Arts & Culture


Reality Check: How Chinese Singing Shows Create Content, Not Stars

Asian Pop Weekly

The singing competitions taking over Chinese TV shift the Mandopop balance of power to China, but fail to prop up the future careers of their contestants.


Reality Check: Chinese Televised Singing Competitions and Brand China

Asian Pop Weekly

China's televised singing competitions are taking the world by storm and doing wonders for brand China, but there's more to Mandopop than what you see on screen.


PHOTO ESSAY: A Journey Along India's Assam-Nagaland Insurgent Border

The 400-km-plus border in northeast India, site of periodic eruptions of conflict, also bears witness to friendship, family and hope.


CARTOON: Saturday Night Dive

Stellina Chen

Attempts to launch 'Saturday Night Live' in China have hit predictable headwinds.


ILLUSTRATION: Artist Inks Vietnam's Iconic Musical Instruments


The ink on postage stamp illustrations act as a powerful expression of Vietnam's traditional musical culture.


PHOTOS: Making Miniature Worlds with Taiwanese Artist Hank Cheng


Model maker Hank Cheng's dioramas are something special.


CARTOON: Xi Spits Back Mattis' 'Medium-tough' South China Sea Saber-Rattle

Stellina Chen

China's president found the US defense secretary's threats a little hard to swallow.

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