Society

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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...
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Art-to-Go: China’s Masterworks Copy Center

Psst, hey, buddy! Looking for a Van Gogh-to-go? Cross through the gates of Dafen, past the enormous bronze hand holding a paint brush rising to the sky, and you'll find it, and thousands of other masterworks... Read More...
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We’d Rather Not Say

The environmentalists who set out four years ago to get the world’s industrial giants to track and report their greenhouse gas emissions are running into trouble in Asia. Few companies – includi... Read More...
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Gimme Shelter

Cambodia has apparently granted Khmer citizenship to a wealthy American accused of being one of the world’s most notorious child abusers, a former San Francisco Bay Area stockbroker currently in a Mex... Read More...
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Malaysia’s Ethnic Reality Under Scrutiny

Malaysia is suddenly confronting the unsettling possibility that at least a thin crust of its ethnic majority population might be a lot better off than everybody thinks.  A report published by a presti... Read More...
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The Spy Who Loved Us

Pham Xuan An, a character right out of a Graham Greene novel, died in Saigon. An indispensable member of the Time Magazine bureau during the war, Pham was also a spy for the North Vietnamese. Then-Time bure... Read More...