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Tag: Asia

Macabe Keliher

Founded a century ago, the Chinese Communist Party has repeatedly defied predictions of its demise. Today it retains popular support by selectively repressing and responding to social demands.

Jessie Kindig
The Atlanta shooter comes from a culture that connects Asian women to sex and violence. It has its origins in U.S. wars—particularly the Korean War—and is fueled by our continued military presence in Asia.
Peera Songkünnatham

Thailand has been gripped by the largest wave of protest in years, forcing a reckoning between the country’s dual structures of democracy and monarchy.

Milli Lake, Marie E. Berry
Some gender equality initiatives help to reinforce exclusion rather than dismantle it.
Macabe Keliher
While economists enshrine Hong Kong as the ideal free market, the social consequences of its neoliberal policies have been disastrous.
Ashutosh Varshney
Though Modi's government draws concern today, the country's constitutional history suggests a framework for creating democracy in unlikely settings. 
Elaine Scarry

On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, it is clear that white supremacy sustains the U.S. nuclear arsenal. 

Yasheng Huang

Some have praised China's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but its suppression of information helped cause the problem in the first place.

Candice Delmas

The protests have been critiqued for their rejection of classic nonviolence—but that may help explain why they has been so successful.

Avni Sejpal, Arundhati Roy

An interview with Arundhati Roy on censorship, storytelling, and her problem with the term "postcolonialism."

M. Hakan Yavuz

In a bid to consolidate power, Erdoğan is reshaping Turkish politics in the image of the Ottoman past.

Jessie Kindig

Trump has promised a Korean "peace regime." But whose peace is being insured? And who is subject to its imposition? 

Miguel Syjuco

An open letter from a Filipino writer to his fellow citizens.

Mark Nowak, Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad on writing, struggle, and hope in difficult times.

Odd Arne Westad

As Trump tweets us closer to war, a look back at North Korean nationalism may provide an out.

Suchitra Vijayan

From scrapbooks to family albums, the people of Kashmir have recorded their history in photographs. A new book presents their visual testimonies.

Sujatha Gidla
Sujatha Gidla, born an untouchable in India, tells the story of her family.
Ran Liu, Guobin Yang
One of the largest peaceful protest movements in recent world history.
Ran Liu, Guobin Yang
On one of the largest peaceful protest movements in recent world history.
Tom Hundley

Islamic jurisprudence does not encourage abortion, but unlike the Catholic Church, it does not absolutely forbid it.

Sarah Hill

Protests against a new waste management system signals a turning point in Chinese environmentalism.

Stephen Phelan

Shigeru Ban's humanitarianism is unquestioned, but are his designs too humble to warrant architecture's most coveted prize?

Joel Whitney

Peter Matthiessen's Orientalism.

Wajahat Ali

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed discusses the findings of his research into U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan and their effects on the region.

Alan A. Stone

Abbas Kiarostami's Like Someone in Love

Tariq Mir

Saudi Arabia Exports Salafism to the War-Torn Region

Tara McKelvey

Cozying up to Central Asia’s Most Brutal Regimes

Shaheen Buneri

Modern Pashtun poetry is a poetry of resistance.

Siddhartha Deb
India Is Growing, But Indians Are Still Starving
Syed Saleem Shahzad
Natural disaster is paving the way for the manmade variety.
Martha C. Nussbaum

Islamic liberalism under fire in India.

Amitava Kumar

Authenticity and the South Asian political novel.

Nicholas Schmidle
The Islamist challenge to secular Bangladesh.
David Clingingsmith, Michael Kremer
A case study on Cambodia.
Ebrahim Moosa
A Personal History.
Joseph Nevins

In search of justice in East Timor.

Alan A. Stone

Reviewing Deepa Mehta's Water.

Theodore Huters, The Editors of Taiwan
An argument for democracy in Taiwan.
Alan A. Stone
Hero, directed by Zhang Yimou.
Martha C. Nussbaum
Why women were mutliated in Gujarat.
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
Ian Johnson and Wang Hui.
Robert Perkinson, Kieko Matteson
The deadly legacy of America's air war in Laos.
Vikram Chandra

India’s cultural commissars worship "Indianness" instead of art.

Nguyen Ba Chung

On poetry from Vietnam.

Christine L. Kane

On women vets of Vietnam.

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