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Restoring Ties by Restoring Monuments: Indian Diplomacy in Southeast Asia
February 22, 2021

Restoring Ties by Restoring Monuments: Indian Diplomacy in Southeast Asia

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Conservation of sacred sites is an important aspect of India’s diplomacy toward Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos.

Contemporary Interpretations of Traditional Asian Crafts at Collect 2021
February 22, 2021

Contemporary Interpretations of Traditional Asian Crafts at Collect 2021

By Layne Vandenberg
This year’s online edition of Collect art fair showcases how modern artists are interpreting Asian craft art forms into traditional and contemporary pieces.
Indian Journalist Acquitted of Defamation in #MeToo Case
February 18, 2021

Indian Journalist Acquitted of Defamation in #MeToo Case

By Associated Press
Priya Ramani was the first of more than 20 women to come forward an allege sexual harassment by M.J. Akbar.

Myanmar’s Protest Movement Finds Friends in the Milk Tea Alliance
February 13, 2021

Myanmar’s Protest Movement Finds Friends in the Milk Tea Alliance

By Jessie Lau
Transnational solidarity – including shared protest tactics and strategies – between Hong Kong, Thailand, and Taiwan now stretches to include Myanmar’s anti-coup movement.

Korean American K-pop Stars Promote Mental Health Awareness
February 10, 2021

Korean American K-pop Stars Promote Mental Health Awareness

By Associated Press
Many recording artists struggle to cope with the trappings of fame, made more difficult by the perception of mental health as taboo topic.

Nepal, the Beacon of LGBTQ+ Rights in Asia? Not Quite.
February 10, 2021

Nepal, the Beacon of LGBTQ+ Rights in Asia? Not Quite.

By Sanju Gurung
Despite constitutional guarantees, the country’s laws are yet to fully support gender and sexual minorities.

Taiwan Will Restrict Lunar New Year Activities Due to COVID-19 Threat
February 05, 2021

Taiwan Will Restrict Lunar New Year Activities Due to COVID-19 Threat

By Nick Aspinwall
The country could also receive its first vaccine doses in February, although it must work around its exclusion from the World Health Organization.
An Indian Diplomat-Poet on Writing Amid Catastrophe
February 04, 2021

An Indian Diplomat-Poet on Writing Amid Catastrophe

By Arun Budhathoki
“Poetry is an intrinsic need of our species,” says Ambassador Abhay Kumar.

Post-Politics or the Politics of Posting: Indian Politics on the Web
February 02, 2021

Post-Politics or the Politics of Posting: Indian Politics on the Web

By Krzysztof Iwanek
What does India’s ruling party’s guidebook tell us about the era of social media we live in?

The Art of Asian Crafts
February 01, 2021

The Art of Asian Crafts

By Layne Vandenberg
Traditional Asian craft art forms -- ceramics, porcelain, lacquer, and jewelry -- are being upheld and interpreted by contemporary artists.

How Have Women Leaders Shaped South Asia’s Politics?
January 28, 2021

How Have Women Leaders Shaped South Asia’s Politics?

By Allia Bukhari
South Asia has elected its share of prominent women politicians. But what has that meant for gender equality and women's rights on the ground?
In Hong Kong, COVID-19 and Racism Make an Ugly Mix
January 22, 2021

In Hong Kong, COVID-19 and Racism Make an Ugly Mix

By Jessie Lau
In Hong Kong, the pandemic has fanned the flames of a more silent epidemic: systematic racism. 

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