December 23, 2020
Hydropower vs Heritage: Will Laos Lose Luang Prabang?
By Tom Fawthrop
Another Mekong dam project threatens to cost the former royal capital its UNESCO World Heritage status.
September 13, 2019
Bridging the Gaps in the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway
By Liu Diyi
How can we foster a more connected and inclusive Asia-Pacific?
September 22, 2017
Should China Now Lead UNESCO?
By Grace Guo
The move would represent a step in the wrong direction for the organization.
September 26, 2016
The Trouble With Temple Restoration in Myanmar
By Luke Hunt
The country is only beginning to reexamine how it preserves its ancient temples.
December 10, 2015
Japan's Tangle of Ideology and Diplomacy
By Yo-Jung Chen
Abe’s diplomatic successes are being constrained by his ideological leanings.
November 13, 2015
Moderating Japan’s UNESCO Policy
By Trevor Kennedy
The country has benefited from listing sites, but it must avoid politicizing the process.
October 17, 2015
UNESCO Accepts China's Nanjing Massacre Documents
By Bochen Han
Japan is not happy with the UN body's decision.
June 05, 2015
UNESCO's Great Barrier Reef Decision Has Much Wider Ramifications
By Luke Hunt
An Australian plan, if accepted, could form a pan-ASEAN/Pacific blueprint.
March 17, 2015
ISIS Is Destroying Priceless Artifacts. Here's How to Stop Them.
By Thiago Velozo and Lucas Bento
The Islamic States' desecration of Iraq's cultural heritage can not be allowed to continue.
February 28, 2014
Japanese WWII Survivor Wants UNESCO Certification for Kamikaze Letters
By J.T. Quigley and Angela Erika Kubo
Our Tokyo editors talk about controversial letters penned by Kamikaze pilots and more in this week's podcast.
February 27, 2014
As China Feuds With Japan, Nanjing Takes Center Stage
By Shannon Tiezzi
Nanjing's World War II legacy has propelled the former capital to center stage in the ongoing China-Japan tensions.
October 29, 2013
Can the UN Save Japan’s Shrinking Food Exports?
If the UNESCO puts washoku on its cultural heritage list, it could reverse the decline in Japanese food exports.