmar faces an uncertain future in India. Many are putting their hopes in third countries.

May 06, 2019

Fani: India Faces the Cyclone’s Bite, Again

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Better cooperation and communication, a more efficient warning system, and a massive evacuation helped in tackling the cyclone.
May 03, 2019

In ‘Memory Boxes,’ Afghans Memorialize Lives Lost to Violence

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
A recently opened center in Kabul memorializes the victims of Afghanistan’s chronic state of war.

May 01, 2019

Netflix Will Make a Movie About Thailand’s Miracle Cave Rescue

By Associated Press
The company acquired the rights to the story of the boys' soccer team that spent over 2 weeks trapped in a flooded cave.

May 01, 2019

Is Avengers: Endgame a Masala Movie?

By Krzysztof Iwanek
A formula made up of mixed genres that is sometimes viewed by outsiders as awkward in Indian movies works fine for Marvel.

April 29, 2019

How Netflix Is Reshaping South Korean Entertainment

By Troy Stangarone
The streaming giant is reshaping Korean entertainment, even while boosting its popularity around the world.
April 26, 2019

A Visual Dialogue of the 2014 Sunflower Movement, 5 Years Later

By James X. Morris
An exhibit in Taipei relives the energy and optimism of the Sunflower protests through photography.

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