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A Newly Diplomatic China Courts the World

Excerpted from Charm Offensive: How China’s Soft Power is Transforming the World by Joshua Kurlantzick, to be published in May 2007 by Yale University Press. Copyright©2007 by Yale University... Read More...
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Pirates of the Thai Kingdom

The first two installments of the Thai trilogy, The Legend of King Naresuan, each topped Spider-man 3 at the box office in local theaters. The first movie, Pegu’s Hostage, pulled in about $5.5... Read More...
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Korea’s Boffins Establish a Kimchi Scale

Korea’s national dish kimchi has officially been around at least since the Shilla Dynasty of the Three Kingdoms, which spanned the period from the second century AD to the seventh. Some authorities sa... Read More...
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Shackled by the Neck

Two years ago an 18-year old Karen girl named Zember, living in a refugee village within sight of the Thai-Burma border, staged her own little personal revolution. She removed the rings she had been addi... Read More...
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How Now Tao?

Nestled on a leafy slope of Zhongnan Mountain, Louguan Temple is a revered place for Taoists. Legend has it that the sage Laozi was last seen here, stopping briefly to leave his last teaching, the... Read More...