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Viewing India’s Down and Out

Photo by Wen-Yan King There was a time not long ago when India was synonymous in the popular imagination of the west as a place of numbing poverty, streams of beggars and teeming slums. Now that t... Read More...
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Volcanic Pleasures

One day half a million years or so ago, a 5,500-meter volcano on Luzon in the Philippines exploded with what must have been a tremendous bang, throwing volcanic debris all the way to where Manila sprawls... Read More...
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Vietnam’s Easy Riders

Photos by Andrew James Armed with cigarettes, bad jokes, and a nifty Honda motorbike, Endy, 42, lives a life on the road with strangers. For the past six years, he has been an ‘Easy Rider&... Read More...
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Putting Cambodian cuisine on the map

Overshadowed as it is by two of Asia’s most famous and distinctive cuisines – Thai and Vietnamese – and beset by reports of spiders on the menu -- what Cambodia eats has long ... Read More...
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Married, with AIDS

Radhika, 26, and her boyfriend Mohan, 32, are excited about their October marriage in the Mumbai suburb of Thane. They have booked a banquet hall, invited 500 guests, lined up the best florist in town and a... Read More...
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Switzerland comes to Shenzhen

“I love to go a-wandering along the mountain track/ And as I go, I love to sing, my knapsack on my back/ Valderi, Valdera, Valderi /Valdera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha” It looks kind of like the place whe... Read More...
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Elite Malays and Mixed Marriage

In early June, the Malaysian media blossomed with pictures of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in the traditional Malay suap-menyuap ceremony, exchanging bites of colored glutinous rice with his new bri... Read More...
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Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

The drama of the bloody shooting death of Korean pastor Bae Hyng-Kyu, 42, Wednesday by Taliban militants in Afghanistan and concerns over the release of his 22 Christian mission comrades points up the i... Read More...