Society

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Looking for Love

One of the most popular soap operas in China can’t be watched on CCTV or even a television. Instead it’s found on the popular China blog, Danwei.org as well as on YouTube, where the short, wryly funny episod... Read More...
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A Right Royal Mess?

Asian royals have been much in the news. Royalty backing a coup in Thailand. Royalty creating mayhem in Nepal. A revolt against royals in tiny Tonga. A rare royal birth in Japan. And in Korea, discussion of... Read More...
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No Joking Please, We’re Journalists

In an unprecedented action, an estimated 80-plus newsroom staffers – male, female, Chinese and western alike – have signed what amounts to a no-confidence vote in Mark Clifford, the editor-in-chief of Hong Kong... Read More...
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Comrade Condom

In his unremarkable 22-year life, which ended ingloriously in 1962 when a PLA comrade accidentally backed a truck into a power pole that fell and crushed him, Lei Feng wanted to be nothing more than a selfl... Read More...
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Her Majesty’s Former Servant

My “best friend'', as my Chinese press colleagues have dubbed him, is an 82-year-old British retired High Court judge named Miles Henry Jackson-Lipkin who, along with his 81-year-old ex-barris... Read More...
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The Great Wall Goes Missing

William Lindesay has documented the danger facing China’s Great Wall in a series of stunning photographs. After digging up photographs and drawings made over the past 200 years, Lindesay has gone back... Read More...
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Thailand’s New Nannies

Bangkok - Early last month, stately Thai Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara flipped on the news and saw a report about a festival marking the end of Buddhist lent in the northeastern province of Nong Khai. Expe... Read More...
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Gay Goodbye Bash

“Fundoshi are still used as traditional sports underwear; like a Jock strap the rokushaku fundoshi is tight on the scrotum and lifts the penis to the side upwards positions.”  - Wikipedia ... Read More...
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Have Sushi Will Travel

Nobuyuki Matsuhisa was a 23-year-old sushi chef in Shinjuku when a Japanese Peruvian pepper farmer came for dinner. The encounter changed his life and helped to alter the patterns of global cuisine. &... Read More...