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How Exiled Chinese Muslims Gave Kyrgyzstan Its Culinary Crown Jewel

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The Dungan people brought their signature noodles to Kyrgyzstan, much to the delight of Kyrgyz people.


Frozen in Time: Solving the Mystery of China's Most Remarkable Fossils

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Unravel the series of cataclysmic events that resulted in a treasure trove of Cretaceous period fossils in northeast China.


This Japanese Candy Artist Is Taking Her Sugar Stardom Worldwide

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'Candy5,' who practices traditional Japanese amezaiku candy art, has performed at the Epcot Center and art exhibitions around the world.


Central Asia's Ancient Silk Road Shaped Our Modern Diet, Study Shows

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The study is shifting the long-Eurocentric historical record, and has major implications for how archaeologists understand Central Asia.


Catching the Embers of Taiwan's Dying Fire-fishing Tradition

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A generations-old tradition of luring sardines with fire is under threat.


From Nazis to Noodles: How Shanghai Welcomed WWII's Jewish Refugees

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Shanghai's Hongkou was one of the few places in the world to throw open its doors to Jews fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany.


Inside Indonesia's Visionary Chicken Church

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A peek inside Java's Gereja Ayam, a devoted man's enduring contribution to folk architecture.


China's Water Wars: Debate Rages over Right Temperature to Drink Water

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Nowhere else in the world is the temperature water should be consumed as hotly debated as in China.


Welcome to Shanghai's Marriage Market

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Shanghai's so-called Marriage Market allows parents to advertise their lovelorn children in low-tech, ink-and-paper dating profiles.

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