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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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Can Singapore Eliminate the Stigmas in Its Secondary Education?
March 21, 2019

Can Singapore Eliminate the Stigmas in Its Secondary Education?

By Nur Diyanah Anwar
Phasing out “streaming” is a good step, but there are still questions about how students will be viewed by their peers and society.
How Media Discourages Japanese Youth From Travel Abroad
March 15, 2019

How Media Discourages Japanese Youth From Travel Abroad

By Xiaochen Su
Japan’s best-selling travel guide has a tendency to heavily stress crime and danger in other countries.

South Korean Police Question 2 K-Pop Stars in Sex Scandals
March 14, 2019

South Korean Police Question 2 K-Pop Stars in Sex Scandals

By Hyung-Jin Kim
The #MeToo movement takes hold in South Korea's famed music industry.

The Evolution and Preservation of Chinese-Peruvian Identity
March 12, 2019

The Evolution and Preservation of Chinese-Peruvian Identity

By Teresa Kennedy and Layne Vandenberg
Peruvians yearn to learn more about China, some to rediscover their ancestry but many out of a genuine interest in the Asian giant.

A Fairy Tale Taking Flight: Aligarh Muslim University’s First Female Field Hockey Team
March 06, 2019

A Fairy Tale Taking Flight: Aligarh Muslim University’s First Female Field Hockey Team

By Akanksha Saxena
A women's field hockey team is taking root at Aligarh Muslim University.
Chifa and Nikkei Cuisine: East Asia’s Fusion With Peru
March 06, 2019

Chifa and Nikkei Cuisine: East Asia’s Fusion With Peru

By Teresa Kennedy and Layne Vandenberg
The evolution of East Asian cuisines in Peru hints at important divergences between Chinese and Japanese subcultures in Latin America.

Authenticity Over Comfort: Why Indian Tourism Should Avoid Resort Complexes
March 04, 2019

Authenticity Over Comfort: Why Indian Tourism Should Avoid Resort Complexes

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Culture is one of the greatest assets of Indian tourism, but it can’t be promoted through hotel towns.
BTS and the Global Spread of Korean Soft Power
March 01, 2019

BTS and the Global Spread of Korean Soft Power

By Wantanee Suntikul
People-to-people cultural diplomacy fuels the band’s burgeoning global fame and influence.

Taiwan Inches Closer to Marriage Equality With New Draft Bill
February 28, 2019

Taiwan Inches Closer to Marriage Equality With New Draft Bill

By Nick Aspinwall
Advocates say the bill is a positive step, but contains major shortcomings that prevent it from truly enshrining equality.

The 228 Incident Still Haunts Taiwan
February 27, 2019

The 228 Incident Still Haunts Taiwan

By James X. Morris
From memorials to vandalism, Taiwan continues to remember its history -- and debate its future.

Taiwan Suffers Yet Another Fatal Factory Fire, Igniting Familiar Labor Issues
February 20, 2019

Taiwan Suffers Yet Another Fatal Factory Fire, Igniting Familiar Labor Issues

By Nick Aspinwall
3 Vietnamese workers lost their lives in Taiwan’s third fatal factory fire in the past 14 months.
How ‘Three Billboards’ Inspired China’s Gay Rights Activists
February 13, 2019

How ‘Three Billboards’ Inspired China’s Gay Rights Activists

By Kyle Mullin
Trucks painted with slogans – mobile billboards – are the center of a campaign against homosexual conversion therapy.

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