Social Issues

'Comfort Women' Musical Builds Asian Community
August 05, 2015

'Comfort Women' Musical Builds Asian Community

By Remi Yamazaki
Dimo HyunJun Kim, director of Comfort Women - A New Musical, on adapting social issues for entertainment.

India's New Philanthropists
August 06, 2012

India's New Philanthropists

Indians are taking up the banner of “giving back”. Many more might join if incentives to do so could be enhanced.

Indonesian Q! Storm
October 04, 2010

Indonesian Q! Storm

An ongoing gay and lesbian film festival has ignited controversy – and raised concerns about the use of social media.

March 10, 2010

Gold Statue Power

New high-profile award for film may bring a media tidal wave to Japan.

December 18, 2009

Dear Santa : Wishlist Item Two

I spoke about this film a few months ago, and have finally had the opportunity to see it. The Cove, a documentary that reveals the truth behind the highly-guarded dolphin hunting industry in Japan, was even better than I imagined, despite the countle

December 15, 2009

Charismatic Author of Upcoming Rock & Roll Jihad

I didn’t know there was a ‘Pakistani U2,’ but according to my recent research into the region there is, and it’s rock and roll band Junoon. Although the group has been in hiatus since 2005, it’s still arguably one of the most popular and influential

December 04, 2009

'I nearly died': An Ai WeiWei Update

A few months back I wrote about Chinese artist Ai WeiWei (‘Where in the World is Ai WeiWei?’) who was recovering in a hospital bed in Munich after brain surgery. Back then it was still unclear whether the serious operation was related to a brain haem

November 27, 2009

The Burning Season - Worth It

Talk this week that the Copenhagen climate meetings next month might not be as hopeless as they seemed reminded me of a documentary I came across recently about rainforest clearing in Indonesia.  The movie has gotten some international acclaim;

November 26, 2009

Where the Heart Is -- This Sri Lankan architect knows

This week, I’ve been lucky enough to come across some inspiring bits of info from the Asia-Pacific cultural arena. One was on Sri Lankan architect Chevadurai Anjalendran, whose work is the subject of the newly-released book Anjalendran: Architect of

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